editing services

Ruyton XI Towns       

Language and Copy Editing Services

Roger Brown FIMMM


Why use my services?
 Unless you have the ability of a native English speaker with high language skills, the odds are that your manuscript will require editing. If a large amount of editing is needed,  your paper stands a poor chance of getting past peer review. Not only will editors favour papers with better English, but problems with the language can result in the technical aspects of your work not being understood, increasing the chance of rejection. Apart from that, correct English creates a good impression of your ability and enhances your reputation. The best way out of this situation is to have the assistance of an English language expert who also has technical knowledge in your field before you submit the paper.

I am English by birth and have worked in the polymer industry for more than 50 years. I have written several technical books and published more than 70 papers, plus I have extensive editing experience through  having been editor of Polymer Testing Journal since 1980. You are unlikely to find a better pedigree. See a resume of my experience


How does it work?

You send me a copy of your complete paper (pdf is OK at this stage). I provide a quotation for the cost and time scale. If this is accepted, you send the text in Word format for editing using the track change feature. The edited file with changes marked is returned for you to check and consider any queries. Depending on the difficulty of editing, there could be one or more iterations where I ask for clarification of what you intended to convey until we reach a satisfactory product.

What is included
Correct faulty spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Ensure correct and consistent use of tense.
Ensure consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts and capitalization.
Fix incorrect word usage.
Modify text where meaning unclear and to improve readability.
Eliminate wordiness and inappropriate jargon.
Apply consistency to headings to achieve logical structure.
Letter to certify editing by a native English speaker.

All work is undertaken in accordance with our terms and conditions. Terms


Some papers need a great deal more work than others and this has to be reflected in the charge rate. For papers requiring simple proof editing, the cost is US$40 per 1000 words, which rises to US$50 per 1000 words for a paper with considerable difficulties. There is a minimum charge of US$40. Formulae are assumed to be accurate and are not normally edited. These prices include checking after you have answered any queries and accepted the first round of editing. Where the problems are such that re-editing is necessary following your attention to substantial queries, there will be an additional charge advised in advance. Papers resubmitted for editing after technical revision will be charged only on the revised portions.


Time scale

The first draft of the edited paper is normally available within 7 working days of receiving the order.



Quotations will be in GB Pounds with equivalent in US$. Payment must be in GB Pounds, preferably by bank transfer, but alternatively by credit card, PayPal or cheque.

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Contact details

Roger Brown
Brownhill House
Ruyton XI Towns
Nr. Shrewsbury


Telphone +44 (0)1939 261 121
Email roger@eleventowns.com


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