Academic Editing

Students in many college-level programs, especially graduate students, are allowed—and, in some cases, even required—to have their papers professionally edited. When you’ve finished revising for content and broad structural issues, I can polish your work so your research, ideas, and expertise will shine.

Academic Disciplines I Work With:

  • social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, archaeology, history, and linguistics)
  • humanities (e.g. literature and philosophy)
  • allied health sciences (e.g. physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, and rehabilitation counseling)

What I Do:

Stylistic Editing:

  • Fine tuning the rhythm of the language and ensuring that each paragraph runs smoothly. [I do not generally edit to improve organization beyond the paragraph level.]
  • Editing for clarity and ensuring that language, including use of jargon, is appropriate to your intended audience.
  • Improving sentence structure.
  • Editing for careful word choice and to eliminate repetitive wording.


  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Correct word usage
  • Consistency in presentation of numbers, hyphenation, and abbreviations
  • Correct use of citations and bibliographic entries

I make these revisions while preserving the meaning, voice, and style of your paper. I also prepare a style sheet documenting decisions about style and format and query apparent errors or inconsistencies.

What I Don’t Do: Content editing, including extensive fact-checking, or substantive structural editing of academic papers.

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