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About San Francisco Edit

Thank you for your interest in San Francisco Edit. In this section, you will learn about who we are, what we do, why we are different, and why you should use San Francisco Edit. Many of our clients have expressed their positive experience with San Francisco Edit in testimonials.

Who We Are


Paul Kretchmer, Ph.D., Founder and Managing Director

Dr. Paul Kretchmer is a founder and managing director of the Company. Dr. Kretchmer has held leadership roles with the U.S. State Department and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was the Director of Science and Technology at Vitafort International, founder and CEO of The Learning Cube, COO of World Ready Software, and founder and CEO of LightHawk International. Over the course of his career, he has assessed business opportunities, directed strategic development, and negotiated relationships with partner companies. He has written, edited, and developed documents, white papers, and manuals for Chevron Products Company, MetLife, MFS/Sun Life Financial, Goldman Sachs, NutraSweet, and other Fortune 1000 companies. Dr. Kretchmer also has written a number of business plans for small to medium-sized companies. Dr. Kretchmer has authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers on his own research and edited hundreds of scientific manuscripts for scientists from around the world.

Dr. Kretchmer was a lecturer at Cornell University, a visiting professor at the Peruvian Agricultural University and the Ecuadorian National University, and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Kretchmer was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Foreign Service and has extensive international experience in many countries. He is fluent in Spanish and has consulted and conducted seminars in the United States and overseas. He received a M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Piedad Blanco, Founder and Managing Editor

Ms. Piedad Blanco is a founder and managing editor of San Francisco Edit. Since 1990, she has edited several hundred manuscripts for the U.S. State Department, Universities, and scientists from around the world. She has given seminars and led training sessions for non-native English-speaking people to learn to present and write in English. In addition, Ms. Blanco has collaborated on writing projects with a number of governments and scientists throughout the world in translating and editing manuscripts. Ms. Blanco is also a California State Certified Interpreter.

Ms. Blanco was a Fullbright Scholar at SUNY Albany in New York where she studied for her Masters Degree in English.


Our editors are native English speakers and have advanced degrees from institutions including the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of California at San Diego, New York Medical College, Rutgers University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other leading universities.

The editors at San Francisco Edit will edit, polish, and proofread any type of document in any field. Editors are M.D. and Ph.D. scientists with considerable experience in writing and editing manuscripts submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Each has written and reviewed grant proposals and scientific manuscripts, and most have published original research articles in peer-reviewed professional journals.

We specialize in editing and proofreading scientific manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. We edit in both US and UK English.

We also edit and proofread:

  • Books
  • Grant Applications
  • White Papers
  • Academic and Non-academic Manuscripts
  • Owner Manuals
  • Marketing Collateral
  • Advertising Material
  • Reference Guides
  • Consumer Documentation
  • Websites
  • Training Manuals
  • Business Documents
  • We have extensive experience in interacting and engaging with referees of top tier journals. See our testimonials.
  • The principals have conducted scientific research and have published their own results in leading journals.
  • We know the process.
  • The principals and some of the staff have worked outside the United States with scientific investigators and published collaborative research in top-tier English-language journals.
  • We have experts who are knowledgeable about and at the forefront of the current research literature and can put your paper in context of the leading work in the field.
  • Our success rate is excellent.  98 percent of the papers we have edited were accepted and published.
  • The principals have conducted scientific research and have published their own results in leading journals.
  • The principals have more than 60 years of combined experience in publishing and editing documents for peer-reviewed academic journals. They also have experience in writing, editing, and proofreading grant applications, manuscripts, professional manuals, marketing material, and other documentation.
  • Our staff has more than 325 years combined experience writing, editing and proofreading academic and non-academic manuscripts.

San Francisco Edit

    • provides the highest quality work available.
    • has a substantial team of thoroughly trained editors and writers.
    • can respond to projects of any size with as many people as needed.
    • has a diverse scientific and technical experience.

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