Our editors correct the grammar, phrasing, and word choice errors in your manuscript. Our formatters do not perform language editing. Instead, they ensure that your manuscript is in agreement with journal guidelines with respect to layout, citations, and references.
Yes. If you previously previously purchased Premium Editing, Publication Ready Editing, or Translation, we waive the reformatting fee. If you previously purchased Manuscript Formatting alone or Standard Editing, we provide a $40 discount off our re-formatting services.
Yes. Our formatters will reorder your citations and references as needed and convert citations and references to your target journal’s format. If necessary, our formatters will fix incorrect information in references based on information in published databases.
Yes. Our Figure Formatting service can help you prepare or format tables.
Yes, we currently support EndNote. If you used EndNote to format your references, we will work within the software to ensure that your references match the guidelines of your target journal. If you used a different reference manager software program, we regret that we are unable to maintain active field coding of references at this time.
Yes, please upload your .tex file for Formatting. Please note that our Editing service can only edit LaTeX files in the following areas of study:
Additionally, please note that only manuscripts written in English are eligible for Formatting in LaTex. Also, files edited in LaTeX will not have changes tracked. However, in many cases, we are able to generate a PDF of the file, showing our changes tracked.
If you need Chinese Fapiao（发票）, please be sure to select our Alipay（支付宝） Fapiao payment option and input the required information. Our business partner CIBTC will import the service and provide a Chinese Fapiao for you. There will be a fee of 7.6% on top of your purchase order to cover the government tax and additional service. CIBTC will mail the Chinese Fapiao to you within 2 weeks of your order confirmation. Please note that if you choose to pay by a credit card, purchase order, or PayPal, we cannot issue a Chinese Fapiao. Instead, you will get a non-taxed receipt （收据）or bill （账单） from AJE.
No! At American Journal Experts, we set our prices in advance based on the service you choose, your total word count, and how quickly you need your submission returned to you. Our online price calculator will show you the cost of all of our services based on the specifics of your manuscript. The only service that does require a quote is our Custom Figure Design service, since each project for that service is very unique and specialized.
You are not required to submit your manuscript for a price quote, but if your institution requires a pro forma invoice, you can contact us and we would be happy to provide one for you.
As long as your card shows the logo of one of the credit cards we accept—Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diner’s Club, or American Express—then you should be able to use it on our site. If you have trouble using your card, please contact us and we will help you.
First, select purchase order as your payment method when you upload your files through your account. After your paper has been received, you will be able to print out a copy of your invoice. The invoice will contain all of the information you will need to send us a wire transfer at your local bank.
Unlike traditional translation companies, we use translators who are working researchers in your area of study. This ensures that they know the jargon of your field in both English and your native language, guaranteeing the most accurate translation possible. AJE also includes a quality review for every translation by one of our experienced academic translation advisors. We feel this additional step is critical to providing the most accurate translation of your important research. Finally, our translation service includes English-language editing by native speakers in your field, so your final paper will be completely polished and ready for publication.
We do sometimes translate from English to other languages, but you will not see that as an option in your AJE account. Please e-mail us directly for more details.
Depending on the availability of qualified translators, we can sometimes accommodate requests for translation for languages other than the ones listed on our site. Please contact us for special translation requests.
Publication is a subjective process, so we are not able to guarantee that you will be published after you use our services. We do guarantee that we will re-edit your paper for free if it is rejected by a journal for reasons of English language alone.
AJE will provide a certificate confirming that your paper was edited by a native English speaker at AJE and, assuming all of the changes we proposed are incorporated into the manuscript, is ready for journal submission. It will allow journal editors to feel confident that the English language in your paper has been reviewed and verified. This certificate is limited to documents that are deemed the highest quality AJE submissions (documents that require only one round of language editing from AJE before they are publication ready). Not every paper will earn a certificate, but every paper will have the opportunity. Visit our Certificate Program page to learn more.
Both our Premium and Publication Ready Editing services provide access to an AJE Research Communication Partner (RCP). RCPs are quality control editors who have a thorough knowledge of our services and the publication process. You can contact your RCP with any concerns or questions you may have about the editing process, specific sections of your manuscript, or other services. Your RCP is available while your manuscript is being edited and will continue to help you with your manuscript until your paper has been published.
