Questions related to Proofreading
It is my observation that the RG Score has encouraged members to contribute expert scientific answers on the discussion threads, because Answers can raise one's RG Score each week, while posting scientific research Articles carries less weight, because the non-discussion thread portion of one's RG Score depends quite heavily on the number of Reads and Recommendations which any posted article in a specialized field may receive. Time is also a factor, because the discussion threads are more readily accessible so that one can participate and contribute one's expert scientific opinions everyday and for as long as one is able, but researching and writing a scientific paper requires a significant amount of time, not to mention the wait-time during the submission, editorial screening, peer review, proofreading, press run and distribution processes.
I cited a piece of information while submitting my article back in 2021. During submission, it was state-of-the-art. After being accepted in 2022, I found updated state-of-the-art published very recently. Should I update my citation with the 2022 data?
In the current stage, we, the authors, will submit the final files, and the editorial office will give us another chance of proofreading after adapting to the formats. And, it is just a piece of information in the Introduction section and doesn't affect the result/outcome of the article.
Thanks for your time!
I am looking for a journal for our research. In our study, we focused on the synesthesia experience among six of the seven siblings. In the first study, we compared the auditory stimulus and color perception consistency of six siblings with their peers who did not experience synesthesia, and we found that these siblings empirically associated sounds with specific colors. In our second study, we used IPA to reveal the similarities and differences between the experiences of these siblings. Since we are not native speakers, our work has been proofread by an international company known in the field, even if we all complete our Ph.D. in English. However, we received rejections from about 15 journals as they were not suitable for the journal's scope.
In each journal we submitted, we checked that both a study on synesthesia and a study using a relatively less-known qualitative method such as IPA were published. Of all the journals to which we sent our manuscript, only 1 was rejected due to language problems. All the remaining journals stated that the study was out of the journal's scope. Among these journals were journals such as Current Psychology and the International Journal of Psychology, which published studies in many subfields of psychology. There were also journals that focused on more specific areas, such as the Journal of Mixed Methods Research or Color Research & Application. As a result, we feel that we have screened all potential SSC indexed journals. Linked you can see the preprint version of our manuscript:
I would especially appreciate your science citation indexed (SCI), social sciences citation indexed (SSCI), science citation index-expanded (SCI-E), or emerged source citation indexed (E-SCI) journal suggestions. Due to our local currency, we cannot submit our work to journals that charge for publication. So, no-fee journals would be great.
Other recommendations are also welcome!
I need real help from you. You must publish an item in a top Journal (WoS).
I used a professional English publishing service until now, but it was not enough for me.
I’m looking for another editing service with more complex services (including formatting on journal requirements). But I don’t know which one to choose. Plus, they have very high prices relative to my low income. But even at these prices, I don’t know if to risk it. I’ve seen some recommendations, but I don’t know what to choose. Some still recommend such services on the internet, but I do not know how much confidence to have. My impression is that most of them are self-recommending. (they work on such services)
Please recommend to me only if you have collaborated with such a service, and following this collaboration, you have managed to publish to a WoS Journal.
Some journal' editor said that "the authors should provide proof that the paper has been proofread by a native English speaker". Is this a reasonable request?; if yes, How can I provide it.
Is it okay to make a proofreader as second author? And i want to make some paper this year, maybe any of you interested for that role? (do proofreading and as a Second or third author) You may answer here or send message dirrectly to me. Thank you before
My Manuscript has been accepted. I received the email of the Editor that a certificate of proofreading from Native English Speaker is mandatory to publish your MS. If someone can help to check my MS for English language usage, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, i will be very thankful. This will save my money. firstname.lastname@example.org
Every day I receive at one email concerning research proofreading. But I have not send them any paper. I do not know if any of you have any experience with them. If they have proficiency in editing manuscripts..
Has anyone used the proofreading services of the journal publisher before submitting a paper? Some publishers offer this option with a fee. Would you recommend it as an option? Could it be increasing the chances for publication? Would you evaluate it as a reviewer?
For non-natives, a manuscript is often rejected based on the reason that idea is not presented clearly. Please ask a native colleague to proofread it.
