Julian’s writing style just helped us get a complex story-line (Patch repair of deep wounds by mobilized fascia – Nature Dec 2019; Vol 576, issue 7786, pages 287-292) across for publication in Nature. We have been working with Julian and with Science Sense for over two years on multiple research articles and grants and we appreciate his strong scientific background, which allows for comprehensible input into the different steps of the writing process. In short, Julian provides tremendous scientific writing support, also within tight scheduled deadlines. For example, for our Nature Cell Biology article (Two succeeding fibroblastic lineages drive dermal development and the transition from regeneration to scarring – NCB, Apr 2018;20(4):422-431) we received explicit notes from the reviewers about how ‘beautifully written’ the manuscript was.
Yuval Rinkevich, Research Director, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Julian’s work certainly ensured that the message of our recent Nature article. 2017 Mar 23;543(7646):564-567 ‘CD32a is a marker of a CD4 T-cell HIV reservoir harbouring replication-competent proviruses’. was clear and unconfused and that it was a pleasant read for the reviewers. No less importantly, Julian’s work allowed us to avoid several comings and goings in the editing process. This was a very constructive collaboration.
Monsef Benkirane, Director of the Institute of Human Genetics of Montpellier, France/Institut de Génétique Humaine (IGH) CNRS-Université de Montpellier (UMR9002)
Julian Venables helped us improve the style and clarity of our article published in Nature Genetics 2016 May;48(5):497-9. ‘Epigenetic germline inheritance of diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance’. We received the edited version back from him within approximately 24 hours – what a great service! His work was particularly helpful in shaping and focusing the letter-to-the-editor. I am convinced that the way he was able to formulate the relevance of our main findings helped us “to get the foot in the door”. I can highly recommend his services. Thank you Julian!
Prof. Dr Johannes Beckers. Exectutive MBA, Deputy Director, Head of Gene Regulation Group
Institute of Experimental Genetics, German Research Center for Environmental Health
Dr Venables rapidly corrected our manuscript that was subsequently published in PNAS. His writing style contributed to the clarity of the message and certainly to its acceptance also. His scientific comments were very helpful even though he is not an expert in the field of inflammation. I greatly appreciated the speediness of his corrections. I think that it is the small changes that really make the difference at the end: a few words here and there, modifications of active/passive form. All of them really clarified our message. I will certainly contact Julian with future papers.
Dr. Yalin EMRE, University of Geneva.
For anybody not a native English speaker, I can highly recommend the services of Dr. Venables. Not only does he turn your text into a readable document, he makes a valuable effort to actually understand what you try to convey to the reader and thus often ameliorates the message significantly.
A passage of your paper across his desk is worth every Euro.
Raymund J. Wellinger Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Telomere Biology And Head
Dept. of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Faculty of Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke
From my experience, the corrections done by Julian Venables, are incredibly good. He is able to not only improve the style of a paper, but also to change the cryptic/complex part of the work in a smooth and easy-to-read sentence, always keeping the original meaning. Julian has an excellent writing capability that, together with his very good scientific background and experience, has really improved the impact of our scientific studies.
I absolutely recommend Julian if you need to correct/improve or give a special “twist” to your scientific studies.
Dr Angela Gallo
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Rome
I have read the corrections done by Julian Venables. His work is remarkable for the style of his writing and the way he keeps the message intact.
If you have documents to perfect in his specific domain or of a more general nature I strongly recommend you contact Julian.
Dr Philippe Fort, group leader, Centre de Recherche de Biochimie Macromoléculaire, Montpellier
I had the occasion to collaborate with Julian during his research career and I have to say it was a real pleasure. Julian is an excellent scientist, blessed with virtuosity in the language of Shakespeare. He is a perfectionist who knows how to simplify ways of expressing thoughts with remarkable precision.
His talent for use of his native tongue permits him to sell our scientific results to the full in order to give them a chance of finishing in a top notch journal. Thus I was pleased to share a publication with him in 2013 (Venables et al., Nat. Commun 2013). As well as this collaboration I can tell you he has also been an ‘anonymous’ author on two other articles from my team which also finished in top journals (Lapasset et al., Genes & Dev 2011; Besnard et al., Nature Struct. Mol. Biol.). He made a major contribution to these papers by putting his proofreading and re-writing skills into action… to explain clearly, but also… to convince the reader. Julian’s contribution was an essential trump card in the exploitation of my team’s results and I hope to have the privilege of collaborating with him on our future grants and publications….
Dr Jean-Marc Lemaitre, Deputy Director
Montpellier Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy
I asked Julian to correct an article that we wanted to submit to ‘Cell’. Julian greatly increased the clarity of the text, but more than that he made it more ‘punchy’ especially the letter to the editor which really ‘hit home’ such that the editor sent our paper for revue, which only happens to 5% of papers submitted to Cell. Julian can really change a text to resonate with and draw in the reader, due to the quality of his translation and his scientific expertise.
Example of text given to him
“Combined with recent data from the literature, our results thus indicate that alternatively spliced p53 transcripts might have opposite outcomes on iPSC reprogramming”.
and the corrected version
“A picture is emerging that the balance of p53 isoforms (with opposite and antagonistic functions during iPSC reprogramming) is dynamically maintained for cell homeostasis. “
Dr Pierre ROUX, group leader, Centre de Recherche de Biochimie Macromoléculaire Montpellier
On Julien. A reading and correction that allowed us to better highlight key points which contributed to the acceptance of our paper.
Dr. Alain Chavanieu, Research Director, Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron, Montpellier