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    Terms of Business

    Editing

    1. We undertake to ensure that no manuscript edited by a member of Cambridge Language Consultants' staff will be rejected by a journal editor or reviewer, or by a book reviewer, on the grounds of deficiencies in English language.
    2. If authors have special requirements with respect to English, these must be specified in advance. If they are not specified in advance, Cambridge Language Consultants will take no responsibility for satisfying them and revising the manuscript in order to satisfy them will incur an additional fee at the standard rates.
    3. If authors have special requirements with respect to English, satisfying them may be charged at a rate greater than the Cambridge Language Consultants standard rates, depending on the precise nature of the special requirements.
    4. If a manuscript that has been edited by a member of Cambridge Language Consultants' staff should be rejected on the grounds of deficiencies in English language, Cambridge Language Consultants undertakes to remove the deficiencies free of charge, provided that (a) Cambridge Language Consultants has access to reviewers' comments and (b) reviewers' comments specify, in appropriate detail, the ways in which the manuscript is deficient with respect to English language. See www.camlang.com/complaints.cfm for our procedures for handling complaints.
    5. Upon receipt of a revised version of a manuscript, the author should go through the manuscript carefully to address all changes, suggestions, and comments, then return the revised manuscript to Cambridge Language Consultants for checking. This checking will be charged at £42.96 per hour. Checking is very important, because we have found that in many cases, authors introduce errors into their manuscripts when they are revising, which can result in the manuscript being rejected on the grounds of poor English.
    6. Cambridge Language Consultants takes no responsibility for any submitted manuscript that contains changes made by the client following the completion of editing without prior consultation with a Cambridge Language Consultants editor.
    7. Cambridge Language Consultants does not edit theses or dissertations that are to be submitted for a degree, e.g. for an MSc or PhD. This is because in almost all cases, correcting the English requires the elimination of unclarity and ambiguity, which is in contravention of university regulations, which state that theses should be clearly written and be the product of all the student's own work.

    Assessment of logic and flow of argument

    1. For a work that has yet to be submitted for publication, Cambridge Language Consultants does not guarantee to remove all possible logical error and deficiencies in the flow of argument. We do guarantee to make improvements to the existing work that are consistent with the time spent on our analysis.
    2. For a manuscript that has already been submitted to a journal and has reviewers' comments available, Cambridge Language Consultants undertakes to rectify those deficiencies in the manuscript that have been identified by the reviewers and that pertain specifically to logic and the flow of argument.
    3. If a manuscript that has been assessed for logic and the flow of argument is rejected by a journal editor or reviewer, or book reviewer, on the grounds of deficiencies in the area of logic and the flow of argument, Cambridge Language Consultants undertakes to remove the deficiencies free of charge, provided that (a) Cambridge Language Consultants has access to reviewers' comments, (b) reviewers' comments specify, in appropriate detail, the ways in which the manuscript is deficient with respect to logic and the flow of argument and (c) the deficiencies pertain only to those portions of the text that have been modified regarding logic and the flow of argument by Cambridge Language Consultants staff.

    Scientific Content

    1. Under no circumstances will Cambridge Language Consultants take responsibility for the scientific content of a manuscript.

    Acceptance and Return of Manuscripts

    1. Cambridge Language Consultants will accept a manuscript for editing only if authors either (a) submit their manuscript by completing, in full detail, the online form at www.camlang.com/submit.cfm, during which process they will commit themselves to editing, or (b) submit their document by e-mail, supplying all of the information that is asked for on the online form, including a statement of commitment to editing.
    2. Cambridge Language Consultants will return a revised version of a manuscript of up to 8000 words that is to be edited for English within 14 days of sending to the author an acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript, unless there are extenuating circumstances, in which case Cambridge Language Consultants will inform the author of these circumstances as soon as they become known.
    3. Cambridge Language Consultants will return a revised version of a manuscript of up to 2500 words that is to be edited for English within less than 14 days of sending to the author an acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript, provided that a lesser period is agreed with the author.
    4. For manuscripts of over 8000 words, a return date will be agreed between Cambridge Language Consultants and the author.
    5. For manuscripts such that the author requests special services in addition to the editing of English, such as editorial advice and/or the assessment of logic and flow of argument, there can be no set completion date. However, a schedule of work will be agreed between Cambridge Language Consultants and the author.

    Cancellation

    1. Cambridge Language Consultants sends manuscripts to editors for work to start at the same time that Cambridge Language Consultants sends out to authors an acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript. This will usually be within 24 hours of receiving a request for editing. If an author cancels editing before Cambridge Language Consultants has sent out an acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript, there will be no charge.
    2. If an author cancels editing after Cambridge Language Consultants has sent out an acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript but before first editing has been completed, the charge will be the cost of doing first editing on the entire manuscript at a rate of GBP4.29 per 100 words, plus a surcharge of 15%.
    3. If an author cancels editing after first editing has been completed and before Cambridge Language Consultants has sent the paper out for second editing, the charge will be the cost of doing first editing on the entire manuscript at a rate of £4.29 per 100 words, plus any surcharges that apply according to the fee scale specified at www.camlang.com/terms.cfm.
    4. If an author cancels editing after first editing has been completed and after Cambridge Language Consultants has sent the paper out for second editing, the charge will be the cost of doing first editing on the entire manuscript calculated according to the fee scale specified at www.camlang.com/terms.cfm, plus the cost of doing second editing on the entire manuscript at a rate of £2.13 per 100 words, plus a surcharge of 15% on the cost of second editing.
    5. If an author cancels after all editing has been completed but before Cambridge Language Consultants has returned the revised version to the author, the charge will be the full cost of editing calculated according to the fee scale specified at www.camlang.com/terms.cfm.
    6. If any effort is required by Genedits to collect payment that is due as a result of the cancellation of editing by a client, the client will be liable to pay a fee for the effort expended at a rate of £38 per hour.
    7. If Cambridge Language Consultants is unable to complete the editing within either 14 days or a period previously agreed upon between the author and Cambridge Language Consultants, the author may cancel and the charge will be the cost of editing that has been completed at the time of cancellation.
    8. In all cases of cancellation, Cambridge Language Consultants will return to the author a copy of the manuscript that has been revised up to the point at which the request to cancel was received, after the cancellation fee has been paid.

    Late payment

    1. Payment is due as soon as Cambridge Language Consultants sends out an invoice to the client.
    2. Cambridge Language Consultants expects payment to be made by personal credit card or personal bank transfer within 7-10 days of sending out an invoice to the client.
    3. Cambridge Language Consultants expects to receive payment by the university or any grant body within 30 days of sending out an invoice to the client.
    4. In the event that payment is not received within 30 days from the date on which an invoice has been sent out to the client, the client will be liable to pay further charges for late payment as follows:
      ----Interest at 5% of the total invoiced amount for days 31-60, levied on day 31, and additional 5% simple interest on the total invoiced amount for every 30 days thereafter.
      ----A fee for effort expended during the course of attempting to receive payment, charged at £38 per hour
    5. Chinese universities are exempt from charges for late payment, provided that Cambridge Language Consultants is satisfied that the client is making every possible effort to get the invoice paid quickly. If Cambridge Language Consultants learns that the client is delaying payment for any reason, the client will be liable to pay charges for late payment.

    Miscellaneous

    1. Cambridge Language Consultants reserves the right to change the fees in response to changing economic circumstances, without notification to clients.
    2. The fees that apply will always be those that are posted on the webpage www.camlang.com/terms.cfm.
    3. Any issue that arises that is not covered by any of the above will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
    4. The final interpretation of any of the above lies with Cambridge Language Consultants.

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