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Standard Terms and Policies

This page outlines my standard terms for editing services. You will also find links to the privacy policy for this Web site and details on confidentiality and copyright.

Please contact me online if you have questions about the standard terms and policies posted here (updated March 28, 2009).

Standard Terms for Editing Services

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Services and Turnaround Time

Four editing services are available—Standard (copy editing), Advanced (stylistic/substantive editing), Journal Formatting, and Proofreading.

The standard turnaround time varies, but most manuscripts can be returned within 5 to 10 business days. For long manuscripts or heavy editing, the turnaround time may increase. Rush service (return within 3 business days or when evening or weekend work is necessary to meet your deadline) may be available on request.

For details about editing services, including services that are included at no extra charge, please visit Science Editing Services.

File Formats

Editing corrections are done in MS Word with Track Changes turned on. Author queries are added by using the Comment feature in MS Word or by highlighting them within brackets in the text (your choice).

Proofreading corrections are done by annotating PDF files in Adobe Acrobat or marking up paper printouts.


The standard rate for editing services is $60 (CAD). Whether you require Advanced or Standard Science Editing, I will send you an estimate for the maximum cost before work begins. If I work more quickly than estimated, I will reduce your fee accordingly.

The standard rate for proofreading services is $0.03 per word (CAD).

Rush rates apply if work is required within 3 business days, or when evening or weekend work is necessary to meet your deadline. The rush rate for Advanced or Standard Science Editing is $80 per hour. The rush rate for Proofreading is 0.04 per word. Both rates are in Canadian dollars.

To check prices in another currency, please go to the Pricing page.


I accept payment by PayPal, Western Union, or bank-to-bank transfer (a wire fee of $25 will be added). Payment is required within 1 week of receiving the invoice for editing services.

To learn more about payment options, please visit the Payment page.

Author's Responsibilities

I refrain from making unnecessary corrections, preferring to maintain your style and voice whenever possible. In addition, I make every effort to avoid error; however, as the subject matter expert, you are responsible for the content and final structure of your document.

My Guarantee


All of my services are completely guaranteed. When I return your edited manuscript, I will ask you whether you are satisfied with the quality of my work. If you are unhappy with the English-language editing, you may contact me within 3 weeks to request a re-edit or a refund.

Agreeing to Terms

Thank you for your interest in my editing services. If you agree to the standard terms as posted here, please e-mail me, indicating your acceptance, details about the services you require, and the options you have selected.

Please see The Science Editing Process for more information about submitting a manuscript.

Privacy Policy

Your personal information is considered confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties. Please view the Privacy Policy for more information.


Manuscripts submitted to the BioMedical Editor for an estimate or for editing services are considered confidential.

The specifics of service contracts are also held in confidence. After a project has been completed, company or institution names may be listed on the "Valued Clients" section of this Web site. Signed testimonials are used only with written permission.

Details about the handling of personal information may be found in the Privacy Policy.


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For information on scientific or medical editing services, please visit Science Editing Services.

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