LucidPapers offers two pricing models:


£0.035 per word.

All parts of the manuscript apart from the reference list, authors/affiliations, and any repeated figure or table captions are included in the word count.


  • The maximum turnaround time is 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%.
  • Immediate small-scale changes in response to our edits/comments can be checked for free.
  • The first 1000 words are free of charge for revised manuscripts (i.e., when we have already edited the original).


If you (or your research group) expect to have 4 or more papers in the next year that will require editing, then a subscription to our service may well be the better option. Under this model, for a fixed fee, you can send as many manuscripts as you like, unless the word count of one or more of the manuscripts exceeds 8,000 words. A manuscript longer than 8,000 words will count as 2 manuscripts; a manuscript longer than 16,000 words will count as 3 manuscripts; and so on. All parts of the manuscript apart from the reference list are included in the word count.

The subscription period is one year from receipt of the first manuscript. However, you don’t have to wait till the end of the subscription period to renew. For example, if you’ve subscribed to 4-6 papers but have sent all 6 manuscripts within 8 months of your subscription starting, and you now need a new paper edited, you can just take out a new subscription from that date.

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 £945.00
7-10 £1575.00
11-15 £2365.00
16-20 £3150.00
20+ By negotiation

For example, if you or your research group are expecting to submit around 9 or 10 papers to journals and conferences over the next year and would like all of them edited beforehand and/or after the first round of peer review, a fee of £1575.00 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 larger groups of people (e.g. departments, schools, 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

Payment for all the above pricing models can be made using credit/debit card (transactions are carried out securely online via PayPal), or via international bank transfer. For our China-based customers, we can also take payment in CNY via WeChat or Alipay. Also, if paying by credit card, we can take UnionPay.

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