It is not always sufficient to simply correct the language of a scientific text. My service goes beyond straightforward editing. I critically examine the text from a scientific viewpoint and indicate places where, for example, an additional reference or more details are required to document a statement or for clarity.
When working on a document I ask the following questions:
♦ Does the style of the document comply with that requested and is the formatting consistent?
♦ Are the scientific data and ideas presented in a logical order?
♦ Is the information given in the correct section, e.g., in the case of a paper, results in the results section, discussion in the discussion etc.
♦ Are the scientific data and ideas clearly formulated without the use of unnecessarily complex language?
♦ Are any figures included clear, easily visible and easily understood?
♦ Are all the figures referred to in the text?
I will contact you before proceeding if I think major text rearrangements are necessary e.g., if the second or third answer is no. Other substantive editing will be carried out at my discretion as required; minor text rearrangements falling under question three will be made. As a matter of course, I correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and verb tenses.
I try to preserve the style of the author when suggesting changes.
I edit the reference section and indicate formatting errors unless requested not to do so.
I do not check whether the references cited are correct and, unless specifically requested, do not check that all references listed are cited in the text and vice versa.