If you’re preparing your research thesis for submission, you might be wondering what kind of help is available to you from an editor.

What is academic editing?

Academic editing is basically a very thorough proofreading of your paper. It includes checking spelling and grammar, and ensuring that your writing conforms to the university or journal’s guidelines.

What can’t an academic editor do?

If you are submitting work to be assessed for editing, academic editors cannot rewrite your text. They cannot rephrase things for you. They can, however, pick up any grammatical or spelling errors (and they creep in without you even realising!) and help out with formatting, including helping with reference styling.

You can see the Institute of Professional Editor’s guidelines for thesis editing here.

If you are writing papers for submissions, editors have a little more leeway to comment on the structure of your work.

Want some more information, or a quote? Contact me to discuss your situation and I’d be happy to talk you through the options.