The Importance of Turnaround Time in Copy-Editing Services

By eContent Pro on May 5, 2023

If you intend to submit your document to an academic journal for publishing, it is highly recommended that it goes through a round of copy editing before submission.

As you know, a document undergoes strenuous peer review before it is accepted to a journal, and copy editing your work is key in ensuring that you are presenting a mistake-free manuscript.

Unfortunately, in some cases, it can take more than a year to publish a manuscript, and by the time the research is available to the academic community, it is likely that the content has become outdated or irrelevant due to the speed at which individuals discover new information.

In the age of the internet and rapid discovery of new innovations, solutions, and opportunities, information can become obsolete in a matter of months, maybe even days. As a result, the timeliness of publishing your research is more important now than it has ever been before.

Therefore, choosing a trusted copy-editing outlet that can provide affordable, high-quality services with a fast turnaround time is vital.

In this blog, we will discuss the process of copy editing, some of the factors that impact copy-editing turnaround time, and how certain copy-editing outlets use turnaround time to charge customers additional fees.

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The Process of Copy Editing

When an author pays to have their manuscript copy edited, the process typically begins with the author selecting a service, uploading their document, and paying for their order.

Once the order is received, the staff of the professional copy-editing outlet assigns the job to an appropriate copy editor based on the content of the document.

Upon the return of the copy-edited manuscript from the copy editor, the staff of the professional copy-editing outlet will upload the copy-edited manuscript into the system and send an email to the author, notifying them that their order is complete.

Factors That Impact Copy-Editing Turnaround Time

The amount of time it takes to complete the process outlined above depends on several factors, including:

  • The length of the manuscript.
  • The degree of the technical nature of the manuscript.
  • The use of technology by the professional copy-editing outlet.
  • The professional copy-editing outlet’s effort to minimize turnaround time.
  • And the commitment of the copy editor assigned to the manuscript to complete the job in the highest quality and fastest time.

Turnaround Time Among Copy-Editing Companies: A Comparison

If you have utilized copy-editing services in the past, you have probably encountered several companies that provide a base rate for a turnaround time of 6 days. To receive your final documents sooner, these companies charge additional fees.

To demonstrate, here are copy-editing quotes from two well-known copy-editing companies for a 5,000-word document:

As you can see, Companies A and B capitalize on providing copy-editing services in a timely manner. However, in the case of eContent Pro (eCPro), it is our business philosophy to complete every job with the highest quality and fastest turnaround time with no additional fees.

To demonstrate, here is a copy-editing quote from eContent Pro for a 5,000-word document:

As you can see, eCPro only charges US$270 for a fast turnaround time of 2 to 3 business days. This means that even if you chose Company A’s 2-day or 3-day service, you would pay on average US$344, which means you will pay on average US$74 more. Wouldn’t you want to receive your final materials sooner rather than later while still saving money?

Make the Correct Choice

eCPro is committed to providing excellent service at a competitive price. We have an incredible team of professional copy editors who can help make sure your sentence structure is error-free and at the level it needs to be for manuscript publication. Our native English-speaking copy editors and certified proofreaders are highly experienced and trained and specialized in over 10 research topic areas, ensuring that your document is in good hands.

We take pride in providing top-notch editorial services that are tailored to meet the needs of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, we have earned a reputation for delivering high-quality work that is error-free and polished to perfection at the quickest turnaround time.

In addition, we use Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature to perform edits, allowing you to easily review and manage the changes made to your manuscript. We also follow various style guides, including APA 7th edition, MLA, AP, Harvard, Chicago, and more, to ensure that your manuscript adheres to the standards set by your academic institution or publisher.

Contact us today to learn more about our editorial services and how we can help you achieve your publishing goals. With our team of experts by your side, you can be confident that your manuscript will be polished to perfection with the fastest turnaround and ready to stand out in the competitive publishing landscape.

About eContent Pro

Based in Hershey, PA, eContent Pro (eCPro) provides high-quality editorial services with the fastest turnaround (1-2 business days, sometimes the same day, at no additional cost). Since our inception, we have assisted scholars in over 90 countries to achieve successful publication. Internationally, we are a trusted copy editing services partner for publishers, university presses, and organizations.

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