Onboard Editing

Publishing medical or scientific journal articles is critical for a successful academic career. But writing in English may be difficult for talented scientists, clinicians, and students whose first language is not English. I believe no research manuscript should be denied peer review based on language barriers.  So I specialize in affordable English-language editing of medical and scientific research papers. I can proofread and polish your paper to sound as though a native English speaker wrote it.

I edit medical and science research papers, cover letters, abstracts, and responses to reviewers  to achieve publication-ready submissions to peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. I also edit posters, grant applications, Doctor of Nursing Practice projects, and more.  

Email me to discover my AFFORDABLE RATES ( based on the industry standard as defined by the Editorial Freelancers Association and the American Medical Writers Association).



Editorial Services

I provide affordable medical and scientific English editing and proofreading services.

I make the language in your medical or scientific research paper like a native speaker of English wrote it without losing your voice or changing your intended meaning.

I ensure the novelty and significance of your research is clearly communicated using accurate field-specific language.

I polish each sentence, paragraph, and section to achieve consistency and a logical flow of information across the entire document.

Of course, I carefully check spelling, grammar, hyphenation, capitalization, and punctuation.

I also format your manuscript to fit your target journal’s preferences.



Working Together

Polishing Your Paper

  1. Email me at ThressaSmith@OnboardEditing.com. Attach your manuscript text, figures, legends, tables, and cover letter to the email. Name your target journal (if known). Provide the date you would like your manuscript finished. 
  2. I will reply to your email within a few hours, offering an affordable quote for the cost of editing. The exact cost depends on the complexity and length of the manuscript and how soon you would like it completed. I will also let you know when I can return your manuscript with my suggested revisions.
  3. If you agree with the cost and timetable, let me know which payment option you prefer: Bank Wire Transfer or PayPal. Payment must be received before editing can begin.
  4. I will edit using Microsoft Word track changes, so you can accept or reject each suggestion, and then I will return the suggested edits to you via email.
  5. You can review and accept or reject each suggested edit, answer any questions I had, and ask your own questions. Most clients return the manuscript to me within 48 hours.
  6. I will then polish the manuscript, answering your questions, incorporating your suggestions, and returning the polished manuscript to you via email on or before the agreed date.
  7. If you have questions, you can email or contact me on WeChat

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About Thressa Smith, PhD



I earned a copyediting certificate from the University of California, San Diego, after more than 15 years at the bench conducting primary research in neuroscience, pharmacology, drug addiction, and drug discovery.

I have a BS in physiology and a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology. As a freelance medical and science editor for individuals and organizations worldwide, including the JAMA Network journals, I have helped hundreds of scientists, physicians, nurses, and students publish their research in high-impact English-language journals.

I am an active member of the American Medical Writers Association, the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Coastal Women’s Forum I can also be found on LinkedIn and Facebook.

What my clients are saying

Thank you, Dr. Smith, for your help with my writing. You did an outstanding job! I am very pleased and enjoyed working with you.—Dr. Gongliang Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow at Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, Florida.

You have the keen ability to determine what I meant in places and how I might have better said what I meant.—Dr. Amy Green, Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

I have certainly enjoyed working with you in the past on science that we did together. Your writing skills are superb.—Dr. Cheryl Watson, Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Thank you for your hard work on this manuscript. This was another fantastic edit!  Normally, I would take the time to offer you suggestions on how to improve your future edits. However, I was unable to locate any fault in your work on this edit. You did an outstanding job, and you properly addressed your concerns through comments. You also did a great job focusing on the use of articles as well as diction and phrasing. I look forward to working with you in the future.—Managing Editor at an America editing company.