Editing Services in the Research Medical Library has 13 editors, 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 funding agencies, professional literature, 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.
In general, grant proposals are given highest priority. We typically complete editing of grant proposals within 5 workdays of the time they are received. We also offer preliminary reviews of Specific Aims sections of NIH proposals, and we generally complete such reviews within 3 workdays.
Send us the proposal at least 2 weeks before the OSP or ORA deadline.
If editing is not scheduled in advance as outlined above, we usually can still edit the proposal. However, we may not be able to return it as quickly as desired, or we may not be able to provide a full edit.
For multiproject grant proposals (e.g., NIH SPORE) and other proposals consisting of multiple narrative sections, please contact us at least 3 months before the agency deadline to discuss an editing schedule and the scope of our work.
Journal Article Editing
We edit manuscripts intended for publication in peer-reviewed journals on a first-come, first-served basis; only requests for grant proposal editing are given higher priority. Because we serve the MD Anderson community exclusively, manuscripts submitted for editing must meet each of the following guidelines:
At least one author on the manuscript must be a full-time faculty member, trainee, or staff member of MD Anderson.
At least part of the work described in the manuscript must have been performed at MD Anderson.
The turnaround time for an edited journal article reporting original research is typically 8 workdays. Longer turnaround times may be required for journal articles that do not report original research (e.g., narrative reviews, editorials) and journal articles of 50 or more double-spaced pages. To help authors avoid inadvertently including previously published text in their manuscripts, we run all journal articles through iThenticate unless the senior author requests that we omit this step.
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 Editing Services.
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.