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Academic Paper Edits

Editing for
Theses, Dissertations, Journal Articles, & Academic Essays

Improve your paper for an academic audience. We can help with clarity, sentence structure, and grammar or can suggest large-scale revisions–tell me what you need! This service can include references and formatting, as well. 


Copyediting and proofreading for theses, dissertations, journal articles, application materials, and even short reflective or analytical papers. 

When you book our services, you’ll tell us what you need help with: 

  • clarity and readability,
  • grammar,
  • title pages and tables of contents,
  • MLA, APA, or Chicago styles, or 
  • specific feedback from a professor. 
Our editing slots tend to fill up several weeks in advance. Sometimes we do have last-minute cancellations, but generally, we recommend booking a month in advance. We periodically update our availability on our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

We charge a flat rate of $41 per hour for any level of editing. (This helps us avoid confusion about the types of editing.)

We edit between 2000 and 3500 words an hour, depending on what your paper needs. Before beginning, we’ll ask for a sample of your paper and a to-do list from you. With that, we’ll give you a price quote. The price quote includes how long we expect to spend on your paper in addition to the absolute maximum amount we’ll charge you.

We offer a cut-rate to students. If you’re a student paying for your own academic project, we charge $36 per hour (a discount of $5 per hour).

Plan one week for every 35,000 words, or approximately every 100 pages. In other words, if your paper is 150 pages, you can expect it back in your inbox within 10 days. 

If your paper is very short (less than 20 pages), I can have it back to you within two days!

We may be able to help you, if we can find some extra childcare! If you need your paper edited more quickly than is typical (see “When should I expect my paper back?”), please specify your deadline in your contact form. Rush editing costs $60 per hour. 

Note that we charge rush editing rates if our schedule is full and your paper requires us to work overtime. Booking ahead can solve that problem, though we understand that advance notice isn’t always possible.

Sometimes the most difficult part of an academic paper is formatting it per university and formatting manual guidelines. I can create the front matter for dissertations (including the title page and table of contents), or I can proofread your citations, references page, or both.

This usually costs between $90 and $300, depending on what you’d like done. 

Of course! Academic papers can be overwhelming. 

 If you’d like more one-on-one help from me, please check out my Live Sessions. Or, book an appointment with your university writing center. Writing tutors are trained to help you with big-picture edits–for free!

If it’s a really big project, please give us as much advance notice as possible. 

If you’d like me to edit a chapter at a time, that’s doable! Just let me know. Or, if you’d like me to read the same paper multiple times, I can do that, too! I enjoy working with a paper from start to finish.

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Areas We've Worked With:

  • Higher Education
  • Social Work
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Art History
  • Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Economics 
  • Finance
  • Genetics
  • Leadership & Management
  • Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science
  • Freshman English
  • College Personal Statements
  • Law School Personal Statements and Applications
  • Med School Personal Statements and Applications

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