Publishing is critical for a successful academic science or medical career

But writing may be difficult for talented scientists, clinicians, and students, especially those whose first language is not English. 

No research manuscript should be denied peer review based on language or writing barriers. Thressa Smith, PhD, native-English speaker and science/medical editor at Onboard Editing, is dedicated to supporting the global research community with her expertise. She has both the scientific expertise to spot issues that might concern readers or reviewers and the editing  experience to ensure clear, concise, and organized content. She specializes in English-language editing of medical and scientific research papers, cover letters, grant applications, abstracts, responses to reviewers, posters, Doctor of Nursing Practice projects, and more.  

Why let your research go unpublished because of writing issues?

  Email ThressaSmith@OnboardEditing.com for English writing support and to improve your publication rates in higher-impact journals.

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Editorial Services

Medical & Science Editing Services

  • Polish the language in medical or research manuscripts, cover letters, abstracts, responses to reviewers, grant applications, posters, and more.
  • Work directly with you until you are 100% satisfied with the language in your project.
  • Achieve positive reader/reviewer responses by spotting potential issues, from the title to the conclusions, and offering sound advice to avoid negative reviewer feedback .  
  • Ensure a concise, clear, and consistent document in which the facts are accurate and the logic flow is clear and organized.
  • Confirm no grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistakes.
  • Format to target journal preferences.

Contact Thressa  at  ThressaSmith@OnboardEditing.com


6 Steps to Your Polished Paper

  1. Email your manuscript text, figures, legends, tables, and cover letter to ThressaSmith@OnboardEditing.com. Include the name of your target journal, if known. Provide the date you would like your manuscript finished. 
  2. Thressa will reply with a 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. She will also let you know when she will return your manuscript with the suggested revisions.
  3. If you agree with the cost and timeline, let Thressa know which payment option you prefer: Bank Wire Transfer or PayPal. Payment must be received before editing can begin.
  4. Thressa uses the track changes feature of Microsoft Word, so you can accept or reject each suggestion. She will return the suggested edits to you via email.
  5. You review and accept or reject each suggested edit, clarify points Thressa misunderstood, and ask questions. 
  6. Return the manuscript with any questions and clarifications to Thressa. She will answer your questions, incorporate your suggestions, and return the polished manuscript to you via email on or before the agreed date.


Email ThresssaSmith@OnboardEditing.com or WeChat directly

@Thressa Smith

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 also 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 professors, physicians, postdoctoral fellows, nurses, and graduate students publish their research in high-impact English-language journals. 

I am an active member of 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, Associate Professor-in-Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Author of Storytelling in Video Games: The Art of the Digital Narrative; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, and History in Metal Gear Solid V; A Cure for Toxic Masculinity: Male Bonding and Friendship in Final Fantasy XV; and Kingsglaive’s Exploration of World War II, Cultural Trauma, and the Plight of Refugees: An Animated Film as Complex Narrative

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 American editing company.

Curious how Onboard Editing was named?

Check out this 1-minute video!  Note that I embarrassingly incorrectly used “it’s” instead of “its” in the title. Just goes to show that even editors need editors!