The biomedical sciences are complex enough without being presented in foggy language. Don’t leave the editing of your manuscript to your friends, unless they are experts. And don’t expect journal editors to handle these chores either. They just don’t have time. Even copy editors at most journals don’t have time to do much more than correct some simple errors and ensure that manuscripts conform to the journal’s style.
Remember. . .
- Editors turn away articles every day that require a lot of work and extensive re-editing.
- Editors publish articles that don’t.
At The Medical Editor, we let your words shine. We will rewrite sentences, eliminate redundancies, restructure paragraphs, condense materials, remove jargon, check your nomenclature and usage, and otherwise ensure that your manuscript clearly and effectively presents its information to your intended audience.
I just wanted to let you know that the paper got accepted in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. Thank you for doing such a great job, particularly with eliminating the jargon and making my message come through so much clearer.
AZ, MD PhD MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital
Here is an original
And here is the edited paragraph:
One hundred four school-aged swimmers were recruited from 4 swim teams in Ankara, Turkey. Of these, 46 swimmers (41.2% male; mean age, 10.9 ± 1.99 years) participated in this study. These swimmers were compared with 102 age-matched and sex-matched non-sport–involved peers (controls; 41.3% male; mean age, 10.6 ± 1.98 years) from the surrounding community. Inclusion criteria were good health with no known disease including diabetes, cancer, or heart disease; not currently on a reducing diet; and for controls, not exercising vigorously (ie, < 3 moderate to vigorous aerobic sessions longer than 30 minutes each week). Swimmers trained for a mean of 3.6 ± 1.74 years, and the mean total time spent swimming daily was 1.5 ± 0.49 hours.