Academic Editing Services

Write better journal articles, books, dissertations, job applications, and grant & fellowship proposals.

Graduate Students

We offer top-quality academic editing and proofreading services for graduate student papers, essays, master's theses, and dissertations.


Get developmental editing, manuscript evaluations, copyediting, and proofreading for academic manuscripts, including articles, essays, and single- and multi-authored books.

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Hire Current & Former Professors

Our academic editors have master’s degrees and PhDs from top universities. We have decades of experience in publishing and certificates in editing from the most renowned programs.

Hear from Our Clients

Fellow academics who have worked with us share their experiences.

Tracy Stonestreet
Assistant Professor, Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar

“I was extremely impressed with the attention my project received, both in written comments and in my one-hour session with my editor! Leslie provided thoughtful, thorough, and actionable feedback. She worked through both the big ideas and the small writing tics, helping me see where I could easily improve my project. She was also very friendly and open, and seemed genuinely interested in my success. I would recommend this service to anyone who needs to get their writing to the next level.”

Ana Perry
Assistant Professor, Art History, Oberlin College

“The manuscript assessment I received from Katherine was incredibly helpful and so generous. I am grateful to have had someone read my work so closely and to come up with practical paragraph by paragraph strategies for how to make my argument clearer as well as how to address big picture issues. The comments were clearly articulated in such a way that held my own writing accountable to the goals I claimed to put forward. Katherine also showed a breadth of knowledge of theorists like José Esteban Muñoz and was able to help strategize more effect use of theory throughout my text. While this was definitely an investment, the price is fair for the work especially if you are looking to get your writing to a broader audience and better place. I would 100% recommend these services to my friends and colleagues.”

Lee Ann Custer
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

“Wonderful! Working with Cara and her team is such a breeze. Cara is very responsive and Jennifer Farned’s turnaround time was so fast. Having a professional editor copyedit my work gave me the confidence (as a junior scholar) to get my work out the door. It was also especially helpful to be able to utilize these services to keep my writing goals on track while teaching full time.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! We offer special manuscript editing rates and services, and we also help graduate students with job, grant, and fellowship applications!

More than likely yes! But we do assess rush fees for tight schedules, especially if we have to rearrange other projects to accommodate it.

We ensure full confidentiality for all of our clients’ personal details and the contents of the projects we work on. All of our editors sign strict privacy agreements.

Yes, we perform sample edits on approx. 500-800 words from the middle of the manuscript within the first 48 hours after receipt of the manuscript and after the client has signed an agreement with us. At this time, you can review the editor’s work and give them feedback for the rest of the project, if necessary.

Academic Editing

Why Academics Need Editing

Academic editing is a specialized service for students, researchers, and professors at universities and other scholarly institutions. Academic writers typically produce course papers, journal articles, dissertations and theses, and single- and multi-author books for university presses and scholarly publishers. This work is often distinguished from other types of nonfiction because it undergoes peer review.

Scholars speak a special language and need to convey strong ideas to advance their fields. Whether you need help developing a strong argument or cleaning up a manuscript for publication, we’re here to assist with high-quality editing at a fast turnaround and unlimited availability.

Our academic editors have PhDs in various subject areas, as well as specialized training and/or years of experience as professors at top universities across the United States. Many of our editors are current and former professors; some have even been department chairs.

Our professional editors help authors in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to the following fields:

Art History

Cultural Studies & Anthropology


Film & Media Studies

History & History of Science

Languages & Literature


Political Science


Race, Gender, & LGBTQ+ Studies


Theatre & Performance

Manuscript Editing

Developmental / Structural Editing

Developmental editing will help you shape the content of your document so that your contribution takes center stage. Our developmental editors have served as managing editors of academic journals and published widely. We can help you shape the argument, evidence, organization, and flow of your manuscript.

Line / Stylistic Editing

Line editing is used to address the style of your writing so that it has maximal impact. Our line editors are experts at the craft of writing and have published widely themselves. We can help you maintain a consistent tone, improve word choice, identify text to be cut/pruned or expanded upon, and write clear sentences in native English.


