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Dawes Scientific Editing
Comprehensive (substantive) and standard language editing for all scientific disciplines, with a specialty in environmental science.
The ability to communicate research findings clearly and concisely is an essential skill required in all scientific disciplines. As an editor, I help researchers to improve the clarity and correctness of their scientific texts written in English. I provide suggestions in the form of constructive comments and in-line corrections, applying meticulous attention to detail while also helping to improve the overall readability and logic of documents.
Melissa helped us to finalize our manuscript for the submission to an outstanding journal by improving not only the language quality of the text but also its scientific correctness and clarity. We particularly appreciated the valuable comments on technical and editorial issues, which reflect her expertise in the field of plant ecology and her knowledge of the publication process. Her scientific editing service helped us present our work at the highest level of scientific writing.
Dr. Matthias Arend, WSL
I have worked as a scientific English editor for over 10 years. During this time, I have completed substantive editing and copy-editing of >400 scientific manuscripts (main text, figures and tables, supplementary material, reference list and citations, reviewer response letters), 3 books, 3 websites (including translations from German), and several high-profile reports at the institutional, national and international level (e.g. WSL, FOEN, SCNAT, IPCC). I have edited documents from a range of basic and applied fields, mainly in the environmental sciences domain: biogeochemistry, botany, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, forest resources, genetics, geography, engineering, landscape planning, microbiology, natural hazards, snow and climate science, and veterinary public health, among others. I love interacting with scientists as an editor and learning about the latest research in a wide range of fields.
My academic background in ecology (PhD, MSc), landscape architecture (MLA) and biology (BSc) helps me to fully understand the content of writing from a broad range of disciplines, which is key for maintaining the intended message in scientific texts. Further, several years dedicated to ecological research mean that I have extensive first-hand experience with the full research process: writing grant proposals, designing and conducting studies, analysing data, writing and publishing papers (including the manuscript submission and revision process), and presenting work at international conferences.
Thank you for the very accurate and (as always) fast correction of the manuscript. I really think that your corrections and comments improve not only the English but also the quality of the manuscript as a whole.
Linguistic revisions were always done before the due date and were to our full satisfaction, even with time-sensitive requests. We especially cherished the scientific background of the linguistic editing, which often not only corrected the English but also improved our basic scientific messages.