Editorial assistance is commonly acknowledged in scholarly manuscripts, and we would gladly accept your acknowledgment. If you choose to thank us in your paper, here are some samples that you can use. Please be sure to tell us when your work is published so we can share your publication success with all of our customers!
Standard Editing is performed by one subject-area expert editor and approved by a quality control editor. Any spelling, grammar, punctuation, or word usage errors will be corrected, but your editors will not try to improve the style or flow of your paper as they would a Premium submission. All Standard submissions are eligible (but not guaranteed) to earn an editing certificate. With Standard Editing, you can receive a discount on a re-edit for any revisions.
Premium Editing is performed by two subject-area editors and approved by a quality control editor. In this process, the first editor will correct spelling, grammar, word usage, and punctuation errors. The second editor will alter sentences that sound awkward or unnatural and may point out portions of the document that are vague, confusing, or need to be rewritten. Premium Editing also includes a letter from the senior editor that addresses any concerns or comments that the editors may have about your paper. Because our Premium service is so thorough, we guarantee that all Premium submissions will receive an editing certificate. Furthermore, we will continue to re-edit your document for free until it has been published. Premium also includes the support of an AJE Research Communication Partner who can provide you with personal assistance on your manuscript. This service provides more robust editing support designed for customers seeking a greater degree of assistance with their manuscript.
Publication Ready Editing includes Premium Editing and provides an AJE Research Communication Partner (RCP) to help you navigate the process of publishing. To speed up submission and improve your chances of success, your AJE RCP will use knowledge of journal editor expectations to write a cover letter specifically for your paper. Most manuscripts are not accepted on initial submission, and with Publication Ready Editing, your AJE RCP is available to provide Reviewer Response Assistance when you receive comments from peer reviewers and Journal Selection Assistance if you need to change your target journal. Publication Ready Editing is the best service for customers looking for assistance with the process of publication and the best level of editing at AJE.
We do not automatically include formatting in all of our editing services because not all customers require formatting. Would you like to have your paper edited to match a journal’s specific style, grammar, and formatting requirements? Would you like your paper’s formatted elements – such as cover sheets, tables, and abstracts – to be corrected or even added? Then try our Manuscript Formatting service today.
We understand that even after receiving your final edited document from AJE, you may have to make additional changes or additions before submitting it to your journal. Additionally, reviewers often require a round of revision before accepting a paper. If you use our Standard editing service, you may resubmit your paper to us for a re-edit at a $40 discount. If you select our Premium or Publication Ready services, we will re-edit your work until your manuscript is published.
None of our services will rewrite text or remove content, and our Standard Editing service will not shorten any part of your manuscript. However, our Premium Editing service will help you reduce the word count of your abstract by cutting unnecessary words and offering suggestions; you can then revise your paper and submit it for free re-editing. Please include instructions about your required word count when you upload your paper through your AJE account.
Unfortunately, we do not offer any journal recommendation services at this time. However, AJE has sister companies that can find the best journals for your manuscripts. JournalGuide is a free tool that allows researchers to search and compare journals that have accepted manuscripts similar to yours. And the Rubriq service provides researchers with a comprehensive review of their manuscript, as well as recommendations of best-fit journals that include likelihood of acceptance at each.
AJE now supports direct editing of LaTeX files in the following areas of study:
To submit a manuscript for editing directly in LaTeX in these areas of study:
Work outside of the fields of Economics, Business, Finance/Accounting, or Engineering can still receive editing at AJE. If your LaTex manuscript is not related to any of these fields, please convert your file to another format. To do this, save your file as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file before submitting it for editing. We will also need you to upload a PDF of your manuscript as a secondary file for your editors’ reference.
AJE will provide a certificate confirming that your paper was edited by a native English speaker at AJE and, assuming all of the changes we proposed are incorporated into the manuscript, is ready for journal submission. It will allow journal editors to feel confident that the English language in your paper has been reviewed and verified. This certificate is limited to documents that are deemed the highest quality AJE submissions (documents that require only one round of language editing from AJE before they are publication ready). Not every paper will earn a certificate but every paper will have the opportunity. Visit our Certificate Program page to learn more.
As part of our Premium Editing service, your personal AJE Research Communication Partner (RCP) can assist in any communications between you and journal reviewers. If your manuscript requires any revisions, our RCPs can provide interpretation of reviewer comments and edit your responses so that they effectively argue for acceptance and publication of your work.