Copyediting involves a rinse of your manuscript, with attention to grammar, punctuation, and mechanics (i.e., conforming it to house style or manual like the Chicago Manual of Style). Whether you’re a novice or experienced writer, this service will ensure that you deliver a clean document to your respective publisher, journal editor, or advisory committee.


Proofreading is the final stage in the publication process and is reserved for minor typos and consistency between manuscript sections on page proofs. By the time you are ready for a proofread, your manuscript should have already gone through a content (developmental) edit and a copyedit. This service will ensure that your manuscript is publication-ready.


Coaching is intended for clients who are still writing or strategizing their content. Each session includes up to one hour of reading/research (e.g., reading a book chapter or manuscript). It does not include editing of the manuscript itself (see other services below).

Service Details

One session, $225; six sessions, $1,215; twelve sessions, $2,430

Note that the rates for developmental editing do not include front/back matter or citations/bibliographies.

Service Details

Manuscript Assessment
Report + Call
$0.05/word (up to 50k words); $0.04/word (50k words and up)

Full Developmental Edit
Draft markup + Report + Call
$0.07/word (up to 50k words); $0.06/word (50k words and up)

Graduate Student Manuscript Assessment
Report + Call

Book Proposal Evaluation
Report + Draft markup + Call

Job Application Document Evaluation 
Cover letters, statements, proposals
<1,000 words: $100
1,001-1,500 words: $150
1,501-2,000 words: $200
2,0001-2,500 words: $250
2,501-3,000 words: $300

Note that the rates for developmental editing do not include front/back matter or citations/bibliographies.

Note that the rates for line editing do not include front/back matter or citations/bibliographies. Minimum purchase $100. Per-word rates begin at 3,001 words.

Service Details

Line Edit
Improve word choice and syntax of sentences; address overall flow of writing; ensure consistent voice and tone
$0.06/word (up to 50k words); $0.05/word (50k words and up)

Graduate Student Line Edit
Improve writing style, sentence structure/flow, and tone for dissertations and theses (only one editorial pass included).

Short-Form Line Editing
For short documents (e.g., blog posts, short essays, proposals, cover letters)
<1,000 words: $100
1,001-1,500 words: $150
1,501-2,000 words: $200
2,001-2,500 words: $250
2,501-3,000 words: $300

Minimum purchase $100. Per-word rates begin at 3,001 words.

Service Details

Light Copyedit
Correct grammar and punctuation, apply style guide to text and citations

Medium Copyedit
Correct grammar and punctuation; improve word choice or voice; apply style guide to text and correct citations

Heavy Copyedit
Correct language, grammar, and punctuation; reformat text; apply style guide to text; overhaul citations

Grad Student Copyedit
Correct grammar and punctuation and apply a style guide to text and citations on dissertations and theses (only one editorial pass included). Proof of enrollment required.

Short-Form Copyediting
For short documents (e.g., blog posts, short essays, proposals, cover letters)
<1,000 words: $100
1,001-1,500 words: $150
1,501-2,000 words: $200
2,001-2,500 words: $250
2,501-3,000 words: $300

One of the last stages in publishing academic and nonfiction books, but also the stage requiring special expertise. Priced per indexable page (PDF page proofs only; count includes body text/foot- or endnotes/illustrations/appendices but does not include front/back matter/bibliography)

Minimum project budget $200.

Service Details

Basic Proofread
$0.03 per word

Apply style to foot/endnotes and/or bibliography (CMoS, APA, MLA, others)
$1.50/citation (not per note)

Convert biblio <-> notes
$2.50/note citation

Manuscript Formatting
Correcting layout issues, including front matter, pagination, figures and tables, headings, and page margins according to a style guide (e.g., CMoS, APA, or university guidelines)

Additional Services

Graduate Students

Special services and rates for PhD and masters students


For academic jobs, fellowships, grants, and more

Book Proposals

Evaluations for authors submitting to university presses


For academic writing and job interviews

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