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Academic Editing

Publication support

Are you a recent MA/BA graduate seeking attention of the academic community to kick start your career? Are you a PhD student wishing to have your paper published in a leading English professional journal? Are you an established professional in need of additional academic media exposure? Whatever your circumstances, Katya will ensure that your research gets published in the right journal attracting the attention it deserves.

Katya's work starts where your research ends. With her publication support packs, you can leave the onerous task of managing the submission and publication process to the professionals. She endeavours to manage the entire process with a minimal hassle for you, using her years of experience in dealing with leading academic journals.

She offers two levels of publication support with academic papers in English:

  • Standard editing
  • Advanced editing

 

English language editing

Katya provides an English language editing service, designed for researchers worldwide. Her goal is to ensure that your academic work is communicated clearly and accurately, in the highest quality English. She will:

  • adjust English to a native-speaker level
  • ensure usage of the highest quality English
  • correct grammar, punctuation, and other language mistakes
  • improve clarity of writing style
  • reword sentences to improve comprehension
  • offer advice and solutions on how to improve text quality
  • improve expression of messages
  • adjust formatting
  • flag mistakes where facts appear inaccurate

 

What Katya edits

She will edit the following, in any discipline:

  • Journal articles. She will edit your paper to ensure that your research is expressed in correct academic English. Your article will be edited with your intended journal in mind
  • Abstracts. She will edit your abstract to ensure that your research and conclusions are clearly presented
  • Dissertations. She will review your dissertation to make sure that the arguments are communicated in the highest quality English
  • Presentations. She will edit your slides so that the content is well-written and excellently presented, in order to support your messages
  • Grant Proposals. She will review your proposal, ensuring that your research plans, objectives and budget are clearly communicated. The aim of the service is to convey the value of your work in a clear and concise manner
  • Letters. – She will review your letter, ensuring that the content is written clearly and persuasively

For pricing information, please send her an email on katya.roberts.uk@gmail.com.

 

Manuscript formatting

Authors who wish to publish in an academic journal are required to follow certain formatting guidelines. Katya offers a manuscript formatting service, to ensure that researchers submit their papers in the correct format.

Your manuscript will be assigned to an expert academic editor, who will format your paper in accordance with the guidelines of your intended journal.

She will assess the following elements of your paper:

  • abstract
  • abbreviations
  • font style and type
  • margins and alignment
  • page numbering
  • references
  • running heads and titles
  • spacing

She will pinpoint any areas in which you are not following the guidelines and will suggest amendments. All changes to your manuscript will be clearly tracked so that they can be easily applied to your work.

Please note that she will not reduce the length of your abstract, but she will highlight your text when it is too long.

 

Selecting a journal

Selecting the right journal for your research affects the success of your work. This is true whether you are at the beginning of your career or an experienced scholar.

Once you have decided which journals are suitable for you, put them in order of priority, and decide which journal you are going to submit to first. You cannot submit your work to more than one journal at a time; this would be considered ‘multiple submission’ which is ethically wrong.

To decide which journal is right for you, think about the following factors:

  • Readership
  • Scope
  • Peer review & publication speed
  • Relation to you and your colleagues
    • Do you or your colleagues regularly cite work from this journal?
    • Have any of your colleagues published in this journal?
    • Did this publication lead to wide readership and citations of their paper?
  • Fees
    • Does the journal charge publication fees?
  • Indexing
    • Is the journal indexed? What is its Impact Factor?
    • If it doesn’t have an Impact Factor, does it use a different kind of system? (e.g. Eigen Factor?)

The Impact Factor (IF) of an academic journal is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the following year. Some subject areas cite more heavily than others, so the IF is not always a useful measure; think about this in relation to your field of research. A journal’s IF can be found on the journal’s webpage. If your paper is scientific, you could use the Eigen factor which uses an algebraic method to measure a journal’s importance in the scientific community.

The journal’s website will make it clear whether the journal is indexed or not.

 

Cover letter editing

As the first point of contact with your intended journal, a well-written cover letter is an important companion to your research. Often, editors do not have the time to thoroughly review each paper, and your cover letter is one of the only opportunities you have to convey the value of your work.

