PRS provides psychology manuscript editing services for professors, advanced researchers and scientists across all psychology fields to get their manuscripts published.
Although many different subfields and specialisations are included under the umbrella of psychology, the focus of all psychological research and knowledge is human behaviour. Whenever human beings are studied through research and experimentation and discussed in scholarly writing, great care must be taken to ensure that biases are avoided. For the most part, expressions of bias on the part of psychologists is unintentional and simply the result of choosing vocabulary without thoroughly considering its potential implications for readers. The use of gender-specific pronouns, for instance, or the terms ‘man’ and ‘woman’ in ways that do not reflect the actual context and participants of the research discussed can smack of sexism or gender bias. Language that is clear, accurate and painstakingly precise will almost always resolve the problem, but it is sometimes difficult to determine whether the words you are using achieve the effect you desire, and even the tiniest traces of gender, ethnic or age bias can undermine otherwise excellent research. The editors of the psychology manuscript editing team at PRS are highly educated and always alert to the precise meanings and nuances of language, so they can give you more confidence in the manuscript you submit for publication in psychology journals.
Avoiding bias is not only a matter of precision and accuracy, but also an aspect of being sensitive to the readers you anticipate for a piece of writing. Sensitivity is particularly essential in scholarly or professional writing about human beings, especially when it is possible that patients and clients as well as psychologists and researchers may read the manuscript. Referring to the participants of a study as subjects or using terms that define them solely according to their illness or condition may sound objective and scientific to some, but it can come across as insensitive and neglect the human element of a study. To avoid these problems and their consequences, please learn more about our psychology manuscript editing services.
Special care in the use of language is among the challenges associated with writing for an audience that is potentially very broad, and psychological studies are certainly among the kinds of scientific writing that draw general readers (patients and their families, for instance) as well as fellow researchers and practitioners. It is therefore essential to use a plain, lucid and concise style that is absolutely correct, avoids excessive specialised terminology and jargon, and carefully defines any terms of this kind that must be used. Ideas, methods, procedures, instruments, theories and results should be explained clearly and precisely. As trained experts in both your field and the English language, our editors of the psychology manuscript editing services team at PRS can check and correct your vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar, ensuring that your writing communicates without ambiguity exactly what you intend.
In almost all cases scholarly writing in the field of psychology follows the guidelines and format recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA), and when it comes to citations and references, APA style can be rather tricky. The correct format for references varies depending on the number of authors associated with a publication and whether the citation is the first or a subsequent reference to the work. Fortunately, the psychology manuscript editors available through PRS are familiar with the intricacies of APA style, so they can check your citations and list of references, helping you make every aspect of your references thorough, correct and consistent. They can similarly check tables, figures and other elements of your document for conformity with APA requirements, while also examining your formatting more generally to make sure that it successfully enhances the content and structure of your text.
A large portion of our clientele consists of senior researchers and practitioners who are not native speakers of English but who wish or need to present or publish their writing in the English language. Our psychology manuscript editors can assist such authors in communicating as clearly and with as much precision and sophistication in English as they could were they writing in their native language. However, our psychology manuscript editing services are also beneficial for native speakers of English who would like a second pair of professionally trained eyes to ensure that their writing contains no errors or inconsistencies in language or formatting and is polished to perfection. We would be delighted to help you achieve publication success with your manuscript.