So you have a manuscript ready in Spanish, Portuguese or some other language. And you would like to submit it to an English journal? You don’t want to spend the money on translating it without certainty of your manuscript being accepted for publication? Right, you are not alone. This is a common problem for especially young researchers in many emerging countries. Now here is the solution, and you can get it for free through Peerwith!
Step 1: Machine Translation
At this moment, we offer Machine Translation from Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, German, French and Russian into English FOR FREE. Just send your manuscript by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will return an English version witin 24 hours. No questions asked.
Now is the quality of that English manuscript sufficient to get published in an international impact journal? No, probably not! So don’t claim it is.
Step 2: Pre-check
There are many tools out there that offer automated checks. Our partner Penelope.AI offers one: Penelope – checks academic manuscripts, instantly. Just upload the English manuscript you received in step 1 and try. You will receive a report explaining exactly those things that need to be improved before you can submit. You need to fix those issues first, avoid being rejected for obvious reasons.
Step 3: Submit
That is right, submit! But be clear about the status of your paper. Explain that the original is in a different language, that the English version you submit is the result of Machine Translation and explain that you are prepared to improve the language aspect. You might want to add a link to this post.
The peer-review process is meant to check your manuscript to see if the science is sound and a match with the journal scope that you are submitting it to. Nowadays, a large part of the manuscripts is rejected for obvious reasons (that you can avoid in step 2) or the English language is an easy way out. Make no mistake, the quality after Machine Translation (step 1) is sufficient for any journal editor or peer reviewer to judge on the main aspects of your paper, and if that works out, they most logically require you to fix the English language. By suggesting just that, you are pushing them in the right direction.
Step 4: Minor revision
Don’t expect the journal to accept the manuscript after step 3. They require you to work on a minor revision, specifically the English language. So you would still need to find yourself an Expert that can edit your manuscript, improve the quality and submit that version. We offer peer-to-peer editing services on Peerwith starting at USD 4 cent per word.