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2005.12.19

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?
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