Below you’ll find a few of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We hope you’ll find the answers you need here, but feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still have questions about our services. We’re happy to help you!
What are your qualifications?
All of our editors have met strict criteria for employment (listed here) and each editor has at least 10+ years of scientific editing experience. Our editors have successfully edited manuscripts that have appeared in top-tier journals, such as Nature, Science, and Cell, and many have also published their own work in these elite journals. We specifically recruit editors who have been trained at one of the Top 15 universities in the USA, and many of our editors are active researchers and/or hold positions on the editorial staffs for various scientific journals.
What types of services do you provide?
We edit biomedical and scientific documents, including – but not limited to – research manuscripts, review articles, Letters to the Editor, commentary pieces, “News & Views”-style articles, grants and fellowship applications submitted to both government agencies (i.e., NIH) and private foundations (i.e., charities that fund research programs), masters and doctoral students’ theses and dissertations, recommendation letters, and other science-based documents. Specifically, we correct the English language and grammar and improve the logical flow and clarity of your documents. We also condense prose that needs to meet certain word count and/or space requirements without compromising your intended message, and, finally, we provide journal formatting and cover letter composition upon request. For more details, please see our Services page found here.
Do you accept and edit documents in all fields of science?
Yes, although the majority of our editors specialize in the biological and biomedical sciences, our group also consists of editors who are experts in the physical sciences. Each order we receive is assigned to an editor whose expertise most closely matches the topic of the submitted document.
Do you provide translation services?
No, we do not translate documents. We only provide English editing services.
Do you edit manuscripts that have previously been translated by machines?
Although we do not recommend using machines or computer programs to translate documents, we do accept documents for editing that have been translated by such software, and we will do our best to edit them as we would any other document. However, because these programs frequently generate literal translations that do not reflect the authors’ intended message, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to correctly interpret these versions of your manuscript; thus, our edits may not preserve the authors’ original thoughts. Moreover, we reserve the right to decline to edit text that is completely uninterpretable.
Do you edit figures and tables?
We provide basic editing of figure legends, tables, and titles for figures and tables. We will also correct any grammatical errors within tables that are constructed in Microsoft Word as part of your manuscript submission. However, we do not reformat or build tables or figures. If we notice errors within tables and/or figures, we will highlight these issues to the authors and include specific instructions for how to address these concerns, but it is the authors’ responsibility to correct these points in the original files for the tables and figures.
Are your edits made in American English or British English?
The default language we use for spelling is American English, but we will happily edit your manuscript using British English if you prefer. Some journals specifically require American or British English; thus, if you choose our journal formatting service and your target journal typically publishes in British English, we will automatically edit your document in British English. If you do not request our journal formatting service but wish to have your document edited in British English, please simply indicate this preference in the notes/message section on your order form found here.
How will you edit and change my files?
We use the “Track Changes” function in Microsoft Word to edit documents (.doc or .docx files), which allows you to follow all the changes we make/suggest. For every document we receive for editing, we return two documents to the client: 1) a fully marked up document containing all the edits suggested by your editors, which allows you to pick and choose the edits you wish to accept, and 2) a finalized document in which all of the suggested edits have been accepted to create a new and improved version of your document for you to use going forward.
Do you provide samples of your editing services?
Yes, we routinely provide free two-page edits for our prospective clients using their own files. To take advantage of this service, simply use the “Get a Quote” form found here, and email your document to email@example.com. A member of our team will promptly review your request and provide a free sample of our editing style using the first two full pages of your document. If you like what you see, we hope you ask us to finish polishing and editing your document for you!
Can I get an estimated cost for my project before I submit a document for editing?
Yes, to obtain a free quote for your project, please use the “Get a Quote” form found here, and email your document to firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of our team will promptly review your request and provide a quote for your project by assessing the time it takes to edit and improve the first two full pages of your document and by taking into account any additional services you’ve requested (i.e., journal formatting, cover letter composition, and rush service). If the terms are acceptable to you, we hope you ask us to finish polishing and editing your document for you!
How do I submit a document for editing?
To ensure the security and confidentiality of your documents, our preferred method of file transfer is email; thus, we do not supply a means of file submission on our website. To submit an order, please fill out the information form found here and email your documents as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) files to email@example.com
Are my documents are kept confidential?
Yes, all of our editors are required to sign a confidentiality agreement before beginning work on any project. Additionally, we do not transfer files through our website to protect the security of our clients’ work. All file transfers and communications regarding our clients’ work are handled through direct email. Your research is safe with us!
What is the turnaround time for a document?
Our editors work 365 days per year to provide efficient, thorough editing. A standard order will be returned to the client within 5-7 days, if not sooner. Alternatively, we offer a rush order service for an additional fee (an additional 20% of the total cost) that will prioritize your document, and it will be returned to you in 2-3 days.
Are multiple revisions included in an order?
Our editors are skilled, detail-oriented native English speakers who are experts at optimizing the logical flow, clarity, and English grammar of research manuscripts, grants, and other scientific documents. Additionally, all orders are reviewed by a Senior Editor prior to returning the finished product(s) to the client, and all finalized orders are deemed ready for submission by our Senior Management Staff. Thus, we are confident that the revised documents you receive are the best versions of those files. However, if you feel that your document could be further improved, we are happy to provide additional revisions until you are completely satisfied.
