Author George Orwell wrote:
“Good prose is like a window pane.”

Editor Antonia Morton says:
“Good editing is like a squirt of Windex.”

Editing: For Academics

Combining style and substance

Your research is sound, your bibliography is extensive, and you know your field inside out. Still, it's tough to pull all your ideas together into a coherent document, and to make sure that your citations are all watertight. This is especially difficult if English isn’t your first language.

That’s where we can help. Whether you’re a professor looking to clean up a paper or a book for publication, or a grad student with a thesis or dissertation that needs work, we make sure that:

  • your text says exactly what you mean it to say
  • your spelling and phrasing are correct and consistent
  • your tables and charts are formatted in a readable way
  • your citations, references, footnotes, and bibliography conform to the style your university uses (APA, MLA, Chicago, or other)
  • your writing sounds fluid and natural.

We also help you pack more content into your word count. If you’ve reached the length limit but don’t feel you’ve covered all you have to say, we trim your text so you can expand your ideas. We can usually shorten a document by 10–30%, with no loss of content, just by streamlining your writing and eliminating any redundancy.

Our strength is helping writers to repurpose papers for popular publication. We rephrase stiff and formal “academic” text to be more approachable and readable.

We’ve edited material on a diverse array of topics, but the subject areas we know best are the arts – particularly literature and history – and the “soft” sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, economics, politics, etc.

Note that professional editors are aware of the ethical implications of students hiring our services. As long-time members of the Editors’ Association of Canada, we follow its guidelines for editing theses and dissertations.

For more on how we help you “publish or perish”:

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