What types of texts do I proofread, proof-edit and copy-edit for academics?
Academic proofreading has been the main area of my work to date. I have extensive experience in proofreading, proof-editing and copy-editing the following types of texts for academics:
- journal articles for submission to peer-reviewed international journals
- conference papers
- book chapters
- academic, multiple-author edited collections
- grant applications
Which academic service do you need?
I have tried to define what proofreading, proof-editing and copy-editing are, but if you are still unclear about what work you’d like to be done on your text, just send it to me and I can advise you. So far, I’ve found that almost all texts that are sent to me require both copy-editing and proofreading, and many people ask for these to be done at the same time (a proof-edit).
Specialist areas of work
The majority of my work to date has been in humanities and social sciences subjects, but I also work in other academic subject areas. I am quick to pick up on technical language and the style of writing that’s being used, but when I feel that it would be beneficial to check something with you, I’ll email you to find out what your preferences are about a particular word or phrasing, for example a term that is used frequently throughout the text that seems ambiguous or unclear. If you think it needs changing, I’ll suggest alternatives. This kind of communication helps me to produce the most accurate text possible and avoids you wasting time grappling with some of the language issues on your own.
I have a legal background, so I am comfortable with all Law-related content. Other areas of special interest are English Literature and History (both of these were my degree subjects). You will see on my Portfolio page, though, that I work across a very wide range of subjects.
English as a second language
If your second or third language is English, you should feel confident that I’m familiar with the types of issues that may crop up in your text, because a large proportion of my work is for clients like you.
If you wish, I can check that the language used in your text complies with any style guide that you are following. I have worked with lots of different style guides so I’m familiar with the types of requirements that are set out in them.
You can also have a look at my testimonials page to see what some of my clients have said about my work.