MEDICAL WRITING AND COPY-EDITING
Pricing for freelance agency work is negotiated on an individual basis - please use the contact form to get in touch or email:
WHY SHOULD YOU USE AN EDITOR TO LANGUAGE CHECK AND PROOF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?
The Editor of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine noted in his 2016 report that problems with language are one of the biggest barriers to work being published - if you can send a well written and formatted manuscript to a Journal, it will more likely be accepted for publication.
A common myth is that language editing is expensive. In reality most manuscripts cost in the region of £100 to £150 (approximately Euro 117 - 175; US$ 130 - 195) to assess and correct; if you look at that in terms of the overall budget of your study, it is a very small percentage.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All work is carried out using MS Word. Two files are created, the 'red lined' version that entails the first pass of corrections over the document and the 'clean' version, which is created during the final proof read ensuring that nothing has been missed. Only the clean version should be used by the client, but the red lined version may be of interest to clients wishing to improve their English writing skills.
Pricing is usually calculated on an hourly rate (between £30 - £40), which is determined by the quality of English in the manuscript; for example if the prose is easily understood, but just needs some grammatical assistance /typos correcting etc., then the average manuscript will only take three to four hours to edit. However, if the use of English is poor, it may take some time to work out what the client is trying to say and the overall edit will take considerably more time and effort.
When the client first gets in touch, the work will be assessed, the price band established and an estimate of the cost provided. Providing that is satisfactory, work will then go ahead according to the client's time scales - most manuscripts can be returned within days.
If you would prefer a fixed price, that can also be arranged, though an hourly rate may work out most competitive.
THESIS EDITING AND PROOFING
SLB CONSULTING also takes theses for language editing and proofing - both hourly rates and fixed prices, as above, can be agreed, but most clients settle for a fixed price for these larger assignments.
Lesley has experience in the following fields:
* The aetiology of decompression sickness
* Audio bubble monitoring using Doppler ultrasound and the Kisman Masurel scoring system
* 2D Ultrasound imaging of bubbles in the heart, EB grading system
* Working with technical divers / military
* Submarine escape and rescue
* Evaluation of monitoring techniques and equipment
* Aviation - environment and decompression sickness
* The central control of diving birds and mammals
* The use of perfluorocarbons as liquid breathers and blood extenders
Please get in touch via the contact form if you wish to discuss your needs - pricing will be determined on an individual, per project basis.