LSE Parental Leave Grant

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” Blaise Pascal, Provincial Letters: Letter XVI (4 December 1656)
Good writing requires skill and time. Life Science Editors is here to help with both, so that scientists can achieve their full potential and science can move forward.  Many scientist-parents take a leave to care for their children. Taking a parental leave can make it especially challenging to find the time and energy to make progress on a paper. We are here to help – with a free manuscript edit.
Anyone who has taken a >8 week parental leave within the last 12 months and is a primary or senior author on a manuscript draft that is at the final stage before submission is eligible. We will choose one parent at random from the applicants. 
Please apply by email to with the subject “Parental Leave Grant” and describe your manuscript in the email. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2019.


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How to Get Your Paper Published

Getting papers published is a fundamental part of being a successful scientist. But, it has become harder to stand out from the crowd, and even some of the best scientists find it difficult to get published, particularly in the top journals. It helps to know how to write a good paper and to understand what the journal editors are looking for. One of our experienced Editors can hold a “How to get your paper published” course at your institute. These can range from a half-day to a two-day workshop, for groups of around 15 PhD students/Post-docs.

Content includes:

  • How to maximize scientific impact
  • Insider insights into the editorial process
  • How to appeal a decision
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Career Planning: Professional Editor

Over half of all doctorates leave academia. Identifying the right career can be tough, so it helps to do some forward planning and get expert advice. Many scientists are interested in science editing and communication. All of our Editors successfully transitioned from Post-doc to Editor at a top science journal. We would be happy to present a career talk followed by a group discussion for PhD students and Post-docs. We will tell you about life as a Scientific Editor and what it takes to become one.

The Editorial Process

What happens to your manuscript after you click “Submit”? This short video gives you some insight into how editors make their decisions – from sending the manuscript out for review, to choosing reviewers, to assessing reviewer input. Our perspective is based on our experiences overseeing the review process for hundreds of papers when we were editors at Cell, Science, Science Translational Medicine, and Neuron. Angela prepared this talk when she was a Technical Writer at OMRF with Dr. Judith James in the Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program.


Scientific Illustration

Leah Bury is a cell biologist and artist with a passion to creatively communicate science. She creates beautiful, custom scientific illustrations. Please contact Leah and see her website for more details. 


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