When seeking to publish a paper in an academic journal, a high standard of English language is essential. If the writing is poor, papers can be rejected before even being sent to an editor. Likewise, some papers will be returned requiring revisions of English language after the review process and will not be accepted to the journal until the English language is clear. We can proofread or copy-edit papers, depending on your requirements, to guarantee they will pass the first stage of submission and ensure they are seen by an editor. We will also ensure your paper meets the journal’s requirements in terms of English language and referencing style.

Proofreading and copy-editing is particularly useful for those submitting papers in English, for whom English is not their first language. In recent years, there has been an increased demand from researchers to publish their findings in English to attract more international attention to their research. For many people, writing in formal English and ensuring to write in the specific style required by academic writing can be very difficult. We can take papers written in poor or colloquial English and convert them into an academic paper of the standard required by journals.  


    If you are submitting a paper for the first time, we can help you achieve first time success by ensuring that you have followed the specific journal and submission rules, and by making sure your paper is of top-quality written English in the style of the relevant field of research.

    All proofreading and copy-editing of academic research papers also includes ensuring that all figures and graphs are correctly labelled and are correctly referred to in the text. Likewise, we also ensure that a specific referencing style is adhered to throughout the text and that all sources are referenced correctly.

    We can work with any style guide, for any journal, and with any referencing style, meeting standards to ensure you have the best chance of publication.

    Proofreading and copy-editing for academic papers starts from £25 per hour. We will discuss with you a fixed quote upon seeing a sample of your work.