Question: English is not my first language. Will my paper be copy-edited for language errors after it is accepted?
Answer: This depends on the journal you are submitting to. There are varying levels of copy-editing which are carried out and this varies by journal. Whilst some journals do provide full copy-editing or translation services, the majority do not. Before you submit your paper, we would recommend checking the journal home page or author guidelines to see what level of copy-editing is performed.
More crucially, your paper may not get to the acceptance stage if the editors and reviewers find it difficult to read. Depending on your level of English, we would suggest, at a minimum, asking a colleague or friend who is fluent in English to read the paper and give you feedback. We would also strongly suggest that you contact a company who offer language services. You can find a list of recommended vendors here (click here for Chinese version).
Question: How can I improve the quality of my English?
In terms of English language for everyday conversation there are many options available to non-native speakers such as English tuition (either privately or in a class) and finding a language partner to practice with.
Every academic discipline has its own specialised terminology. We recommend that, in order to develop this specialised vocabulary, you practice talking with English-speaking colleagues as much as possible and to read English-language academic papers where this terminology. If you are unsure of the quality of your English we would recommend that you consult an English-language editing service prior to submission.
Question: How much can I expect to pay for paper copyediting prior to submission?
The cost of editing varies between companies and can depend on discipline, article length and how quickly you would like the editing to be done. We recommed several different companies in our Language Services page (click here for Chinese version). We advise that authors compare prices between different companies before making a decision.
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Question: How can I get journal content emailed to me?
Most journals with online content have a function on the journal homepage which allows you to sign up for free content alerts. Exactly how to do this depends on the publisher's platform. On Wiley Online Library you just need to click on the 'Get New Content Alerts' link on the upper left of the page (see image below).
Question: How do I submit my paper to a journal?
Exactly how to submit your content varies by journal. We recommend consulting the journal's notes for authors for full instructions. You may also find the List of Tips on this site helpful. For a list of journals which would welcome your submission, please click here to find a journal.
Question: Can the Chinese Scholars Network Advisory Board comment on my draft manuscript?
Unfortunately, the CSN board members are only able to offer general advice on optimizing your paper the submission process. They are not able to comment on specific papers. For feedback on a specific paper we would recommend that you consult with colleagues who have a publication record or a mentor in your institution.