Editing method

At Stallard Scientific Editing, we aim to produce a final edited document that is written to the level of an expert native-English writer. In tandem with this goal, we respect the writing style of the author and only make changes where necessary.

Editing method

Stallard Scientific Editing edits your document to:

  • improve the general readability and flow of the document
  • correct grammatical errors
  • correct errors in spelling and punctuation
  • ensure that a consistent style is used throughout the document (e.g., headings, references, paragraph indents)
  • rewrite sentences where the meaning is unclear
  • make changes to ensure brevity

Please note that we do not address issues concerning the overall structure, content, and scientific logic of the document.

Editing process explained

All documents are edited on-screen in Microsoft Word with the ‘Track Changes’ tool turned on (Tools >> Track changes). This enables the author to see and print out all of the changes made to the document. Comments to the author are highlighted in yellow, within square brackets.

Following editing, two files are returned to the author. The Edit1 file shows all changes made to your manuscript (see below), while in the Final1 file the changes have been accepted and only the edited text is visible. The author must carefully check the Final1 file to ensure that his/her meaning has been retained in the edited manuscript. If you have any questions regarding the changes made to the manuscript, please return the manuscript to us along with any queries to be answered (see our Ask-the-Editor Service); there is no additional charge for this service.

Our editing method is illustrated in the following example.

Original Text:

The onset of penetrative strainn metamorphism is marked by a rapid elimination of poorly-oriented clastic micas in favour of numerous smaler different composition grains.

Edit1 file (showing all changes):

The onset of penetrative strainn metamorphism is marked by thea rapid elimination of poorly_ oriented clastic micas in favour of numerous smaller different composition grains [Or do you mean ‘crystals’? If so, please replace.] of contrasting composition.

Note:
1. Inserted text is underlined and highlighted in blue.
2. Deleted text is highlighted in red and formatted as strikethrough (strikethrough).
3. Comments to the author are highlighted in yellow.

Final1 file (with all changes accepted and only the comments showing):

The onset of penetrative strain metamorphism is marked by the rapid elimination of poorly oriented clastic micas in favour of numerous smaller grains [Or do you mean ‘crystals’? If so, please replace.] of contrasting composition.