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Shearson Editorial Services—Carlotta Shearson, proprietor—provides substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading services, specializing in presubmission editing of scientific journal articles written by authors for whom English is a second language (ESL editing).

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Scientific Editing Services

When you submit a scientific journal article to for editing, I will

  • Revise so that the text is clear, grammatically correct, and idiomatic—paying particular attention to word usage, agreement, parallelism, pronoun antecedents, modifier placement, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and use of scientific terminology.
  • Point out excessively wordy passages and suggest alternative wording, where possible. Point out and, if possible, suggest ways to fix problems with paragraph organization and focus.
  • Conform the article to a style manual (e.g., The ACS Style GuideAMA Manual of StyleScientific Style and Format), or to the style of the target journal, if specified.
  • Confirm that the target journal’s instructions for authors have been followed correctly, if a target journal has been specified.
  • Reconcile the reference list with the reference citations in the text, tables, and illustrations. (I do not edit or format references.)
  • Edit figure captions and table titles and ensure consistency between captions, titles, and contents. Check figure and table numbering sequences, including cross-references.
  • Edit words in figures and tables, if specifically requested (these words will be included in the word count).
  • Check numbering sequences for equations and chemical compounds, including cross-references.
  • Check headings for logical structure, parallelism, and consistent styling. Check heading number sequence, if applicable.
  • Answer questions that you may have during your review of the editing. Work with you to address any remaining inconsistencies and confusing passages after your review.

Copyediting and Substantive Editing since 1991, BELS Certified