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Medical and Scientific Editing Service

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It is a Science

Capstone Editing’s team of medical and scientific editors are experts at considering both the big picture and the fine details, making us the perfect choice for ensuring rigour and precision in your medical or technical writing. Many of our specialist editors have degrees in medical and scientific fields such as chemistry, bioscience, veterinary science and science communication and are familiar with the nuances of scientific writing and adept at managing complex scientific terminology.

You can be confident that your work is being edited by skilled individuals who can understand and appreciate it; therefore, they will ensure that it is presented in its best possible form.

As academics and scientists, our medical editors understand and regularly use scientific and medical terminology in their own writing. Many have published their work and are familiar with the subtleties, objectivity and technical precision required by leading medical and scientific publications. As specialist academic editors, our attention to detail is unbeatable and we understand the absolute requirement for accuracy and consistency in medical and technical writing.

In contrast to other editing services, our editors are adept at managing mathematical formulae and equations and the unique challenges these bring. Our expert formatting will ensure that your data is presented in its best possible form for your audience and we are glad to suggest and implement refinements to enhance the appearance of your figures for maximum impact.

Whatever the goals of your medical or scientific writing, our highly skilled specialist editors will assist you to achieve them. We will ensure your message is clear and concise regardless of your audience, whether you are communicating to readers of medical or scientific journals, your supervisory panel, your thesis examiners, physicians, patients, medical students, pharmaceutical companies, consumers, pharmaceutical representatives or opinion leaders.

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Medical and Scientific Editing Is a Specialty

As specialist medical editors, scientific editors and technical editors who are passionate about English and communication, our team have an exceptional knowledge of spelling, grammar and syntax. Our unparalleled communication skills are at your disposal to ensure that your research is presented eloquently and professionally.

In addition, with backgrounds in research and academia, our editors are adept at confirming facts and meaning by referencing industry gold-standard resources. Whether this means referencing the leading medical dictionaries (i.e., Stedman’s and Taber’s Cyclopaedic), or going directly to the original research through PubMed, you can be confident that your medical editor will understand your intended meaning and ensure it is communicated precisely, with no ambiguity.

And of course, our technical editors are masters of all academic referencing styles (including Chicago, MLA, Harvard, Vancouver and APA) and will cross-check your in-text references with your reference list to ensure completeness and consistency. This is a massive timesaver, especially for academics.

We are experts in understanding and implementing style manuals and guidelines and can efficiently reformat articles to match the specifications and requirements of your journal or publisher. We have extensive experience in recognising the nuances in language and formatting that different scientific styles require, particularly the AMA, APA, Chicago and Microsoft Styles, which are so important in the fields of medicine and science.

Who Can Benefit from Our Service

As expert wordsmiths, Capstone Editing’s academic editors are adept at shaping language at all levels of complexity and for all audiences to ensure that your document achieves its purpose in an engaging and technically sound form. Our talented team have experience copyediting for many purposes, including:

    • Pharmaceutical sales and marketing materials
    • Training materials
    • Product and company websites
    • Medical communication agencies
    • Science communication
    • Promotional and non-promotional pharmaceutical deliverables
    • Technical product user manuals
    • Clinical reports.

We understand our clients’ diversity and the highly specialised nature of their work. Our excellent client support team will ensure that your specific needs are matched to the best possible editor to ensure your satisfaction, no matter which area your work falls into. Capstone Editing has a reputation for excellence and we are proud to serve clients from a range of areas:

    • Medical universities
    • Medical publishers
    • Peer-reviewed medical journals
    • Individual academics and postgraduate students
    • Medical research institutions
    • Government agencies
    • Trade journals for health care professionals
    • Independent authors or investigators
    • Associations or professional societies for health care professionals
    • Medical doctors or physicians
    • Communication firm/marketing or advertising agencies
    • Health care organisations or providers
    • News outlets for health/medical/scientific news
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Clinical or Contract research organisations (CRO)
    • Biotechnology companies.
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Medical/Science Journal Article Editing

In the changing environments of research and academia, we understand the importance of adding highly-cited, quality publications to your CV. Our medical and scientific editors have excellent attention to detail and will ensure that your articles meet the rigorous standards of leading journals. Our popular Premium Copyediting service not only includes comprehensive language editing and cross-checking of your references, but also the meticulous application of your target publication’s particular style, including language, formatting and referencing requirements. We understand that while it is technically rigorous, scientific research is often a story of discovery and our substantive editing service will delve deeper to ensure that your article has the best possible structure to convey your breakthrough.

