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Now the table is formatted correctly, let’s start to edit the scientific content. Look back at Table 1 at the top of this page. It is not very clear what the data in this table represents. The table title is “Height after treatment”. It could be the height of elephants, buildings or plants, and the title does not describe the treatment at all! Always remember that each table must be understandable without other supporting text. In other words, if the table was printed with only the title and footnotes, could another scientist understand it, even if they work in a completely different area of research? It can be very easy to forget to write the most important information when you are used to working with the same data for a long time!
When we receive your manuscript, we carefully note any editing instructions you provide, especially your final deadline; the journal name or stylistic guide, such as Chicago Manual of Style; and whether you require British or American English. Susan Hatch Morgan, our Managing Editor, then identifies an editor in or familiar with your field who can meet your deadline. The editor prepares a sample edit of 500 words for documents 5,000 words or more, or 10 percent of submissions under 5,000 words. The sample edit demonstrates how your editor will edit your paper and also allows us to calculate the cost of editing your paper based on the editing level the sample edit reveals.