Branch Scientific Editing offers basic and substantive editing for academic and scientific documents (e.g., journal articles, theses and dissertations, funding applications, etc.). I, proprietor Rob Morrissey, specialize in editing of scientific journal articles in the areas of ecology, natural resources management, and plant sciences (see Specialty areas) written by authors for whom English is a second language. 


Though editing and proofreading are critical to the success of any scientific manuscript, they are nevertheless boring and time-consuming jobs. By hiring a professional scientific editor, it will allow you to do more writing, which is one of your primary jobs as a scientist. It also provides you with a fresh set of eyes and objective analysis of a subject and document you are already too familiar with, which, as any writer will tell you, often produces text with many errors. Even minor errors can undermine your credibility and the quality of your research with peer reviewers and editors. Let me help to strengthen your manuscript and get it published quicker!


As a published scientific researcher and author myself, I can help you build and strengthen clear and concise text to publish your research in international scientific journals or draft your next book or chapter. As a native English speaker, I can help you improve the grammar and structure, language-use, narrative, and overall style of the manuscript to greatly improve its chances of being accepted. 

Editing Services

Basic editing

Basic editing includes correcting spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the author, and ensuring a consistent style and format.

Developmental editing

Substantive editing includes resolving issues of overall clarity or accuracy, reorganizing sections to improve readability and flow, revising to improve the overall presentation, and creating a new draft of the document for the author.

Academic services

I also edit other academic documents, including theses and dissertations, funding proposals, chapters and books, and application materials (e.g., essay, letter, cv).