LucidPapers offers two pricing models:


£0.033 per word.

All parts of the manuscript apart from the reference list are included in the word count.


  • The turnaround time is usually 5-7 business days.
  • There is also a small charge to cover the time spent by the editor to initially familiarise him- or herself with the topic and content of the manuscript. Currently, this is set at 5%.
  • The first 1000 words are FREE for revised manuscripts (i.e., when we have already edited the original).

Optional extras:

  • Edit layout/presentation: £35.00
  • Edit cover letter: £0.033 per word
  • Prepare manuscript according to Author Guidelines (excluding references): £99.00
  • Basic reference check: £0.99 per reference (includes checking that all citations in the text are included in the reference list, and vice-versa, and that text citations and the reference list appear to be ordered correctly)
  • Comprehensive check and edit of references according to journal style: £1.99 per reference (includes the basic reference check, plus using online resources to check that: all author names are present, spelt correctly, and in the correct order; titles are correct; volume, issue, and page number details are accurate; and any missing information (e.g., DOI numbers) is added in)
  • Edit response to reviewers: £0.033 per word


If you expect to have four or more papers in the next year edited by us, then a subscription to our service may well be the better option for you. Under this model, for a fixed fee you can send as many manuscripts as you like, regardless of the word count.

Compared to the pay-as-you-go model, subscribing to our services in this way will generally yield savings of at least 20% or 30%. The fee must be paid in full at the start of the subscription period (after the first manuscript has been edited).

Number of papers Fee
1-3 Pay-as-you-go only
4-6 £900.00
7-10 £1500.00
11-15 £2250.00
16-20 £3000.00
20+ By negotiation

For example, if you are an author expecting to submit around 9 or 10 papers to journals and conferences over the next year, and would like all of them edited beforehand, a fee of £1500.00 would cover the cost of LucidPapers editing them all, no matter what their length.

Group subscriptions / >20 manuscripts

We can also quote fixed-price subscriptions for groups of people (e.g. labs, research groups, departments, faculties), collectively expecting to send more than 20 papers per year for editing. Under this model, any member of the group can send their work to be edited by LucidPapers, up to an agreed limit. Similarly, if you are a publisher, we can negotiate a fixed annual price for copyediting. If you are interested in this option, please email us at

The preferred methods of payment for all the above pricing models is by credit/debit card (transactions are carried out securely online via PayPal), or international bank transfer. It may be possible to arrange an alternative method of payment upon request; please contact us for more information:

To convert the above prices into your own currency, click here.

To send your manuscript, or for any other enquiries, please use the form below (all fields required), or see the contact page:
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