Scientific Publications, Research Medical Library, currently employs 13 editors (including editorial managers), many with more than 25 years of editing experience. The editors perform both substantive and copy editing of grant proposals, journal articles, and other reports of original research written by MD Anderson physicians and scientists for the professional literature, funding agencies, and other external (non-MD Anderson) audiences.
Our editing services are available free of charge to MD Anderson’s faculty, staff, and clinical and basic science trainees.
Editing Grants and Journal Articles
Editing Grant Proposals
In general, grant proposals are given highest priority. We typically return edited grant proposals within 5 workdays of the time they are received. If you wish us to do a preliminary review of your Specific Aims section only, we will return that in 3 workdays. For information about advance scheduling of individual and multiproject (eg, SPORE) grant proposals, please see How Can You Request Editing?
Editing Journal Articles
Journal articles about original research are given second-highest priority and are edited on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless a consultation is needed, we typically return edited journal articles within 8 workdays of the time they are received. Non-research journal articles (eg, review articles and editorials) and journal articles of 50 or more double-spaced pages may take longer.
We offer short-turnaround editing of documents that are 5 or fewer double-spaced pages, such as conference abstracts, posters, and brief editorials. These documents can usually be returned within 1 workday. To submit a short document for editing, email Scientific Publications.
Meet with an editor to discuss your manuscript. Editors can provide guidance at any stage in the writing process: planning, outlining, early drafts, etc. They can also offer advice on issues such as authorship, plagiarism, conflict of interest, and choosing a journal.
At least one author must be a full-time faculty member, trainee, or staff member of MD Anderson, and the work must have been performed at MD Anderson. We also edit manuscripts describing collaborations between one or more MD Anderson authors and authors from other institutions if some laboratory experiments were conducted at MD Anderson or some patients were treated at MD Anderson. If you have questions about whether a manuscript qualifies for editing, please contact Scientific Publications.
Because of our long membership in the MD Anderson community, we understand and respect the uniqueness of scientific expression. We have expertise in editing documents across the spectrum of cancer research: clinical studies, translational science, and behavioral science. We edit about 50,000 pages of text per year, including about 1,200 journal articles and about 250 grant proposals.