We are currently able to process the following file types:
File types that are not on this list should be exported as EPS files. We can also advise authors using alternative software on the best procedure to export figures in one of our recommended file types.
Journals require that tables be submitted in a text format (usually Microsoft Word) for in-house formatting, which comes standard with our manuscript formatting service. If you would like tables formatted and exported as images for use in presentations and posters, we can do this as part of our Figure Formatting Service.
In order to generate publication-quality figures, images that are included within a figure should also be sent independently in the highest available resolution file. For ethical reasons, we are unable to make changes to brightness, contrast, or color balance, and we will not crop the image.
Many journals require figures to be submitted as EPS files, which may not open with your current software. In addition to the submission-ready file, we will also send PDF versions of your new figures for you to review.
We format the figures according to the author instructions for the final publication (assuming that these instructions are available). Figures added or changed after review that need formatting are considered new submissions and must be purchased separately.
You must have access to the appropriate software to make changes to your figures within their new file type. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you send the final version of your figures to us for formatting. We stand behind the quality of our work, and if a figure does not meet your expectations, we will work with you to correct the issue.
We use the most up-to-date website security features available. We also require that all of our staff members sign a confidentiality agreement to protect your research.
Weekends are included in our deadlines, so if you submit your paper on a Thursday with a four-day deadline it will be ready for you by the following Monday. AJE is closed for U.S. holidays eight days of the year and deadlines are delayed for these days: January 1, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the day after Christmas. (For more information about the date of each holiday, email us or visit this site.) You will see an announcement in your AJE account if there are any upcoming holiday delays.
To calculate the word count, open a copy of your manuscript and delete any sections that you do not need us to work on. If you have included responses to reviewers, you can remove all of the reviewers’ comments. Additionally, you can remove numeric data in tables. For editing submissions as well as Spanish and Portuguese translation submissions, you can remove the reference (bibliography) section. Next, perform a word count on the remaining text in all files you plan to submit using the Word Count feature in Microsoft Word. This is the final word count. Our support staff can also perform a word count for you if you e-mail us your files and ask for confirmation.
Our staff members will verify each paper’s word count before it is assigned to an editor. If we find that your file’s word count is over the category you selected, then we will place your submission on hold while we e-mail you for further instructions. Your deadline will be reset to begin at the exact time of your reply. If your paper is shorter than indicated, we will refund the price difference to your AJE account.
We do not edit references or numeric tables, so they are not included in the word count when calculating your price for editing services. However, word counts for translation submissions should include all text that needs to be translated, which typically does include references and text in tables.
You will need to highlight the sections that you want us to ignore and will be prompted to include some instructions about this when you upload your file through your AJE account. Please keep in mind that we may withhold your editing certificate if you ask us to leave out large portions of your paper.
Researchers who use our service have the advantage of knowing which elements of their papers need to be strengthened or changed. Using this service will allow you to fix problems before you submit your paper to a journal. You will be able to submit a stronger manuscript, and your journal should be able to review your paper more quickly. Rubriq does not include AJE Editing, however. Click here for more information about how our Editing services can help you.
Our reviewers are published researchers in your field, tenured professors, and Principal Investigators. They have served on journal review boards and have the experience needed to provide you with detailed, constructive feedback on your paper.
Rubriq is a pre-submission, independent peer review service with a mission of helping researchers have more time to put back into research. Rubriq uses the same double-blind peer review approach to evaluating research as found in traditional peer review. The Rubriq service provides authors with the same objective, rigorous, and transparent research appraisal as can be expected from reviewers for high-impact journals. Rubriq does not include AJE Editing, however. Click here for more information about how our Editing services can help you.
Rubriq and American Journal Experts (AJE) are separate divisions under a common parent company, Research Square. Research Square is a privately-held company founded by entrepreneur Shashi Mudunuri, who also created American Journal Experts in 2004, and who co-founded Rubriq with Keith Collier. Among other services, AJE has provided pre-submission peer review (NewReview) and Journal Recommendation services to help authors on the path to publication. The majority of Rubriq’s startup team were recruited from the same AJE departments that developed these services, in order to apply their unique knowledge and experience to independent peer review. To learn more about us, visit the AJE Team page.