Editorial Services

Do you need language or technical support with your manuscript? If so, Mac Keith Press Editorial Services are here to help.

You will be paired with an experienced editorial professional who will provide valuable, quick, and efficient support, saving you time and giving you a better chance of your manuscript being accepted for publication.

These services are designed for non-native English-speaking authors who plan to submit a paper to Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, but will also help submissions to other journals.

[Please note while this will improve your chances of seeing your manuscript accepted for publication, there is no guarantee.]

Read information about the services we offer below and use our Estimator Form to get a quote for your paper.

For assistance creating a Plain Language Summary of your article, scroll down to the ‘Plain Language Summaries‘ section at the bottom of the page.

Please contact us at admin@mackeith.co.uk if you have any questions.

Standard EditAdvanced EditTechnical Review
Spelling
Punctuation
Grammar
Terminology check
Formatting to journal style
Cover letter support
Subject expert

Standard Edit

Your paper will be assessed and edited by one of our experienced copyeditors. The copyeditor will perform a language and sense check to ensure the core messages of the manuscript are understood. They will raise queries for the author when the sense is not clear.

Please note the copyeditor will be experienced in proofreading, copyediting, editing/rewriting work by non-native English authors in this general subject area, but is not an expert on your article’s topic.

Approximate time: 7 days

Advanced Edit

Your paper will be assessed and edited by one of our experienced copyeditors. The copyeditor will perform a language and sense check to ensure the core messages of the manuscript are understood. They will raise queries for the author when the sense is not clear. They will ensure the correct scientific terminology is used throughout. They will format the manuscript to DMCN style and can check and edit your cover letter.

Please note the copyeditor will be experienced in proofreading, editing, and rewriting work by non-native English authors, but is not an expert on your article’s topic.

Approximate time: 10 days

Technical Review

After your paper has received either the Standard Edit or Advanced Edit service, you have the option to have your paper assessed by a subject expert. The expert will provide technical input and expertise, offering actionable recommendations to help improve the quality of the manuscript. The emphasis will be on the fundamental content of the study, rather than grammar.

Approximate time: 10 days after completion of Standard Edit or Advanced Edit

Figure Creation/Editing

A member of our experienced production team can help you with figure creation or formatting.

For figure creation, please provide a brief explanation of what you are aiming to present in the figure.

Figure formatting will involve the team editing a pre-existing figure, ensuring it is presented optimally. Spelling errors and awkward phrasing will be corrected. Figures should be provided in a format that can be easily edited such as PPT, Word, or PDF as long as the text is real text rather than an image. In some instances we may be able to recreate the figure, in which case we may ask for the source data.

Approximate time: 7 days

Estimator Form

Use our Estimator Form to get a quote for your paper.


Plain Language Summaries

Plain Language Summaries are a highly effective way of communicating scientific research. By presenting the key findings and significance of a study in easy-to-understand language, the content becomes more accessible to a wider audience, such as individuals with disabilities, parents, caregivers, journalists, policymakers, and professionals in different medical fields.

If you would like a plain language summary of your article but you are tight on time, one of our experienced editors can do the hard work for you. They will summarise your research, it will be reviewed for accuracy and clarity, then it will be ready to be published alongside your article.

The fee for this service is £200 and you will be invoiced for the payment. Please contact admin@mackeith.co.uk with the subject line ‘Plain Language Summary’ and a copy of your article, and a member of our team will be in touch with further details.