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academic editing

I can copy edit and/or proofread your journal article, research thesis, assignment, presentation or essay.

Whether you have spoken English all your life, or you are still learning, I can help you express your ideas clearly in English.

Journal articles

I can copy edit and/or proofread your paper according to the required style, for example, APA 6, Harvard, Chicago, IEEE or the journal’s own style. During copy editing, I will:

  • make sure that your work follows the conventions of formal, academic writing
  • remove errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and word use
  • make sure that numbers, units of measure, symbols and abbreviations are used appropriately
  • edit citations and reference lists to the required style
  • check for errors in formatting – margins, headings, font, spacing, page numbers, headers, footers, captions and lists.

 
I’ll also check that you have used Australian, UK or US English, as required. If you are writing for Australian readers, I refer to the Macquarie Dictionary for spelling and word use. Please let me know if you need to refer to a specific dictionary.

Research theses

Your research thesis is the result of years of work. During this time you have read and re-read your manuscript many times and made numerous changes. Whenever changes are made, errors can occur, but when you are familiar with the text it is difficult to spot mistakes and omissions. A professional editor can copy edit and/or proofread your thesis to make sure that your work is presented in clear English, in the correct format and free of errors.

Guidelines

The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) has developed guidelines for editors working on research theses. These guidelines were approved by the Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies, now the Australian Council of Graduate Research Inc. (ACGR). Students and supervisors can view the Guidelines for editing research theses here.

Copy editing theses

During copy editing, I will:

  • make sure your work follows the conventions of formal, academic writing
  • remove errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and word use
  • make sure that numbers, units of measure, symbols and abbreviations are used appropriately
  • edit citations and reference lists to the required style (for example, APA 6, Harvard, Chicago or IEEE)
  • edit in the format your university requires (for example, in MS Word or on hard copy)
  • check for errors in formatting – margins, headings, font, spacing, page numbers, headers, footers, captions and lists.

 

Proofreading theses

Proofreading is a final, detailed check before printing, to remove minor errors and make sure all parts of your document are in the correct order. You may choose to have your work proofread only. Proofreading can also be done after copy editing has been completed, to check that all changes have been made correctly and no new errors have been introduced.

Academic assignments, essays and presentations

Professional copy editing and/or proofreading will make sure your work is free from distracting errors in spelling, grammar, word use, punctuation and formatting.

After you’ve read and re-read your own work many times, it’s easy to overlook spelling errors, incorrect words, awkward line spacing, inconsistent heading styles or sections that are repeated or omitted. I can examine your work with fresh eyes and find those errors that you might not notice. I also make sure that your writing has a suitable academic tone and your in-text citations and reference list are edited to the required style.

I use MS Word’s Track Changes tool to note changes and make comments for you. I will return your document as two files: one version showing suggested changes marked up on the text, and a second, clean copy showing how the document would look with all changes taken in.

ESL (English as a second language) students

English is my first language. I am both a professional editor and a trained teacher, and I am familiar with the types of errors that ESL students often make. I can point out these errors and provide examples to help you avoid similar mistakes in future.

When I edit your work, I look for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and word use, and I make suggestions to help you:

  • use formal, academic English
  • express your ideas clearly
  • remove unnecessary words
  • link sentences and paragraphs
  • choose the correct English word to convey your meaning.

 
When you hand in work that is written in clear English, your lecturer or tutor can focus on the ideas you have expressed.

Native speakers of English

If you are a native speaker of English, your writing can still benefit from the skills of a professional editor.

I’m trained to find errors that you might miss in spelling, punctuation, grammar and word use. I also look for formatting errors such as uneven line spacing; unsuitable page breaks; incorrect font or type size; inconsistent margins; errors in headings, headers and footers; incorrect or missing page numbers and more.

I can help you to:

  • achieve a formal, academic tone in your writing
  • express your ideas clearly
  • identify words that may be used incorrectly
  • link sentences and paragraphs
  • use appropriate words to convey your meaning.

 
Professional editing will make sure your document is error-free and well presented.

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