Professional Academic Editing Services

A professional editor can help turn a rejection into an acceptance…

If you need great professional academic editing services by someone familiar with your field and with academic English, you have come to the right place. Not only will your document be revised to the highest standard of quality, but your text will also be clearer and more concise. No one will read your academic article, thesis or other academic text as closely as your editor! She or he must understand your meaning in every sentence and make your ideas clearer to the reader. If a journal editor or peer reviewer cannot understand your English, they will most likely just reject your article.

Dr. Naomi Nascimento, professional linguist

Naomi Nascimento, PhD, LLB

The main theme of my life has been learning and teaching others. I have four degrees in four different areas: Mechanical Engineering (B.S.), Law (LLB), Physics (M.S.) and Linguistics (Ph.D.). I have taught physics, mathematics, English as a Second Language and Translation. Originally from the United States, I am currently residing in São Paulo, Brazil. I have been a professional translator and editor since 1999.

Have you hired an editor or proofreader before and had poor results? Or submitted your article to a journal without editing and been rejected? Entrust your texts to Research Write! I have 20 years of professional experience, translating and editing texts in an enormous variety of fields, plus academic and industry experience.

Testimonial

It was great to be able to rely on your editing for my thesis. You were both attentive to all the small details and discerning when correcting my writing, asking good questions and providing suggestions. You even taught me some grammar and provided some resources that will be useful for future texts. — Margareth, researcher

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Academic Editing Services

1. How much do professional academic editing services cost, in general?

Prices vary, depending on the editor’s expenses (taxes, office, cost of living in their city). However, you are unlikely to obtain professional editing services at a very low price. Look at it from the editor’s perspective: would you work for the same pay as an unskilled laborer? Would you entrust your hard work to an editor who accepted such low pay?

2. How long does professional academic editing take?

A professional editor revises about 4000 to 6000 words a day, depending on how many hours she works each day. Of course, an editor may have 2 or more jobs waiting to be edited and cannot necessarily look at your text first. Contact me as soon as you know what your deadline is and when your text will be ready.

3. Can you start editing before I finish writing the text?

Yes! In fact, it makes sense for each section to be edited as you write. If I receive the entire article at once, I might then have to correct the exact same error 100 times. If I first edit the methodology section, for example, and send it back with corrections, you can then incorporate the correction into the next sections you write. You learn from the edits and pay less for the later sections because the error is already corrected.

4. Do you need to know where the journal article or thesis will be published?

A journal article must comply with the journal’s guidelines (see an example from Elsevier), and these guidelines specify a required referencing system (Harvard, MLA, Chicago, APA, etc.). The English dialect must also usually match the country of the journal (e.g. UK English for a journal in the UK), or the dialect must at least be consistent. Universities also have guidelines for theses. I can make sure your article follows these guidelines.

5. How can I improve my text before you edit it?

a) Be more concise, and write shorter sentences

Native speakers like to read short English sentences. And foreigners do too! In general, English sentences should start with a subject, then an active verb, then the rest of the sentence, which should not go over 30 words. Sometimes, authors whose native languages are romance languages—such as Italian and Portuguese—like to create long, complex sentences. This may be beautiful in romance languages, but it is considered poor style in English. Consequently, I will have to untangle the long sentences and break them up into digestible parts. Save your time and write short sentences from the beginning!

b) Avoid the passive, use real subjects and active verbs

In romance languages, academic writers are taught that they should avoid saying we/I in academic texts. Thus, they write all sentences in the passive, bending over backward with awkward syntax to avoid we/I. Then, when I edit the text, I routinely convert all sentences into the active voice and insert we/I or a subject. In modern Academic English, using the passive is frequently considered old-fashioned or poor style. Make it easier on both of us and write your text in the active voice. If you are unsure, look at your references, especially the ones written by native speakers of English. Do they use the passive, or we/I? This can depend on the field.

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