There is no offense to say that I am non-native and have been facing rejections for the same reason. Concerning this, please guide me 1): how do you ask someone from the same field to modify/proofread your manuscript? 2): how do you develop trust in that person? 3): if one agrees to proofread and modify, which rank he/she deserves on the authors' list? And 4): is it okay to approach a full professor to do this task?
Looking forward to answers and guidelines by experts
Note: I have a complete manuscript that requires a native speaker to work on it.
Details; quantitative research, time-lagged cross-sectional design, emotional labor, organizational behaviors, individual-level data, and bank employees.
Most non-native speakers seek to hire a professional language editor to proofread their manuscript so that they may secure an acceptance. However, these authors expect language editors to beautify the original text at the stylistic level to improve the overall readability of the submitted manuscripts. However, native speakers are committed to maintaining the original voice of the authors. Unless comments on the style of writing are not requested, most language editors will deal with the errors in the text. Of course, requesting customized edits would require direct author-to-editor communication (not through individual or institutional mediators).
Therefore, it might be useful for authors to familiarize themselves with the following types of editing.
1. Simple proofreading (checking grammar, punctuation, and word use at the basic level)
2. Copy-editing (proofreading with suggestions for improved sentence structure and word use)
3. Line editing (substantive copy-editing: a more comprehensive view, looking for the flow of thoughts, originality, paragraphing, redundancy, coherence, factuality of the given information and contradiction)
4. Developmental editing (comments on the structure of the thesis, its visualization, conceptual model, formatting, Reference consistency, comprehensibility of the line of thoughts and organization)
The following items must be defined.
- Specialty and subspecialty (to select editors who are most versed in your domain).
- English spelling (American, British or Canadian).
- Type of the required editing (Proofreading, Copyediting, Line editing, or Developmental editing).
- References and appendices (The style sheet must be defined: APA, MLA, Chicago,....etc).
- Reports and invoices (if indicated, requesting reports and invoices must be stated earlier in the conversation).
- Tips and feedback ( If the authors are willing to learn from their errors, they should request inline comments and general feedback).
To the best of my knowledge, Peerwith is the ONLY platform that provides a secure peer-to-peer language editing service.
The Manuscript deals on sexual ornaments and non-breeding events in a Eurasian ornamented bird. It was fisrtly unaccepted in Bird Study, Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Acta Ethologica.
The manuscript will change during the review process.
I don't know, whether I receive funding, so I want to keep costs low.
I am not a native English speaker, but I don't have problems with the language either.
However, I don't know how picky editors are about potential language flaws.
Any ideas or suggestions?
Its a very special time that we are trying to review our own ways of doing things during pandemic period. At the same time we can connect scientifically. Please I will be glad if I can get two native speakers who can share their email here and I send a manuscript to them. They must be good authors in the marketing/consumer behavior and have some papers in SSCI/SCI. I will recognize the output by adding as a co-author. Thank you.
Our lab has had great success with a range of PCRs using Kapa 2G Robust - particularly good with dirty samples and tricky PCRs that either fail or struggle to amplify well with standard Taqs. The issue is Kapa decided to use an alternative distributor, which effectively means we need to order our polymerase 6 months in advance (I wish I was joking, but actually true). Kapa don't seem to care.
So... what other engineered/evolved polymerases do you like for routine PCR work? (I already like Phusion/iProof polymerase for long/proofreading work, but wanting something for the mundane stuff).
within my studies I usually analyse the effect of computer (VDT/VDU) work on (visual) ergonomics. I would really appreciate having a software that occupies my subjects with repeatable kognitive and visual tasks at the computer screen for a given period of time.
At the moment, we use self made tasks (e.g. proofreading) based on the IReST - International Reading Speed Texts, but are not totally happy with that.
Does anybody heard about something like that? For ergonomics, there are work simulators (e.g.
ErgosTM) utilized as functional capacity evaluation test, but until now, i found nothing for simulation typical tasks for computer work.
Thanks to everyone!
Hello. I have got rejection decision of submitted manuscript. As usual when i recieved decision of manuscript, every anonymous reviewer's comment and descion was available. In this letter I have just one review decision "Reject" and several points of reason. Moreover, before submitting the manuscript i sent it to language edition; and in rejection reasons one of the reason is grammar mistakes, proofreading is needed.
