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A labourer and his hire

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I had a nice email the other day offering me some work.  Maybe you did too.  It was from EditSprings "where you can make use of your scholarly attainments and English skill for paper editing with payment in your spare time".

EditSprings is an "academic service provider" established in China in 2010 which says that it has helped "more than 10,000 Chinese researchers to publish their papers in English academic journals".   The email added:

"Over 200 scientists, reviewers and editors from famous institutions cross the U.S., Britain, Canada, and so on are working with us to help increasing researchers overcome the language barrier." [sic]

They offered me three roles:

  • Language editing – modify the papers only for language such as grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, sentence structures and other mechanics of style
  • Academic editing – revise the manuscript in terms of academic logicality, content organization, results analysis, and language; make sure the manuscript is appropriate to be published
  • Journal recommendation – assess the manuscript based on research significance, novelty, preciseness and language; recommend three journals that are most suited to the manuscript

The rates of remuneration are infinitely more than journals pay for often doing quite similar work.  I'm not tempted though, as I've toiled in that particular vineyard long enough.  If you are, you might drop them a line (and CV) to recruitment@editsprings.com

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