Academic Editing

The most sought-after service I provide is academic copyediting. I have worked as a research academic for ten years in the fields of social and linguistic anthropology and I am also editorially trained. My passion for language is demonstrated by my having published several texts on the social consequences of language standardization and minority language activism.

I offer the following three levels of editing:

Heavy
  • detailed comments to improve the structure and style of your work
  • tips on how to best organise your work
  • significant changes made to many sentences with the aim of presenting your ideas as clearly as possible
  • normally completed as a separate round before a final copyedit
  • sometimes called a developmental/structural edit
Medium

Note: This is the most popular service I provide

  • checking grammar and technical aspects of language
  • ensuring your ideas are communicated clearly and consistently
  • ensuring your work is written in a consistent and appropriate style and voice
  • consistent formatting, using the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) style guide or any other guide you require
  • sometimes called copyediting, or at the heavier end of medium: line- or style- editing
  • the final product will be of publishable quality with professional printing presses/academic journals
Light
  • checking grammar and technical aspects of language
  • ensuring your ideas are communicated clearly and consistently
  • consistent formatting, using the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) style guide or any other guide you require
  • sometimes called light copyediting
  • the final product will be of a suitable quality for assessed student theses/dissertations etc.

Please note the following ethical guidelines regarding academic texts:

  • for assessed texts, e.g. theses, dissertations and coursework, I will need written permission from your supervisor, with the depth of permitted revisions clearly defined. Editors Canada have written a great summary of ethical practice in this domain and these are guidelines that I follow.
  • for texts to be published, I offer manuscript critique, line-editing and copyediting. If I believe the work a text requires constitutes a claim to co-authorship, I will not undertake the project. I do not offer ghostwriting services of any kind.