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IEL’s Editorial Reports – Game-Changing Guidance Beyond the Tracked Changes

At the heart of Insight Editing London’s mission is our commitment to helping researchers’ work achieve its full publication potential, quickly and easily. Journal acceptance rates average 32%, while top-tier journals reject as many as 99% of submitted papers [1]; this means that researchers are having to spend more and more time and effort working to get their research out there, instead of following their passion at the bench. For us to help change that, we have to go the extra mile: when you work with an Insight Editor, you won’t just get a document back covered in in red marks, you get comments, questions, suggestions – and an Editorial Report.


What is an Editorial Report?

IEL has pioneered this addition to research editing services, because we – and our clients – see the added value of having a space in which to walk through a document together, taking in broader issues such as journal choice, in-context text originality, narrative flow, and future directions. Alongside directly editing the language and making the minor comments we would usually append to the main text, the Editorial Report covers each section in detail, and is where your editor will use their background as a researcher and well-read scientist to offer a scientific pre-review of your work that covers:

  • their overall interpretation interpretation of your work, how it sits within the broader field, and the future directions we could envision for it (often across novel fields that extend the impact of the study).
  • specific suggestions and explanations of how the opening sections can be enhanced and synergised to increase editorial appeal.
  • detailed insights into journal profiling and tailoring of the “pitch” (via the covering letter) as well as how to highlight the aspects of your study that are most appealing to your target publication.
  • section-by-section thoughts on enhancing your scientific communication, elucidating improvements, and addressing any queries we may have, from the triple-perspective of an editor, an avid reader, and a scientist.


How can an Editorial Report help me to publish my work?

The content and structure of the Editorial Report is designed to specifically address and help to remediate the most frequent reasons for rejection, as specified by major publishers [2]. Our distance from your study allows us to identify potential issues that may have “slipped through the cracks” while we refine the text, structure, and flow of your article. We then make sure that each section of your manuscript ticks all the boxes in terms of what it is supposed to achieve – from outlining the context and rationale of your work, to interpreting and speculating on the data you describe.

Our clients also find our Editorial Reports an invaluable point of reference for future manuscripts. They are filled with independent and practical tips and advice that can often be readily applied to other papers, saving researchers time and energy and helping to advance their own writing skillset.


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