How the service works

One round of editing is sometimes not sufficient for manuscripts to reach the level of English required. Therefore, we give you the opportunity to have two rounds of editing for our standard fee.

A second round of editing may be needed if there are places where the editor could not understand your intended meaning and clarification is required. In such cases, our editor will leave comments or suggestions for you during the first round of editing. You can then reply to any comments, make any changes you think might be needed and then return the manuscript for a “2nd (clarification) edit”.

How long does language editing take?

Manuscripts will be returned within three business days. Manuscripts of over 7,500 words will take an additional day for every additional 7,500 words.

Can I send you my manuscript if I’m not an RSC author?

We are happy to edit your manuscript regardless of which journal you are intending to submit to.

We have expert editors available across an extensive range of subject areas, as illustrated in our Editor Biographies, and our aim is to help you bring the language of your manuscript to be ready for submission, whatever the journal or subject area.

Will my manuscript be accepted after using your service?

Editorial decisions are made according to the acceptance criteria of the specific journal, and are based upon the quality of the scientific content of the manuscript, so we can’t promise that using the service will guarantee acceptance of your manuscript. However, poor and unclear language can obscure the scientific content of articles. If editors and/or reviewers cannot follow the rationale for, or the experimental design of, a study this can mean that the impact of the research that is being described is not clear which could lead to the rejection of scientifically valid research. Using editing services can help to address these problems but does not guarantee acceptance.

However, if your manuscript is rejected mainly for English-language reasons, we will re-edit it for free.

We can’t promise that using our service will guarantee acceptance of your manuscript – for more details, please read our Quality & Service statement.

What formats do you accept?

We accept .doc, .docx and .rtf formats.

We also accept manuscripts in LaTeX format but for the editing process we will copy the content into a .doc file to take advantage of the track changes and commenting features available. If supplying a LaTeX manuscript then please also supply a PDF version of the manuscript for reference purposes.

I’ve sent you my manuscript, what happens next?

Once you have completed the online form and sent us your manuscript you will receive an email confirmation of your order.

You will receive further notifications as your order progresses, and you can login to your account at any time to view the latest details on your order.

Once we have confirmed your order, your manuscript will be assigned to an editor in the relevant field of research. Your manuscript will be edited and returned to you with track changes enabled so that you can see what changes have been made by our editors. A clean version with all changes accepted will also be provided at this stage. Our editors will also use comments within the manuscript to communicate and collaborate with you with suggestions, where further information is required or for any clarification items. You may then address any of these comments and resubmit your manuscript for a “2nd (clarification) edit”. Once all issues have been addressed your manuscript (track changes version and clean version) will be returned to you along with a Royal Society of Chemistry certificate of language editing.

If you make any further changes to the manuscript following this point, these additions will not be included in our offer to re-edit the manuscript should it be rejected by a journal on the grounds of language.