Can I argue the decision? How to make it in polite way? Can i ask to provide decision of every reviewer?
I am little confused with decision.
Thank you for your feedback.
In order to write a good research paper, I need guidance on proofreading softwares/tools that help make a paper a good piece of academic writing.
How often are your articles rejected due to poor or ineffective language of the content in the article? How often do you have to take help from professional writers for improving the language quality of your research article? Do these professional writers really make the work worthy of being published or the authors themselves have to take that responsibility at all stages even after proof reading ?
How is the scenario different in english speaking developed, non-english speaking developed and developing countries?
Sorry for so many questions. Please answer any of these if you want.
I need to submit and publish a research paper in a journal and I am looking for professional editing services. I already contacted San Francisco Edit" service. Does someone know about their quality of service?
I believe proofreading is a very beneficial habit in writing papers, reports, chapters, ..etc. I trust some people who do that for me. Is there any website doing that?let us know what are you doing?
The set of questions designed to test Acceptance and Usability of Human robot Collaboration by Intellectually disabled people working in Sheltered Workshops of Germany needs to be checked by an expert in the field for reliability and clarity.
Is it possible for qualified persons to collaborate with local researchers to access the method of publication of research acceptable in international journals within the first category. If a particular person has the ability to categorize and correct the language in which paper wrote by the researcher, please replay
As non native english speaker, I havr many troubles with my english papers language, is there anyy free site / software that can help?
My PhD student has been working with eDNA samples working on 2 genes namely COI (Leray's-313bp) and the MiFish-12S primers. He is using Illumina overhanging adapter with specific primers to amplify each samples, which means the primers became quite long with additional 30+ bp of the overhanging adapter (for each ends). He is now having problem with COI amplification. He did try a lot of protocols including Leray's touchdown PCR method, from using normal taq polymerase to using HiFi proofreading polymerase. And finally when he used HiFi polymerase there are some clear bands of non-specific amplification at 100bp+ region. However, we suspect that the bands are not the target size. With the COI primer, he is supposed to get 313bp, and with the addition of the overhanging adapters (+67bp), he is supposed to get a product with 380bp. But the product size is at 450bp+.
We need some advice here, because he is using pre-stained GelRed, and it may cause some issues with slow DNA migration in gels. Or probably, he did not amplified the right mtDNA. His positive control, labelled FISH did amplify at 400bp-ish. He repeated with the gel, but he still get similar band patterns. Is it possible that the target size is higher with the primer his using? He also gets a faint band on the negative control. He is sure that all his chemicals are fresh and he used fresh nuclease free water in the experiment.
The details of primers used-
*the underlined nucleotides is the Illumina adapter
from: Leray, Matthieu, et al. "A new versatile primer set targeting a short fragment of the mitochondrial COI region for metabarcoding metazoan diversity: application for characterizing coral reef fish gut contents." Frontiers in zoology 10 (2013): 34.
Is it possible that the HiFi polymerase caused this 'contamination' to occur, because he did not see any bands or smearing for the negative control when he used the normal taq KAPA HiFi HotStart ReadyMix (2X) and buffer.
Can someone help us. We are at our wits end trying to figure out these problems. Thank you.
One of my journal papers was under review in a reputed journal for over 2 years. Initially, there were major revisions, we submitted 4 revisions to the journal incorporating reviewers comments and justifying contribution of our paper.
In our last revision, it was minor revision. We did changes in 10 sentences (Question based headlines to statement based headlined) and did through proofreading.
After submission of the very minor revision (changes only in 10 sentence) and proofreading, I have got this mail from the new Editor-in-Chief after 10 month that our paper got rejected based on editorial objective and type of paper (as it was a review paper).
After 2 years, they found that our paper was not matching their editorial guidelines, hence, hence they cannot publish paper in the journal in its current state.
I do not know really how to handle this situation. I am not just questioning their judgement, but after 2 years they showed that it did not quality their editorial objective and journal scope (as it was review paper). I lost almost 2 years time to know their views after several revisions.
My questions to my research colleagues: Have you faced this situation in your research life? What did you do in such situation?
