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Lost in academic translation? 10 FAQs.

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

If you're an academic, university professor or researcher in Spain, you understand the importance of sharing your work with a global, English-speaking audience. But let's face it, bridging the language gap in the academic realm can be something of a minefield, leaving you lost in academic translation. That's where we come in! Here, we answer your burning questions about our scientific and academic translation service.


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1. Why do I need an academic translation service?


Research is published in many languages, but English is undoubtedly the lingua franca of the research community. A professional academic translator can help you translate your research into English, making it easier for you to share your work and findings across borders and exchange information with your international peers.


2. Can you handle specialised fields of study?


Absolutely! We've worked with a wide range of disciplines, from health sciences to philosophy to law... and everything in between! We're well versed in the finer points of scientific and academic terminology and writing. We don't just translate words, we capture the essence of your work, ensuring that your ideas resonate in English just as they do in Spanish.


3. What's the turnaround time for a translation project?


The turnaround time depends on the complexity and length of the text, but we can usually deliver a standard journal article of less than 10,000 words within two weeks. And it's often much quicker than that! We understand that you're working to tight deadlines and aim to meet these without compromising on quality.


4. How do you calculate the cost of translation?


Our pricing is competitive and transparent (see our Services section for more information). We'll send you a customised quote after reviewing your text, taking into account factors like word count, complexity and your specific needs.


5. How do you ensure that my text meets the specific requirements of the target journal or publisher?


Our first step is always to look at the journal's author guidelines and/or style guide and work from there. These typically outline any language, stye and submission requirements. We can translate texts into British or American English, depending on the journal's requirements or your own preferences.


6. Is confidentiality guaranteed?


Absolutely! We take confidentiality very seriously. Your research, academic papers, findings and sensitive data are treated with the utmost discretion. Your work will be safe and secure in our hands.


7. Do you also offer proofreading and editing services?


We do ineed! We offer proofreading and editing services for texts written in English or already translated into English from Spanish. We'll revise and polish your work, making sure it's ready for publication in your target journal.


8. What's it like to work with you?


Working with us is like having an extra member on your team. Our process is very collaborative and we'll work closely with you, particularly on the more specialised and technical aspects of your subject matter. You can expect rapid responses to your enquires and clear communication at all times. Our aim is to build a long-term partnership with you, so each project is treated individually and given our full attention.


9. Can you provide references or samples of your work?


We've helped many university professors and researchers in Spain publish their work in high-impact journals and successfully reach a global English-speaking audience. To get a feel for what it's like to work with us, check out the testimonials and portfolio sections on our website.


10. I'm keen to work with you. How can I reach out to you for a quote?


Getting in touch with us is easy! Simply use our online form or email us at hello@melanguagesolutions.com. You're just a couple of clicks away from sharing your research with an international, English-speaking audience.


So there you have it - the answers to a few frequently asked questions about our academic and scientific translation service. If you're looking to extend the reach of your research and make a global impact, we're here to help. Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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