What is included in your editorial service?

Because we feel there is no acceptable level of error in our clients' writing, each manuscript receives a comprehensive edit that includes substantive editing, proofreading/copyediting, plagiarism detection (to ensure your work is properly referenced), and reference formatting according to AMA style or your target journal. For details about our comprehensive service, please see our Editorial Services page.

What is included in the total word count?

Order prices are based on total word count of materials to be edited. The total word count includes the title, abstract, main text, headings and subheadings, tables and table titles, figure legends, figures primarily composed of text (flow charts, algorithms, etc), and references. Total word count will also include the submission cover letter to the journal editor, if the author wishes for the cover letter to be edited.

Conflict of interest statements, funding declarations, author names and affiliations, and corresponding author information are NOT included in the total word count for editing purposes.

Materials for editing submitted in excess of the word count threshold for the order will be canceled and fully refunded. Authors will be notified of the cancellation and encouraged to place a new order of appropriate size. We encourage authors to avoid withholding parts of text from editing, as all material submitted to journal editors and reviewers should carry the same clear voice and language consistency throughout.

Why do you include plagiarism detection?

There are many details to keep track of when drafting a manuscript, and it has happened more than once that an author has meant to attribute an external source in the manuscript but inadvertently left the citation out for one reason or another. We can catch these inadvertent mistakes before you submit your manuscript to journal editors and prevent any potentially embarrassing or damaging notions of misconduct on your behalf. 

Will you really edit my abstract for free?

When the service is available, yes! We are happy to provide a free edit for your abstract (up to 350 words) and we will provide all applicable services available in our full service. Free edits are limited to one abstract per author per year. Student papers are ineligible, and abstract published previously are ineligible. Your edited abstract will be returned within 5 business days. 

What about when free abstract edits are suspended?

We are sorry about that. If the service is suspended, that means we are at full capacity. Getting authors published is our top priority, and sometimes that means we cut back on promotions to focus on exceptional editing service. But if you have read this far, you can still get a disc0unt c0de, even when the free abstract service is gone. Just use PeakFAQReader at checkout for 10% off services over $57. Shh. This is our little secret.

Who is actually editing my document? 

All Expedited and Rush edits are performed by our full-time medical editor, John Essex. Several other editing services will outsource your document to a stable of part-time medical editors for a meager wage, asking them to find time in their busy schedules to attend to your manuscript when they have a moment.

All edits for Cureus submissions are reviewed and approved by John Essex before returning to the author.

We do not treat your manuscript as a distraction. Your research manuscript is our number one focus. Your draft receives diligent care and attention because our reputation depends on your success. 

What kind of experience do you have?

We have edited hundreds of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals as well as a few text books for medical students and nursing students. See our Select Bibliography* for a list of published articles our medical editor has edited. 

*Please note that due to the volume of articles we have edited that have been accepted for publication and our primary focus on editing, we do not update the Select Bibliography page as often as we should. However, an updated list of articles published is available throughout our Twitter feed

What types of files do you accept?

We can accept .doc, .docx, .rtf, .ppt, and .pptx. For figures, tables, and graphs, we can also accept .pdfs if necessary.

How does it work? 

After you decide on our traditional, expedited or rush service, select the appropriate word count for your article (including references), click "Purchase," and complete the checkout. You will receive a confirmation email with an order number. Simply reply to the confirmation email and attach your documents to be edited. We will confirm receipt of your documents and provide a date by which your edited documents will be returned. 

How do I pay?

You have several ways to pay! Credit card payments are made via Stripe, a trusted global payment management company. Stripe is a quick and secure way to accept credit card and debit card payments online. Learn more at www.stripe.com. You may also pay via PayPal, the leading online payment method trusted by millions of people around the world. Learn more at www.paypal.com.

For documents larger than 16,000 words, we use Intuit Quickbooks electronic invoices. Invoice payments are made using the “Pay Now” button in the electronic invoice itself. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, along with ACH Bank transfers.


Are payments secure?

Yes. Paypal and Stripe exceed the most stringent industry standards for security. Click here to learn more about the technical details of Stripe's secure infrastructure. Click here to learn more about PayPal's robust purchase security. The invoice system we use for special projects, Intuit Quickbooks Payments, uses bank-level security protocols and security systems.

Can you guarantee my manuscript will be accepted?

We are aware that other editorial services offer some form of guarantee. Please read the fine print on any editorial service guarantee you see. The fact remains that the decision to accept or reject a manuscript rests solely with journal editors. While we are confident in our services and we will do whatever we can to make sure you are satisfied with your experience at Peak Medical Editing, we cannot guarantee the publication of your edited manuscripts.  

I would like to work for you as a medical editor. Are you hiring?

We are a small shop, and at this time we are not hiring medical editors. If you are interested in working for us, you may send us your resume and CV (via an email to hello@peakmedicalediting[dot]com) and we will keep you in mind should the need arise to expand our staff. 

Other questions? Please feel free to Contact Us.