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.
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