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Cureus Editing Services

Enabling more authors to publish with tiered editing services

Cureus was founded on the belief that barriers to the publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed medical articles must be reduced. That’s why Cureus is an Open Access journal currently publishing the majority of articles completely free of charge. In a perfect world it would be 100%, and we’d love it if that were the case, but the fact is that many submissions arrive in less-than-ideal condition requiring substantial time, communication and editing on our part. That’s where our tiered editing services come in.

Cureus Editing Tiers

Every submission begins its life eligible for free publication, but only articles submitted with few or no errors will qualify. For the rest, we offer Preferred and Select Editing Services.


We provide you with templated feedback. You are responsible for all revisions.

1 deferral permitted


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Your responsibilities

Authors are expected to utilize templated feedback and our author guide to identify and fix mistakes with minimal guidance.


Fix everything identified in the deferral notice, and you’re on your way to free publication! One deferral is permitted, but if errors remain, Preferred or Select editing will be required to continue.

Cureus Select

We provide you with detailed feedback. You are responsible for most revisions.

Up to 5 deferrals

Under $200

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Cureus Select

Your responsibilities

This is our Do-It-Yourself-assisted editing service. The majority of revisions will still be your responsibility.


You’ll be granted additional deferrals if needed (up to five) and provided with more detailed feedback on required revisions. We’ll handle any small errors that would normally be included in the deferral for a free article.

Cureus Preferred

We take care of all formatting and language edits. You are responsible only for scientific revisions.

No deferral limit

Under $400

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Cureus Preferred

Your responsibilities

If our editors have any questions about the scientific content of your article, you may be asked to clarify or revise.


All language and formatting errors will be fixed by our editorial team. Only three actions required: submit article, revise article after peer review, hit the publish button.

Submissions that need extensive rewriting will be required to undergo professional editing help from a third party service. Learn More Here

How does it work?

After your article is submitted, we'll evaluate the language and formatting and determine which editing tier is appropriate.

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Common questions

Does purchasing Cureus Select or Preferred Editing guarantee that my article will be published?

While purchasing Select or Preferred Editing does not guarantee publication, we will provide a complete refund if your article is not published as a result of content or formatting issues. Refunds will not be provided in cases of plagiarism or fraud.

What can I do to ensure my article is published for free?

Read the Instructions for Authors section of our Author Guide and pay special attention to rules regarding media and reference formatting. Subheader formatting, language punctuation, complete references - these things matter! If you take the time needed to read and meet our requirements, you should have no problem publishing for free in Cureus.

What is third party editing?

Submissions that need extensive rewriting to fix numerous grammar, syntax, sentence structure and readability issues will be required to receive professional editing help from a third-party service. We recommend Peak Medical Editing, but authors may choose any legitimate service. Grammarly and other do-it-yourself services are not accepted.

Why can’t I fix the errors myself?

Cureus aspires to publish the vast majority of articles for free. In exchange, we expect authors to do the heavy lifting and submit largely error-free articles. Other journals may be more permissive, but they require authors to surrender copyright or pay $1000s of dollars. When articles have too many errors we charge authors to cover the additional cost of back-and-forth communication and editing.