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Preferred Editing Service

Didn’t qualify for free publication? We’ll take it from here.

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 half of all article submissions completely free of charge. In a perfect world all articles would be published for free, but the fact is that many submissions arrive in a less-than-ideal condition requiring substantial time, communication and editing on our part. That’s where our Preferred Editing service comes in.



How does it work?

Submit an article that meets all of our stated requirements and we’ll waive our editing fee - it’s that simple! Click below to expand the windows and read more about how we will assess your article submission.







Free publication

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Articles with few or no errors will qualify for free publication and proceed directly to peer review. You may be required to fix any formatting errors identified by our copy editors. These will usually be related to your references, media items or general article formatting (such as subheaders). Review articles are not eligible for free publication. In order to remain eligible for free publication, articles must adhere to the author and reference limits. (See the Common Questions section below for details.)





Preferred Editing

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If too many errors are found upon submission or after deferral, your article will require our Preferred Editing service. With only a few exceptions, we will fix all formatting and language issues. If our editors have any questions about the scientific content of your article, you may be asked to clarify or revise. Most Preferred Editing articles require only three actions: submit your article, revise the article after peer review and, lastly, click the publish button.





Professional 3rd party

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Article submissions needing extensive revision to fix numerous grammar, syntax, sentence structure and readability issues will be required to undergo professional editing from a third-party service. Professional third-party editing does not guarantee publication and DIY services such as Grammarly are not accepted. We recommend the following services: Editage, Enago, Pangolin, Peak Medical Editing, Scribendi.



How much does it cost?

Preferred Editing pricing is calculated according to article length, author total, reference total, and the amount of formatting and language errors found during our preliminary review. The greater the amount of editing work required, the higher the price of Preferred Editing. Use our estimated price calculator below to view the Preferred Editing price range.



Common questions

Will purchasing the Preferred Editing service guarantee publication?

While the purchase of Preferred Editing doesn't guarantee publication, a partial refund will be issued if the article is rejected after peer review. (A $50 processing fee will be withheld.) No refund will be provided for articles rejected due to fraud or plagiarism or articles voluntarily withdrawn by the author.


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

You only get one chance at free publication so please read the Instructions for Authors section of our Author Guide and pay close 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 order to remain eligible for free publication, articles cannot contain more than the following number of authors or references. Exceeding either total will require Preferred Editing regardless of how many errors are found during our preliminary review.

  • Original articles: 10 authors and 30 references
  • Case reports and technical reports: 5 authors and 20 references
  • Editorials: 5 authors and 5 references

How are the different error levels determined?

Articles with level 1 errors qualify for free publication, while articles in the remaining error levels will require our Preferred Editing service. We carefully assess each submitted article during editor check, assigning points for errors in the following categories: author name and affiliation accuracy/formatting, acronym/initialism definitions, spelling/grammar/language/syntax, text and media formatting, and reference formatting/accuracy. The total number of errors and estimated time required to fix them will determine an article’s assigned error level.


Why can’t I fix the errors myself?

Cureus aspires to publish the majority of articles for free. In exchange, we expect you to do the heavy lifting and submit largely error-free articles. Other journals may be more permissive, but they require you to surrender copyright or pay thousands of dollars in publication fees. Submit a near-perfectly formatted article and we will waive our Preferred Editing fee. It’s that simple.