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Murray Hay, PhD

Services de révision Maxafeau - Maxafeau Editing Services

849 rue du Père-Champagnat
Chicoutimi, QC G7H 3P5
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I work for you to ensure that your research results are widely read. Combining editing skills and my experience as a researcher, I help prepare journal-ready manuscripts. Je révise vos manuscrits afin de facilier leur passage à travers les étapes de publication. Depuis plusieurs années, je travaille avec des chercheurs francophones afin d'assurer que leurs textes sont bien rédigés en anglais ayant une présentation claire et logique. I also edit funding grant requests prepared for national and international agencies. Bilingual (French/English), I provide comparative revisions of texts originally produced in French that have been translated into English (translated via software or a translator). Je communique avec les auteurs en français ou en anglais.

My academic background is in the earth and biological sciences, mainly in the fields of physical geography, Quaternary geology, marine and freshwater ecology, and paleoenvironments. I hold a BSc (Hons) in geography with a minor in biological sciences (University of Calgary), an MSc in biology (Queen's University, Kingston), and a doctorate in geography (Université Laval, Québec).

As lead or co-author of a dozen peer-reviewed papers in international journals, I am aware of the level and precision of writing required for international science journals. As a former professor and having directed and co-directed a number of graduate students, I have experience with ensuring that scientific results are presented in a clear and concise manner. I have also been a peer reviewer for a number of international scientific journals.

My clients have had their revised manuscripts published in numerous journals, including Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), Journal of Paleolimnology, Journal of Plankton Research, Analytical Chemistry, Marine Ecology - Progress Series, and Boreal Environment Research.

Editorial Skills

  • Bilingual editing
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Conference materials
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Reports, other
  • Theses and dissertations


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Geography
  • Life sciences
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Sciences, general