Requesting your views and suggestion.
When dealing with a manuscript I comprehended that my co-authors and myself have to read, update, expand, correct the manuscript for about 40 times before it is sent to the journal. Plus a statistician should be included. Plus proofreading. This number is let’s say final and this number can be divided to the number of co-authors. Probably this partly depends on the organization of writing/publishing from institution to institution. The number is an estimate for the publication in a journal indexed in Current Contents.
Comparing the relevance of medical information about ischemic heart disease retrieved by 2 search engines: Google and Bing
As the connection quality and internet availability are improving, more and more patients tend to use search engines to retrieve medical information about their health issues through search engines. However, most patients are hardly able to acquire essential knowledge as effectively as an experienced search engine user nor can they confirm the validity of the retrieved medical information. Accordingly, identifying the relevance of retrieved medical information with efficiency is very important for patients to improve the communicative quality with clinicians so as to make better decisions on their health issues.
The study was to compare the relevance of medical information retrieved by 2 search engines: Google and Bing and to help non-professional patients seek out pertinent medical information about ischemic heart disease.
Method and material
We conducted 2 online searches using Google and Bing search engines to collect retrieved web pages in 100 rankings through loading keywords “ischemic heart disease” and its equivalent term “coronary artery disease” in Feb 2018. Commercials, adverts, text over 32,767 characters, images or videos were excluded out of our study.
The relevance of information was evaluated by 6 indicators which include pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and risk factors with reference to the main page about ischemic heart disease of Wikipedia. Each indicator consisted of a series of keywords such as “ECG” or “myocardial” to indicate the relevance of medical information on the page. All websites were categorized into commercial (.com and .co.) and non-commercial (.gov, .edu and .org) via their top level domains.
A total of 200 pages evenly collected by Google and Bing search engines were investigated, managed and analysed by Microsoft Excel 2010 and Chi-squared was applied to show the significance among collected data.
Results and conclusion
Commercial websites (.com or .co.) were more likely to be retrieved than non-commercial websites (.edu, .gov and .org) by Bing search engines (p<0.05), but no statistical difference in number between commercial and non-commercial websites through Google search engine. Furthermore, dot edu websites retrieved by Google engine provided lower relevant medical information about ischemic heart disease in comparison with commercial websites. Likewise, dot.gov pages retrieved by Bing search engine provided less relevant medical information than commercial websites. Both carried significant difference in statistics (p<0.05).
Combining pages collected by two search engines, non-Commercial websites did not provide more relevant information about ischemic heart disease than commercial websites. The relevance of medical information on top 25 ranking websites searched by Bing had no difference from that by Google search engine, but on the following pages from 26 to 100, Bing provided more relevant medical information about ischemic heart disease than that by Google (p<0.05).
Search engines with different settings bring about distinctive results, so being aware of the relevance of retrieved medical information provided by search engines is critical for patients to improve their communicative quality with clinicians.
A number of search engine users tend to preconceive commercial websites provide less relevant medical information and mostly they believe non-commercial websites such as educational or governmental websites should provide more relevant medical information on the pages, however our study showed commercial websites provided more relevant medical information than non-commercial websites (.edu, gov or .org) in general. Educational websites by Google or governmental websites by Bing provided less relevant medical information in comparison with other categories of websites.
In terms of page rankings, amateur seekers tend to concentrate on the top 10 ranking pages with minimal interest in further searching the following pages but our study showed top 30 ranking pages gave equivalent relevance on pages no matter with Google or Bing search engine.
Keywords: ischemic heart disease, coronary artery disease, Bing, Google, search engine
Thank you very much for the congress activity, impressive development and my invitation.
I finalizing my paper to the congress issue: Yuri Kartavtsev. "The evolutionary-and-genetic paradigm development: Neo-Darwinism vs. molecular evolution fit”. It is an assignment, short as possible. However, it in demanded format is 8 pages without References and 3 figures. Total volume is 17 pages. Should invited speaker follow 5 pages standard or there is a relaxed limit in this case?
If you will accept such MS volume, I’ll proofread finally this short review and submit it soon after on the congress site as requested.
For an occasion I attach draft of the paper.
