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Scientific Editing

Get the best out of your writing with expert in-depth editing and advice from our Nature-standard editors.

We specialize in research papers, reviews and grant applications within the natural sciences (medicine, biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences).

Nature-Standard Editors

Your work is edited by Nature-standard developmental editors who:

  • Are PhD-qualified in a relevant topic
  • Have mostly worked as editors at high-impact journals (at a variety of publishers), in some cases as Chief Editors
  • Understand the publishing process and know what top journal editors and reviewers look for and what can stand in the way of success

We won’t show your paper to any Nature journal editors, so you can be confident that when you later submit to a journal, the editor’s decision will be independent of your original text and our suggestions.

Please see also our Terms of Service for other core principles, for example regarding the confidentiality of your documents.

  • We do not infringe on authorship.
    • When editing documents, wherever possible, we provide our edits and comments in an easily reviewed format. We encourage authors to review our input critically, rather than accepting all of our edits without review or acting on all of our comments.
    • We never confirm that any document is ready for submission, submit anything to a journal or funder, or correspond with journal editors or peer reviewers on behalf of authors.
    • We do not ghost-write, and we do not introduce ideas into documents that are not already present therein. Our editing focuses on improving the communication of the existing research.

  • We do not involve ourselves in the publishing process.
    • We do not guarantee publication of papers or funding of grant applications. We expect journal editors and funding panels to make these decisions entirely independently of Nature Research Editing Service and other author services providers.
    • Draft journal articles and the scientific information within them are not shared with professional editors who make decisions on research papers at Springer Nature journals.
    • Any comments that we make regarding specific journals are explicitly presented as opinion only, and not, for example, as definitive outcomes of submission (i.e., not as ‘pre-decisions’).
    • If an author is specifically interested in whether a Springer Nature journal might wish to publish a document, or has any other query for which a Springer Nature journal editor is the most appropriate contact, we will suggest that the author contacts the journal directly.
    • We do not suggest peer reviewers.

  • Our aim is to serve the interests of authors and institutions, not the editorial and publishing interests of Springer Nature journals.
    • We openly and clearly declare to potential and current customers that we are part of Springer Nature, so that our indirect financial associations with Springer Nature journals are known, and we inform potential customers about our independence from the publishing process.
    • We aim to be publisher neutral in our editing and advice, and especially in our journal recommendations (where applicable). We take steps both in the editing and advice itself and when recruiting and training editors to help us achieve this aim.
    • Nature Research Editing Service does not measure its success in terms of the publication of edited documents at Springer Nature journals.

  • General policies
    • We do not engage in or encourage practices that contravene relevant ethical guidelines, such as the COPE guidelines.
    • We review these policies on a regular basis, and keep up-to-date with issues arising in the publication ethics landscape.
    • We train editors to follow these policies, and we monitor adherence to these policies.
    • We will take action if it comes to our attention that we have inadvertently failed to follow any relevant policies or applicable ethical guidelines.
    • Where invited to comment on the scientific content of papers, we point out and explain perceived poor practice. Should we have reasonable grounds to suspect that author conduct severely infringes ethical requirements or laws (particularly where unacceptable harm to humans or animals is suspected), we act on this.

Our Process

Stage 1: Language Edit

Your work is submitted for ‘English Language Editing: Silver’ as the preliminary stage to correct any spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. This allows the editors in the all-important later stages to focus on your ideas and not your language usage.


Stage 2: Developmental Edit

This is the main stage of the scientific editing process. It is performed by a Nature-standard developmental editor who is selected specifically for his or her understanding of the science within your paper. The edits and advice encompass:

  • How well your argument reflects your central question or objective
  • The structure, clarity, flow and relative emphasis of the arguments
  • The description of your rationale, your methods and how your conclusions were derived
  • The presentation of context and of any objectively justifiable implications of the research
  • The clarity and suitability of your figures, tables and supplementary information
  • Any sections that lack detail or are unnecessarily long
  • The effectiveness of your cover letter and other supporting materials (if provided)

Stage 3: Quality Assurance Edit

In the final stage, your text is comprehensively reviewed by another Nature-standard editor. This editor examines the text again in detail and provides additional edits and feedback to ensure that our editing and advice are as useful to you as possible.


Receive a Feedback Report

In addition to your edited files, you will receive a custom 4–8 page report containing:

  • Feedback on the most important issues identified during the edit
  • Journal recommendations (if your text is a journal article)
  • Insight into how journal editors, peer reviewers and readers might view your text
  • Advice for improving your writing in the future

Note: you can request only the report, if you would like to revise the paper based on our overall editorial feedback. You can also request only the editing, for example, once you have revised a paper using the feedback in a report.


Click one of the links below to download an example of what our final products look like.

What Customers Say

Thank you very much for the excellent editing and consultation, from which I have learnt a lot.

Professor · Sun Yat Sen University · China

…the objective critiques enabled us to write a stronger paper that caught the eye of the editors at the Journal of Experimental Medicine and impressed the referees that reviewed the manuscript.

Research Fellow · University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) · USA

The editing service is outstanding and unique in its depth! Offering developmental edits and having experienced editors who worked for and have published in high-impact journals was the major reason for choosing your particular editing service.

Assistant Professor · Johns Hopkins University · USA

Thank you for your editing. It is really informative for me in enhancing the quality of my study.

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