We aim to refine your article to give it the best chance of submission success. As published academics themselves, our editors are able to offer feedback on figure formatting and clarity and to assist with managing complex formulae. We also understand the specific importance of precision in medical communications and frequently refresh our knowledge by referencing leading publications—Schwager’s Medical English Usage and Abusage and Gylys and Wedding’s Medical Terminology Simplified—to ensure that our skills remain sharp to give you the best edit possible. Our familiarity with a number of style manuals, including AMA, Chicago and Vancouver, means that we can expertly reformat your article for submission to a different journal.

We are especially adept at adapting the finer details in papers. For example, peer-reviewed articles for different international publications may require either British/Australian or American English. Our keen copyediting will ensure that the subtleties of your chosen form are consistently applied according to either the Macquarie (British/Australian) or Merriam-Webster (American) Dictionaries. Naturally, reformatting includes rewriting your references to match whichever style you require—a massive timesaver that allows you to focus on what matters.

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Thesis Editing for Medical and Science Students

Our editors have assisted thousands of Honours, Masters and PhD students from every university in Australia to refine their theses and present their hard work in its best possible form. As outlined on our thesis editing page, our Premium Copyediting service will do everything we possibly can to ensure that your thesis expresses your ideas eloquently and meets the high standards of modern universities.

We understand the immeasurable time and energy that is invested in your work and are proud to help you ensure that it is presented clearly, consistently and, most importantly, scientifically. As scientists or medical researchers themselves, our editors understand the unique structural requirements of the different sections in a scientific thesis and will provide you with personalised feedback to help you grow as a scientific writer. For example, Results and Discussion are distinct sections, but students often have some bleed-through between the two, which seriously erodes the quality of their writing. We can help with this!

Whether you choose to submit your thesis as a single document or on a chapter-by-chapter basis, a single editor will work with you to produce a thesis that you can be proud of. After successful submission, we can even help you to distil your work into a manuscript or several journal articles for publication.

Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality academic editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

These documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I would like to thank my editor at Capstone Editing for her thorough edit of my grant proposal. Her suggestions gave me better ways of expressing myself with clarity and (importantly for grant proposals) with fewer words! She provided detailed comments on her edits that helped ensure that we didn’t inadvertently change the intended meaning. I appreciated her attention to the details of formatting and nuances of meaning across the document. I highly recommend her to help improve the readability and clarity of academic documents.

Dr Monica Barratt NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of New South Wales

Capstone Editing has edited many journal articles for me. Their editors' thorough command of language really helps in making sure that the article is well expressed and free of errors. They work very quickly and I have found it invaluable to have somebody format an article to the style of the particular journal. It is a massive time saver that allows me to move on to my next piece of work. I plan to use Capstone's services again, including for a book project I have coming up. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to academics wanting to save time and wanting to submit their work with the confidence that it has been thoroughly looked over and formatted to their particular requirements.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan Political Science Charles Stuart University

The fast, elegant and professional service provided by Capstone Editing saved me hours, days and weeks of work for which I am truly grateful. They worked to very tight deadlines and formatted, fixed and corrected my thesis so that I could submit it on time (and within my budget!) The editors who edited my thesis had phenomenal attention to detail and provided me with tremendously valuable feedback that improved the quality of my thesis. In addition to the usual material, my thesis had dozens of tables in both portrait and landscape format, a research study and case studies. My editors very quickly corrected and fixed all the material I threw at them and went beyond the call of duty to provide me with a beautifully referenced and immaculately formatted thesis. I am so appreciative of their advice and assistance.

Cheryl-Anne Whitlock Master of Arts (Journalism) University of Wollongong

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