Can I communicate with my editors after I submit my order?
Yes, after submitting a document or requesting a quote, the Senior Editor assigned to your project will personally contact you via email. The Senior Editor serves as the managing editor and oversees your document throughout the entire editing process. All questions, comments, and concerns regarding your order can be directed to your Senior Editor at any time by replying to the email you receive.
Can my manuscript be formatted for a specific journal?
Yes, simply notify us of your target journal, and we will ensure that your manuscript is ready for submission to that specific journal before returning your document. Since we operate on an hourly pricing model, we do not charge an additional fee for this service. However, keep in mind that journal formatting usually requires a little extra time and effort beyond that which is needed for standard editing; this will be reflected in the final payment due. If you wish to obtain an estimate for this service, please indicate your various needs to us using our “Get a Quote” form found here, and we will provide you an itemized estimate for your project.
Do you provide expedited service/rush orders?
Yes, rush orders are typically returned within 2-3 days (standard orders are returned within 5-7 days). To place a rush order, simply select “Rush Service” from the appropriate drop-down menu when you submit your order form (found here). The fee for rush orders is an additional 20% of the overall cost for the project based on the number of hours needed to edit and finalize the document.
Does the word count and editing include the references?
No, we do not edit the references section. However, we do edit the title page, acknowledgements, figure legends, and tables as part of a standard order in addition to the abstract and the main text of the manuscript. In terms of journal formatting, we will notify the authors if the references in the manuscript are cited and/or listed incorrectly given the authors’ indicated target journal, but due to the many different reference formatting programs available to researchers (i.e., Reference Manager, Endnote, Pages, etc.), we do not risk interfering with the existing formatting in a given document by correcting the references.
Will my editors assess the scientific merit of my paper?
No, we do not provide a critical examination of the scientific data presented in your document, nor do we suggest additional experiments that would provide more evidence for the claims presented in your manuscript or grant. Our editors are strictly focused on improving the flow, clarity, and grammar of your document to improve your chances of acceptance.
Can you guarantee that my paper will be accepted?
We are confident that our services will dramatically improve the logical flow, clarity, and English grammar of your document, which will undoubtedly improve your chances of acceptance. However, since we do not critically review your data (see previous question) and the style, composition, and grammar of any journal submission are only part of what reviewers consider when assessing a manuscript, we cannot guarantee that your paper will be accepted. That said, if our editors’ corrections and recommendations are included in your final journal submission, we guarantee that your paper will not be rejected based on language alone – otherwise, we will refund your order.
Where have manuscripts you’ve edited been published?
The Amino Group consists of editors who specialize in the biological, clinical, and physical sciences. As such, the breadth and depth of our edited work covers a wide variety of topics.
Our edited manuscripts have appeared in top-tier journals, including Nature, Science, Cell, and their subspecialty journals, such as Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, Nature Genetics, Nature Methods, Science China, and Cell Metabolism, among others. Additionally, we have edited manuscripts for many other well respected science journals, including the Journal of Cell Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Molecular Cell, the Journal of Immunology, PNAS, PLoS One, PLoS Genetics, Genes and Development, Development, Oncogene, Cancer Research, Oncology Reports, Blood, Cell Research, Science Signaling, Scientific Reports, EMBO Reports, the FASEB Journal, the Journal of Neuroscience, Neuron, Genes and Genetic Systems, the American Journal of Human Genetics, the Journal of Virology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and many others.
Our editors with expertise in clinical and translational research have edited manuscripts that have appeared in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Pediatric Research, the Journal of Child Health, Gastroenterology, the Journal of Radiation Research, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Brain, the European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, the Madridge Journal of Diabetes, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Annals of Plastic Surgery, Military Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the International Journal of Epidemiology, the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Human Pathology, Modern Pathology, Biomedical and Biophysical Research Communications, and more.
We also have editors that specialize in the physical sciences who have edited manuscripts that have appeared in Analytical Chemistry, Cytometry, Spectrochimica Acta, Applied Spectroscopy, Toxicology, the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, the Journal of Environmental Pathology Toxicology and Oncology, and others.
Finally, we have edited manuscripts on topics such as biotechnology and veterinary research. These manuscripts have appeared in the Research Journal of Biotechnology, Veterinary Pathology, and the Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research.
What forms of payment do you accept?
For your personal and financial protection, we use PayPal as a third party service to handle all transactions. Following the completion of your project, you will receive an email invoice from PayPal that contains a simple and easy-to-use “Pay Now” button. PayPal accepts all major credit cards and debit cards, performs instant bank wire transfers, and facilitates eChecks (delayed bank transfers). Additionally, PayPal Balances, PayPal Cards, and PayPal Credits can also be used. If you do not have a PayPal account or do not wish to create one, you can still pay your PayPal invoice using a credit card or a debit card without ever needing to create a personal PayPal account. For more information about paying invoices with PayPal, please click here. Alternative forms of payment are only offered in rare cases and must be pre-approved and arranged prior to receiving any services.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes, we offer a variety of discounts. For more details, please visit our Pricing page found here.