Estimates, invoices and payment
We supply a written estimate on receipt of the final manuscript. For long texts (theses, in particular), payment may be required in two instalments. In this case, work will start following payment of the first instalment. The second payment will be due on completion. Short manuscripts are invoiced on completion. Payment can be accepted by bank transfer (euros) or PayPal (any currency).
A 10,000 word article will cost around 500 euros. Many authors are surprised by these rates. We know this is not the lowest rate you can find (although neither is it the most expensive) and this is intentional. Our services are not aimed at the bottom end of the market. If you are paying less it is unlikely you have hired a high-quality science editor. Think of it, however, as an investment. A well-edited article is more likely to progress smoothly through the submission process. As publication in high-profile journals can lead to jobs, recognition, and promotion, good copy editing can enhance your professional reputation. And, unlike the 400 euros you might spend on a suit for an interview, an article published in an international peer-reviewed journal really will last you a lifetime.
The word count. The number of words in your document is crucial as it determines both how much the work will cost, and how long it will take. To calculate the cost, first, count the number of words. Most modern word processors will automatically count them for you. Do not count the words in the references, but do count all other words including those in tables, figures and graphs (you may have to estimate this; the average word processor is not able to count words embedded in images). Multiply this figure by the current rate.
Our estimate of the word count is final. As word processors vary in what they consider a word to be (particularly hyphenated words), our word count is unlikely to be exactly the same as yours. However, it will almost certainly be very close (if it's not then we will need to look into where the discrepancy is).
Weekend work costs more. While we can be very flexible in scheduling your project, we enjoy our weekends too. Therefore a 50% supplement (0.10 euros/ word) applies when a manuscript is received on Friday (or later) for a Monday deadline.
Minimum charge. For very small texts there is a minimum charge of 70 euros to cover administrative overheads.
How long will it take? A rough estimate is a full day per 6,000 words, plus the following morning for a final check. More important: don’t leave it until the day before your deadline to contact us. We’re all usually busy, and it’s very unlikely that we will be able to help. On the other hand, consider booking some time in advance. If your deadline is the end of the month, let us know before, and we’ll save a couple of days for you.
What next? Request a quote! We'd love to hear from you.