Frequently Asked Questions
Can you help me with my manuscript?
Yes. I specialise in the production of peer-reviewed journal papers and academic books. I can also help you with science communication and outreach projects. I can work up a paper from draft and support you in further outreach work if that is of interest. If you want me to assist you in the production of a dissertation, thesis, term paper or high school essay, I will probably point you in the direction of your supervisor or a company that specialises in those services. Use the opportunity to learn.
Can you help me with the production of an academic book?
Yes. I can work with you as the academic editor or author and help you get your book to publication. In certain circumstances I can even act as your publisher.
I would like to do some outreach work with a patient group. Can you help?
Yes. I can assist you in the production of materials that are appropriate for your channel and message. I can also work with you to figure out the best strategy.
Do you write press releases?
Yes. Assuming you can give me decent materials about your topic (probably an in-press paper), I can write an engaging press release. I can also help you go much further with your message, by working up extended materials (such as news articles, blog posts, interviews, explainers, FAQs etc). I can also help you get this material online.
My manuscript/book should be in British English. Can you do this?
Yes, I am British so this will come naturally.
How are you different from other writing companies and medical writers?
First of all, I focus mainly on the production of peer-reviewed journal papers and academic books. I work with you, as a scientist, to produce the highest quality manuscript for submission or publication in whatever outlet you are interested in. Unlike other writing companies and medical writers, I do not offer ghostwriting (i.e. authorship under your name). Instead, I assist you in getting the most out of your own writing. I am also native British English located in mainland Europe with a focus on clients that have English as a second language. Oh yes, I also have 10 years experience as a research scientist. I am on your side.
Why should I employ you instead of writing the manuscript myself?
You might be short on time, not be confident in English (although you are expected to publish in English), be short of staff or need to write in a style you are not used to (think communications and outreach with non-scientists). I promise you will not be disappointed by getting me involved in your project.
Do you do the writing?
Yes, I do the writing, editing and everything else. I do not employ others to do it for me and then pass it off as my work. For some services (e.g. printing) I will help you find the best person for the job. If I am too busy, I will let you know and will try to put you in contact with other writers.
Do you do ghostwriting?
Not for peer-reviewed papers. In fact, I am against it. For materials used in outreach work and where authorship is not declared at all, then I am more than happy to help.
Do you require acknowledgement?
Normally, yes. Most journals require the declaration of the involvement of a science/ medical writer. It is good practice to be open and honest about who does what in preparing your publication. As I said above, where authorship is not declared at all, I am more than happy to get involved in your project.
What research topics can you handle?
I offer best value in biomedical sciences as this is the area I have the most experience in. I can handle other areas and styles but I will have to look at this on a case by case basis. If I do not feel confident, I will let you know and suggest another writer who has more experience.
Do you do desk research in the preparation of a manuscript or book?
The short answer is maybe. I can’t write reviews from scratch for you. This requires an in-depth knowledge of a scientific area and that is your role as a scientist. I will also not analyse raw data for you. This is the responsibility of the scientist/statistician as you are required by journals to take responsibility for your science. I will work up a manuscript from a (clinical) report as long as you supply all the data and references required for the production of a manuscript for publication. I will always help you work up a manuscript from first draft and if I find references that I think add value to your paper, I will make the suggestion.
What’s included in your service?
Most projects are bespoke, so it is a little hard to be definitive. However, I do have my ways of working. For example, if you employ me to edit you manuscript prior to submission to a journal, I will do just that and you will receive back from me a version with full markup (edits and comments), a version with just comments and a clean version. You will also receive a short editorial report describing larger changes and suggestions. I have found this works well with most clients. I can also help you convert your manuscript to a specific journal style and produce all the extra materials required for submission. See here for examples of services and prices.
What format will you deliver my manuscript in?
Normally, I will send your manuscript in Word (*.doc) format as I have found that this is most convenient for most clients. I can also supply documents in other formats such as PDF. Just ask.
How can I place an order with you?
Just get in contact with me.
Will you work under a confidentiality agreement?
Yes. I am more than happy to work with you under a confidentiality agreement. If you do not have an agreement written, I can supply one. For a full elaboration on this, please see my terms and conditions.
Do you work with a service agreement?
Normally, yes. Once we agree on what services you want me to supply, I will send you a service agreement. This will outline the agreement between us. For small projects where it is not worth drawing up agreements like this, you can expect me to work according to my terms and conditions.
I am not authorised to sign agreements at my organisation. What now?
For large projects, I encourage you to involve your contracts manager, buyer or whoever is authorised to sign contracts on behalf of your organisation. For small projects, I can work with you to figure out the best way to navigate your organisation’s rules. Don’t worry, we can always find a way to work together.
What currency do you operate in?
All projects are priced in Euros.
What are your payment terms?
For small projects I will send you an invoice once the work is returned to you and it will be highly appreciated if you pay within 30 days. For large projects where we agree staged payments, the same will apply. The invoice will include details of how to pay. Normally this is via bank transfer. For international clients (i.e. not in The Netherlands), I will give you my IBAN details. I will also accept payment by debit/credit card via Paypal if that is more convenient.
Do you charge VAT?
Yes. My services mainly fall under the remit of editing and consultancy and I am required by the Dutch authorities to charge VAT. For international clients (ex-EU) the invoice will not include VAT. For EU clients outside The Netherlands, the invoice total will include 0% cross-border EU VAT (BTW verlegt) and you will need to account for this according to the rules of your national tax authority and organisation.
What if I am not satisfied with your work?
That would be a shame. I always aim to add value to your work. If you feel that this is not the case, I will be more than happy to discuss the best course of action.
How long will it take you to complete my order?
Obviously it depends on what we are working on. For editing peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, I usually aim to return them within a minimum of 2-3 working days. I will let you know as it will depend a bit on how busy I am. For other types of work, I will agree a timetable with you upfront.
How flexible are you with timings?
I can usually start working on a project as soon as I receive all the materials I need. However, we both know that circumstances change, and I will try to help in any way I can. From experience, I know that the best intentioned timetables slip for many reasons!