Katya will edit your cover letter to the highest of standards, ensuring that your article is well presented and that all language issues have been addressed. She will follow the guidelines of your intended journal, to maximise your chances of success. There will be one round of discussion after your manuscript is sent back, at which point you will be able to ask questions about the suggested changes.

Please note that cover letter editing can only be ordered as an addition to her English language editing service.

 

Structuring your paper

By consulting editors from some of the most prestigious journals, Katya has put together a checklist to help you when structuring your paper for publication.

Make sure that you read the journal’s instructions to authors very carefully before you begin work on your paper.

Here is a typical structure for a manuscript being submitted to scientific, technical, or medical journal.

Title

  • should accurately describe the subject of the paper
  • should be short, clear, and appealing
  • should not contain unfamiliar abbreviations
  • should include keywords about the results of your research as this will attract readers

 

Abstract

  • this is possibly the most important part of the manuscript and must immediately grab the reader’s attention
  • by reading the abstract, the reader will decide whether to read your paper in full
  • this is key to the editor’s decision on whether your paper should be sent out for review
  • read and follow the guidelines set out by the journal (they may specify details about length, structure, and citations) – these guidelines will be available on the journal’s website
  • make sure the abstract can be understood by a broad readership – avoid jargon or very difficult vocabulary
  • be concise and clear

 

Authors' list

  • all authors must agree on how this list will be presented and many journals require an authorship statement
  • authors’ names are often listed in decreasing order of their contribution to the work
  • the corresponding author is often named last in the authors' list
  • in some subject areas, authors’ names are listed alphabetically
  • you will need to make a decision on what is usually done in your field of research
  • ensure institutional affiliations for all authors are provided

 

Keywords

  • keywords assigned to a paper will aid discoverability and will be used by abstracting and indexing services

 

Introduction

  • summarise the goals, methods, and results of your research
  • indicate the problem or question you will be addressing
  • explain how you will test any hypotheses
  • describe why you have written your paper
  • acknowledge previous relevant work, and, in particular, any relevant published literature
  • place your work in the context of previous work and clarify how your work is different and/or how it addresses gaps in the research
  • define any abbreviations that you think readers might not know
  • explain any limitations of your research

 

Materials and methods

  • many science journals will require a section describing the experimental design used to gain the results being reported in the paper
  • describe the methods and equipment as plainly and concisely as possible
  • ensure you include trademarks or the names of equipment manufacturers where applicable
  • include a description of any additional techniques such as methods of statistical analysis
  • ensure you do not simply repeat text used in previous publications, even if the methods described are essentially the same
  • you must cite previously published methods where appropriate

 

Results

  • describe how your work was carried out
  • include details of your method and observations
  • explain how you analysed the data
  • include an appropriate level of detail
  • only include figures and data that are helpful and easy to understand and ensure symbols or formulae are explained

 

Discussion

  • explain the results
  • describe the effects, consequences, and outcomes of your results
  • compare your results with the work of others and, where appropriate, highlight what is new or novel about the results
  • explain why your results are important and why they will impact future studies in the area
  • explain any limitations of your research
  • make suggestions of further work that could be done

 

Conclusion

  • summarise your paper
  • highlight the key points
  • answer any questions posed in your introduction
  • do not include new data or extend discussions in your conclusion

 

Funding, acknowledgements, and data

  • list and thank organisations and institutions who have given you support
  • thank anyone who has helped you and given you feedback on your work
  • some journals require a separate section about funding
  • list any sources of funding, giving the full name of the funding body, the grant number (if available), and indicating which authors received the funding using author initials
  • some journals require inclusion of conflict of interest declaration, either as part of the acknowledgements or as a separate section
  • if you plan to make supporting data available, indicate the presence and location of the data in this section

 

References

  • don’t reference too much, only include sources that have made the most important contribution to your work
  • make sure you know thoroughly all of the materials you are referencing
  • avoid excessive self-citations
  • as far as possible, try to reference a broad range of authors geographically, including authors from outside your own community as this will help to establish the international significance of your work
  • pay close attention to journal style when referencing
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