Scientific Editing for Peer Review

Developmental editing of manuscripts for peer review.

I left academia in 2014 to pursue a career in popular science writing and communication. But the world of research has never been too far away. Shortly after my last academic position, I began freelancing as a developmental editor of scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals for Nature Research Editing Service.

I was responsible for developing manuscripts and providing detailed feedback to authors to help improve the text and data presentation of their manuscript, prior to submission for peer review.

This involved basic editorial skills, such as proofreading and copy-editing of scientific manuscripts in and around my field of expertise. I also advised the authors on suitable journals according to the subject area and manuscript content and style.

Independently during this time, I continued to peer-review manuscripts and grant proposals within my field. And as my experience in popular science communications grew, I was able to apply some of these skills to help scientists improve their own peer-peer written communications.

Experienced editor and peer reviewer of scientific manuscripts and grant applications.

Peer review experience for international journals and grant awarding agencies.

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Freelancer for Nature Research Editing Service

Developmental editing of manuscripts for peer review. I provided detailed feedback on all aspects of scientific manuscripts to a Nature journal standard.

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Applied popsci techniques to help scientists improve their peer-peer comms

1. Hone your take home message to shape a clear narrative from start to finish.

2. Use active instead of passive phrasing for a more engaging style and greater clarity.

3. Adapt your writing style to appeal to colleagues and editors outside of your own field.

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