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New AI editing tool for science publishers hints at what’s coming …

We don’t cover science publishing – it’s simply too specialized a field – but occasionally we spot an innovation that shows clearly what’s coming downstream for mainstream publishers. In this instance, an AI engine that technically edits manuscripts in real-time.

Editage, a scientific editing brand of CACTUS, has launched an advanced AI engine, Digital Editing, to help researchers make accurate, high-quality pre-submission language and technical edits for scientific manuscripts in less than five minutes.

Powered by PaperPal, the engine uses machine learning algorithms to identify language and technical errors in manuscripts and provides intuitive suggestions to help authors improve their submission quality.

The new tool is trained on 2.5 million editor hours and over three billion words of academic text to ensure that technical aspects of papers, like subject-specific terminology, units of measurement, and equations are edited accurately in less time.

Unlike other online grammar checkers and language editing tools such as Grammarly, Digital Editing is made specifically for scientific content and therefore, is more sensitive to the nuances of academic language and style. While the technology is currently not available outside scientific publishing it provides a powerful pointer at the AI publishing tech rapidly coming onto the market.

Abhishek Goel, Co-Founder and CEO of science communications and technology company, CACTUS, says, “Digital Editing provides rapid alternative suggestions to language, grammar, readability, and stylistic errors to help authors refine submissions and improve their chances of securing publication. The machine learning tool will also detect plagiarism and fix technical issues according to standard journal guidelines, lowering researchers’ editing workloads and saving significant time in the review process.”

Digital Editing is currently being used by more than 40 leading scholarly publishers and societies. This includes Wolters Kluwer, The Royal Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Emerald Publishing, and Institute of Physics (IOP).