FAQs

1. What is LucidPapers?
An editing service for authors of scientific journal papers and other scholarly articles, as well as scientific publishers.

2. Why should I consider using this service?
If you are an author, because clear and well-written manuscripts have a much better chance of making it through the peer review process. If you are a publisher, because we provide quality copyediting for a competitive price.

3. Do you only edit journal articles?
No. We will also edit conference papers, book chapters, or research reports. Books or theses can also be considered, but the turnaround time and price would need to be negotiated individually.

4. How long will it take?
Our standard turnaround time is 5-7 business days, and we rarely stray from that. Sometimes, if the editor assigned to your manuscript is particularly busy, we may need longer. If this is the case we will tell you at the time of the quote, and you are under no obligation to proceed if you need a faster turnaround time.

5. What is the cost?
You can either pay-as-you-go, in which case the basic charge is £0.033 per word (see the Pricing section for more information), or you can pay a fixed fee for a set amount of papers; again, see the Pricing section for more information.

6. How do I pay?
We prefer to be paid by credit or debit card via PayPal, or by international bank transfer.

7. Do I need a PayPal account?
No – you can make secure credit and debit card payments via PayPal without opening an account. Simply follow the instructions in the invoice you receive.

8. What happens if I reach the maximum number of papers I have paid for but want you to edit more?
You have two choices: a) switch to pay-as-you-go for the rest of the year; b) upgrade to the next subscription tier.

9. What kind of things do you check for/edit?
Have a look at our Method section for more information on this.

10. Who does the editing?
All work is handled by a team of editors, all with academic backgrounds in the Environmental Sciences. Each editor has undertaken formal training in scientific/technical editing and proofreading, and some have also worked in the academic publishing industry. As well as carrying out a large proportion of the editing himself, all work by other members of the editorial team is quality-checked by the Chief Editor, Colin Smith, who is also the founder and owner of LucidPapers.

11. Do you take papers in all subject areas? No. We have knowledge and expertise in the earth, environmental and natural sciences only. More specific information is available here.

12. How do I deal with the track-changed document you’ve returned?
Please click here for detailed information.

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