Last updated July 18, 2015
Language editing process for manuscripts submitted by non-native speakers of English
We will, with the right attitude and approach, cooperate with authors who are not native speakers of English so that they may successfully complete the final publication of their manuscripts. Quality control of a manuscript’s language is not negotiable with the Baishideng Publishing Group or any of its journals. The language of the manuscript must meet the requirements of academic publishing.
For manuscripts submitted by non-native speakers of English, the authors are required to provide a language editing certificate which will serve to verify that the language of the manuscript has reached grade A. Before the manuscript is finally published, the language of the manuscript must also pass the proofreading test by an English language editor (native or non-native) who will be designated at the discretion of the journal’s editorial office.
The language editing process for manuscripts submitted by non-native speakers of English is as follows:
1 Manuscript submission by authors. After the manuscript passes the preliminary review conducted by a science editor, it will be sent to peer reviewers for evaluation of its academic and language qualities. The language of manuscripts will be classified according to the following four grades: A (priority publishing), B (minor language polishing), C (a great deal of language polishing), and D (rejected).
2 Pending acceptance. The science editor will send the revised manuscript, along with the peer reviewers’ comments (including language quality evaluation), the CrossCheck reports and the documents regarding Academic Rules and Norms, to the authors. The documents regarding Academic Rules and Norms will include the Human and Animal Rights statement, the Institutional Review Board statement, the Informed Consent statement, the Clinical Trial Registration statement, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee statement, the Animal Care and Use statement, the Biostatistics statement, the Conflict-of-interest statement, and the Data sharing statement.
3 Manuscript revision by authors. The authors’ attitudes towards the peer review process and the quality control process will also play a significant role in whether the manuscript garners final acceptance for publication. We require that authors carefully address each problem raised by the peer reviewers and the science editor, and revise their manuscript accordingly.
4 Manuscript finalization by authors. Authors must complete the manuscript revision based on the peer reviewers’ comments and advice, and to ensure that their contents correspond to the academic rules and norms. In addition, authors must also format all charts and images, tables, and references according to the journal-specific requirements as well as those specified by the science editor.
5 Manuscript language editing by authors. We strongly recommend that authors use language editing services provided by the following biomedical editing companies, based on their good reputation and reliable quality:
Filipodia Publishing, LLC: http://www.filipodia.com/
MedE Editing Group: http://meditorexpert.com
American Journal Experts: http://www.aje.com
Nature Publishing Group Language Editing: http://languageediting.nature.com
These companies often provide several different types of language editing services, typically including proofreading, standard editing, extensive editing and rewriting. We strongly recommend that authors use the extensive editing service so as to completely address the language problems of the manuscript. For example, extensive editing will involve editing the manuscript for proper grammar and spelling and the correct usage of articles, prepositions, conjunctions, abbreviations, punctuation, italic font of Latin words, biomedical terms, tenses, active voice and passive voice, and sentence structure, as well as checking of the academic rules and norms, and for scientific misconduct, details of the materials and methods, manuscript integrity, manuscript title appropriateness, logical organization of the Introduction, Results and Discussion sections, and image features.
After authors confirm the revisions made during the professional editing process, the companies listed above should provide authors with an official manuscript language editing certificate, through which the company guarantees that the language of the manuscript has reached grade A.
6 Processing of the revised manuscript by the science editor. Based on the worklist, the science editor checks whether the authors have revised the manuscript according to the reviewers’ comments and whether the non-native English speaking authors have submitted a language editing certificate. If all the documents have met the requirements of academic publishing, they will be sent to the editorial director for review.
7 Review of the revised manuscript by the editorial director. The editorial director will review the manuscript and all the related documents. If all the documents have met the requirements of academic publishing, the manuscript will be sent to the journal’s editor-in-chief for further evaluation of the academic and language qualities.
8 Acceptance of the revised manuscript by the journal’s editor-in-chief. The journal’s editor-in-chief will evaluate the academic and language quality of the manuscript. Based on whether authors have revised the manuscript according to the reviewers’ comments and whether the language of the manuscript has met the requirement of academic publishing, the journal’s editor-in-chief will decide whether the manuscript should be accepted, further revised, or rejected. The manuscripts that the journal’s editor-in-chief recommends for acceptance will be sent to the company’s editor-in-chief for further review and approval of the acceptance.
9 Approval of the manuscript’s acceptance by the company’s editor-in-chief. The company’s editor-in-chief performs a final evaluation of the manuscript’s editing and publishing qualities. Based on comments of the reviewers’ and the journal’s editor-in-chief, and whether the language editing certificate and the documents regarding academic rules and norms have met the requirements of academic publishing, the company’s editor-in-chief will make the final decision for whether the manuscript will be accepted, further revised or rejected. The accepted manuscript will then enter into the production process, and a formal letter of acceptance will be issued to the authors.