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

Content areas include

  • Chemistry: organic, medicinal, environmental
  • Biochemistry, chemical biology, molecular biology
  • Medicine
  • Paleontology
  • Ornithology
  • General science
  • History of science
  • Quilting, knitting and crochet, weaving, soap-making, basketry, and other handicrafts

Scientific Editing Services

When you submit a scientific journal article to Shearson Editorial Services for editing, we will

    • Revise so that the writing is grammatically correct and idiomatic—paying particular attention to punctuation, spelling, capitalization, word usage, agreement, parallelism, pronoun antecedents, modifier placement, and use of scientific terminology.

    • Point out unclear or 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 Guide, AMA Manual of Style, Scientific Style and Format).

    • 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 impose 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.

    • Confirm that the target journal’s instructions for authors have been followed correctly, if the target journal is specified.

    • 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.