Hello. We are trying to clone a2-3 kb long insert into a 3,5 kb long vector by NEBuilder. We had to amplificate by PCR both the insert and the vector. We used MyFi polimerase.( https://www.bioline.com/de/myfi-dna-polymerase.html ). The products contain 2-3 mutations, so the polymerase made mistakes, but it is a proofreading, high fidelity taq... Why could it happen? What circumstances could cause this?
I have a colleague engineer who is retired and is very good at proofreading scientific manuscripts and technical papers. He asked me how to get into proofreading business: freelance or join some bigger company. I assume he wants some part time thing but was not sure what to recommend on how to start. Any suggestions?
Generally it is advised to use T4 DNA polymerase to generate overhangs in Ligation Independent Cloning (LIC). Since both these enzymes (Phusion and T4 polymerase) have 3`->5` exonulcease proofreading activity, can we use Phusion polymerase instead of T4 DNA polymerase.
I have confused on this ?
What are differences among Language Editing, Proofreading and Copy Editing ?Are they used interchangeably ? any clear lines among them ?
In my working experience, many authors write to change their funding project names after the paper is accepted or during the proofread and formal publication period.
To this phenomenon, what are your comments and suggestions?
Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek an advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts. There are many associations, which do it for money. Do you have any experience? Do you know any web site with an individual offer?
I personally was working only with the American Manuscript Editors. It is quite good association. They take $0.03 per word (a number of word from MS Word). The price isn't so high, but if the salary is $800 - $900, it is quite a lot of money (average bill is $100 - $150).
Are those free online software's editing, proofreading services for scientific manuscripts truth worthy enough? Formatting of the paper would be an added value service. What about the confidentiality factor? I need info on the latest actual updates. Thanks in advance.
I need English proof reading for my Arabic computational linguistics research, about 80 pages, it's English text with Arabic linguistics terms, a job not for free
What is the importance of proofreading a document on screen for online readers?
Is it the same as proofreading a hand-written document?
What are the differences in the eyes of the readers reading on screen and the ones reading off screen? Do they end with having different perspectives?
Is it easier to detect errors in a document presented online for online readers than detecting errors on a paper?
gRNA kits say to "linearise" the plasmid containing your promoter+gRNA right after the termination signal. I was wondering whats the point of having the whole backbone there?. Cant you just cut at each side of your cassette (Promoter+gRNA) and electroporate that into your cells? Some of these kits say to use 4ug of template per reaction which it sounds to me like a lot. In addition, 4ug of a 10kb linearised vector containing your Promoter+gRNA wont be the same as transfecting 500bp of promoter+gRNA (i.e. without backbone). If you can cut at each side of your cassette and use this for synthesis cant you probably get away with using 1ug only or less?
On a different note, could you PCR with a proofreading polymerase your promoter+guides and transfect that? I find much easier to get large amounts of DNA this way. My only worry is that not 100% of the copies will be error free and if you are doing point mutation genome editing you may want to use a plasmid?
Any thoughts with these questions would be highly appreciated.
I am trying to sequence (Miseq) a custom amplicon from many samples using the Nextera indexes. For those of you not familiar, this involves a two step PCR protocol. The first round of PCR is carried out with your custom primers that have 5' overhangs complementary to the nextera indexes. The second round of PCR adds the indexes and adapters. The issue I am having is that my primer set contains inosine and so I can only get amplification using a Taq polymerase (Accuprime Taq in my case). This leaves my 1st PCR product with 3' A overhangs and I am not sure how this will effect the 2nd PCR step.
If I use a proofreading enzyme in the 2nd step, will this remove the 3' A's or do I need to include a specific step in my protocol to blunt my 1st round amplicons?
Could I accomplish blunting by using a proofreading polymerase and including a 72 degree incubation before the initial denaturing step in my 2nd round of PCR? Do I need to do a specific blunting step and then an additional PCR cleanup before round 2 of PCR?
I have written research articles and sending them in reputed research journals but came back with remarks for English language, and they often say to get it checked by a native English speaker. I request some native English speakers to correct the English of my articles, and I include your name as co-author in articles.
I wish that the person should belongs to academic fraternity, not a compulsion.
My area of research is marketing and tourism.