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Professional editing services

At some point in the writing process, it is worth getting your ms corrected by a professional service.  The cost is certainly well worth the hassle of having to revise your article several times before it can be accepted.  Please remember that a ms that does not come up to the highest writing standards will not be allowed through to production.

Do not be ashamed of using them, even if you are a native speaker.  If you are a non-native, it will be a major boost to your ms.  You will save time and hassle; the money is well spent.  It could also make the cucial difference between having your ms accepted and rejected, and even getting your final ms accepted.  Cases have arisen where an author has gone through the long review process, revised (maybe several times), done a final version, and then had the final version refused because the quality of writing was not up to scratch.  The author then hires a profesional editor, and the ms breezes through.

Probably the best moment to ask for professional editing work is before you submit v1 - version 1.  Submitting a clear, clean ms to reviewers will allow them to give a higher evaluation and thus greater chance of being accepted.  When (and if) you get to submitting your final ms, you could then ask for a quick, light read.  This option is probably best if you are confident that your v1 will not need much revision.  Thisn option is probably also best for non-native speakers who till have difficulty writing smooth, easy to read text.

Alternatively, you can wait until before you submit your final ms.  This means that your professional editor will be working on the last version.  This option is probably best when you antivcipate having to make many changes to your ms, between v1 anf final version.  If you are a native speaker, and if you writing is good, then this option is best.  When you get to preparing the final version, the editor may recommend that you get a professional editor.

When you send your ms (v1 or final), indicate in the cover sheet: (a) if you use a professional editing service, (b) which one (name, URL, email), and (c) how satisfactory you found them to be.  You do not have to use the ones suggested below.  Using an editing service does not guaranbtee that your ms will be accepted.  However, it increases your chances.

Some services:

  1. An excellent service is Suzanne Collins, a copy editor and language editor - - suzanne[at]  Her web site says this:

"It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages."  William Carlos Williams

As a freelance editor, I work to make your ideas work for you. First impressions can mean a great deal. Whether it's checking that your spelling and grammar is error free, or working with you to develop your structure, improve the flow of your text, or come up with more dynamic prose, my services will help you get your work noticed.

I have worked with articles large and small, from short scientific journal papers to entire published books, essay collections, advertising material and website content.

  1. Another excellent service is Christina Boyes - a mutli-skilled editor - - christina -at-  Here is a blurb from her web site:

Copy, when crafted correctly, involves time, patience, and thorough research. That's where our professional training comes in handy. In addition to creating novel products, our services include copy editing, proofreading, text editing (also called substantive editing or deep editing), and indexing.

High ROI and unbeatable quality are the trademarks of our written products.

  1. From the Sage web site -

SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit for more information about SPiís Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An authorís use of SPiís services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

  1. An alternative service is The Hired Hand at

You could also look at the following:

It is always a good idea to ask your editing service to consult this author guide.  Also ask them to look at the check list.  This will allow them to edit your article according to specific S&G requirements.

Be aware that each journal has its own style.  S&G is essentielly APA, but does have a few specific requirements, hence this author guide.