I am a amateur biotech enthusiast not affiliated with any university or institution. I recently wrote a Review article about animals that are (more) resistant to cancer (blind mole rats, naked mole rats, elephants, bowhead whales, etc). I want to publish it in a peer-reviewed oncology journal, but before this, where can I find someone to proofread this article for free?

  • If you plan to do this more than once I would suggest you contact a university/institute near you, send them the article (not to proofread but as an example of your work) and ask them if they could imagine to work and publish together in the future (and maybe starting with this article).
    – asquared
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 6:47
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    Which kind of proofreading are you looking for? technical or linguistic?
    – Yacine
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 6:49
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    You lost me, and most qualified proofreaders, at "for free." Unless you have a close friend who is qualified to proofread your paper, you should expect to pay.
    – Bob Brown
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 14:11

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If you're interested in submitting the article to the scientific community then it does not only need proof reading but also specialist editing. The scientific community relies on the process of peer review to ensure that the information published is factually accurate and contributes to the spectrum of accumulated knowledge.

If you feel that your review article does fit these criteria then it may be worth getting in touch with someone at your local university and run it by them. They'll be able to give you some hands-on guidance with your article.


You might want to start by using Grammarly it's free and it will help you clean up passive voice, proper structure, etc... the paid upgrade is very reasonable too.

If that does not work, you will definitely get a "proof-reading" when you submit for peer review. I would suggest that you start by submitting your work for presentation at an appropriate academic conference. If your abstract is accepted you will be granted the chance to present your work to others interested in the same area. Then foster some relationships and ask if they would be willing to help you out. In some cases they might ask for authorship on the paper so be prepared for that sort of answer.

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