Copy editing and language polishing

Manuscripts that are accepted for publication will usually be checked by a copyeditor for spelling and formal style. All journals follow certain standards with regard to the presentation of the content and copyeditors make sure that manuscripts conform to these styles. For example, they will check the references against the reference style and correct them if necessary. Any discrepancies between the list and the citation in the text will be pointed out to the author later in the proofs.

If English is not your native language you may want to have your manuscript edited by a native speaker or use a professional language editing service, where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review. Two such services are provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts. They provide for scientific articles in medicine, biomedical and life sciences, chemistry, physics, engineering, business/economics, and humanities. Please contact:

Using an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication. Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts will charge authors directly for these language polishing services.