Life Science Editors will help you achieve your publishing and funding goals.
We offer two levels of services:
- a Scientific Edit by a Scientific Editor (who has experience at the bench, editing, and as a journal editor and/or grant writer)
- a Language Edit by a Language Editor (who has experience at the bench and editing)
Scientific Edit and Rate:
We leverage our unique experience reading and handling manuscripts at the top journals to your benefit. We have made hundreds of editorial decisions and know what journal editors and referees are looking for. Our rate for a Scientific Edit is $130/hr (academia) or $200/hr (biotech), with a 10% discount for new clients.
We edit first submissions, revisions, rebuttals, responses to reviewers, and cover letters. We typically spend 7-9 hours on a manuscript. Our edit is tailored to your needs and may include the following:
- Highlighting key results.
- Maximizing impact of the title and abstract to make a strong first impression.
- Rationalizing the work to accentuate impact.
- Ensuring the story is complete and the data are sufficient.
- Arranging the flow to improve readability, logic and interest.
- Preempting referee and editor concerns.
- Developing the cover letter to help convince an editor to review the paper.
- Strengthening revisions and rebuttals to fully address issues raised by the editor and referees.
Please note that we prioritize our efforts based on time.
Grant Proposal Editing
We edit grant proposals for all funding bodies. We have extensive experience editing proposals for NSF, NIH (including Research Grants and Program Project/Center Grants), ERC etc. We typically spend 10-15 hours on a 13-page proposal (i.e. R01 Specific Aims and Research Strategy) or 18-22 hours for a 20-page proposal (ERC B1 and B2). Our edit:
- Clarifies and promotes the significance and innovation.
- Accentuates the potential impact both in and outside the field.
- Verifies that the aims support the hypothesis and/or objective of the proposal.
- Develops the aims and ensures the proposed experiments fully address them.
- Ensures predicted outcomes, pitfalls and alternatives are clearly stated.
- Tailors the proposal to the grant call.
Language Edit and Rate:
Alternatively, we can focus on the readability of your manuscript or grant proposal. Our language edit will simplify sentences, and ensure correct spelling and grammar. This service is $0.10/word (academic) or $0.14/word (biotech).
Notes on process:
Your manuscript will be returned with edited changes and comments tracked in Word.
Edits are generally completed within 5-10 business days. Shorter turnarounds (<72 hours) are possible, with a 15% charge.