Who Will Edit the Editors?
I am often asked to review papers that are written in a language only superficially resembling English. In a few cases the writing is so confused that I return the manuscript, asking for it to be edited by a native speaker of English. I realize that writing proper English is an additional hurdle for, possibly brilliant, scientists who are not native speakers of English, and I often wondered how authors could address this problem. Apparently, there are companies that will edit scientific papers for a modest fee.
However, a cursory look at the web site of
one of them
did not inspire me with much confidence.
Although my English is far from perfect, I could easily discern a number
of problems in the text they used to advertise their services.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?