Competence. It’s what reputations are built on. It’s a feeling in your reader that goes beyond your science to your very ability as a researcher. It’s also one of our favorite words.
Every paper we edit leaves an indelible impression - not just ‘that’s an interesting study’, but ‘that’s a competent researcher.’ The difference is what builds reputations. So here’s your choice: your paper can have correct spelling and grammar. Or it can establish your reputation. Which would you prefer?
Learn more about how DMC can help establish your reputation.
It’s a simple equation. If your editor is charging you by word, he’ll correct your spelling and grammar, and perhaps a few expressions here and there, and not much more.
He has no incentive to move paragraphs around, for example, or add new paragraphs and sentences, or improve your tables and figures, or make your paper consistent with global standards. Or anything to optimize your paper.
At DMC, we do. By charging by type of paper, we avoid the trap of per word charges. So our only goal is to make your study as good as it can be.
We don’t focus on the words you’ve written. We focus on the study you need to communicate - whatever it takes.
There are plenty of editing companies who will be happy to improve your paper. But there's the catch - just how do you define 'improve'? Some companies will correct your paper's language. Grammar and spelling corrected, but not much else. Cheap and fast.
Other companies will go further. Grammar and spelling of course, with a few sentences changed here or there to make the paper more readable. That can be useful.
But to find someone who can really pull your paper apart? That's priceless!
Because your career is your biggest investment, your edting company should be DMC.
Why? Consider the value of our multiple checks and deep editing - absolutely essential, we believe, to getting the best out of your paper. Think about our editors, who take time to communicate with you, advise you and help improve your communications ability. Even your career.
You've just invested significant time, energy and career expectation into your paper. Work with a company that takes the time and effort to make your paper as good as it can possibly be, without compromises or shortcuts. Your career depends on it.
Getting your paper written and accepted is a long process. DMC is here to help. Our Support section is full of hints and ideas to help you. Start with our essay on the two essential requirements of good writing - although aimed at English, plenty of people have told us it helped improve their Japanese, too. Then look at how to write your text in the most readable, native-rashi way.
We've used these tools to teach hundreds of Japanese researchers how to sophisticate their papers, from Astellas Pharmaceutical to Kyoto University's Post-graduate School of Medicine.
We've also provided an amazing tool chest of ideas on how to answer reviewer comments. DMC's free Support tools are just what you need to get your paper published.
Some people think the writing style of a paper is unimportant. What really counts is the contents, they say. "Just check the grammar and spelling, please, I'm not writing a novel."
We don't agree. Think about your own experience: sophisticated Japanese writing is quiet yet confident, powerful yet never loud. It reflects the knowledge, competence and, yes, the sophistication of the author. Average writing may convey meaning, but it doesn't convey competence, skill, passion and professionalism. The message is not the same.
Our central goal is to convey your competence as a scientist. Sophisticating your paper is built in to everything we do. So when our clients ask us to 'sophisticate my paper', we know just what to do.
Some editing companies will send your paper to India or the Phillipines, where costs are low. Just don’t expect it to be edited by a native speaker. For many editors in these countries, English is often the second or even third language. At best, you’re editor will be near-native.
Expecting a non- or near-native editors to get the absolute best out of your paper is just not feasible. Time and time again, we've seen papers from these companies that just don't measure up.
DMC’s editors are 100% pure native English speakers. Most speak Japanese, too (but not natively, of course!).
Find out why you need a native speaker.
Over the last few decades, an interesting thing has happened to scientific publishing. The pressure on researchers to stay up to date has brought in new thinking of how papers should be structured and written. Standards have now emerged. These standards are widely accepted among journal editors and reviewers. A busy reviewer does not want to search for certain elements of your paper - they should be where he expects to find them.
If you're not familiar with the global standards for scientific papers, don't worry. At DMC, they are an essential component of all our services. We'll let you know where your paper meets the standards and where it needs improvement. In the process help you to improve your writing and publication skills.
Our suggestion? Ask a Mentor. Before you begin writing, make sure you are launching in an appropriate direction.
You and your mentor should agree on the hypothesis, the data analysis and the basic interpretations of your study
Your mentor should also be able to make a reasonable appraisal of the study and recommend a suitable target journal. Of course, the best place to look for mentor is among your own colleagues. But if you'd like another opinion, DMC is happy to help. Using our experience in helping thousands of authors write and publish their papers, DMC is just the mentor you need.
If your Department Head is too busy, that is.
Let’s count down the Top 5 things you should expect from your editor:
- Make me a better writer
- Communicate directly with me (in Japanese if necessary)
- Translate difficult expressions for me
- Make my paper meet global standards
- Check my paper two, three, or more times - as many times as needed
At DMC, the Top 5 above is mandatory in all our services, so you can be assured that you get the best.
If your current editor isn't doing these things, then it may be time to look for a new company.