Proofreading services for academic texts

PhD theses

Impress your supervisor and graduate with a flawless thesis.

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Dissertations

Stand out from your peers with an error-free dissertation that flows well from beginning to end.

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Essays & papers

Boost your marks with a well-structured, clear, and error-free essay.

» Essay editing

Proposals

Secure funding or approval from supervisors with a well-written proposal.

Manuscripts & articles

Improve your chances of publication with a polished manuscript.

Literature reviews

Set the foundation for a great piece of academic writing with a well-written literature review.

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Meet Scribbr’s carefully chosen academic editors

Scribbr’s editors go through a rigorous selection and training process called the Scribbr Academy. Only 5% of applicants are good enough to become qualified editors.

You can rest assured that only the best academic editors will edit your work.

  • Native speakers
  • University graduates
  • Academic writing experts
  • Knowledgeable in various fields of study

Proofreading and editing beyond the basics

Every Scribbr order includes both proofreading and editing. Your editor will make direct changes using Word’s Track Changes feature and provide feedback in comments to help you become a better academic writer. See an editing example.

Language

Your editor will directly correct errors related to:

  • Spelling (e.g., typos and hyphenation)
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar and syntax (e.g., sentence structure and prepositions)

Academic style

They’ll make sure your work meets academic writing standards.

  • Style and tone (e.g., avoiding subjective language and overuse of passive voice)
  • Academic writing conventions (e.g., abbreviations and equations)
  • Consistency (e.g., dialect and style choices)

Feedback & suggestions

They’ll leave thoughtful comments and queries to:

  • Indicate unclear text
  • Suggest improvements
  • Offer general advice

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Your editor will make sure that your document is well organised and contains all the essential elements.

You’ll receive in-text feedback about:

  • Whether or not each individual chapter supports your document’s main goal
  • The organisation and focus of individual chapters and sections
  • Repetitive and redundant information
  • The content and weight of titles and headings
  • The numeration of figures and tables
  • Paragraph structure

You’ll also receive a personalised Structure Check Report meant to help you identify missing elements in each chapter or section and prioritise improvements.

Price

The Structure Check starts at £0.0055 per word and can only be purchased in combination with Proofreading & Editing.

Structure Check

Your editor will make sure that your document is well organised and contains all the essential elements.

You’ll receive in-text feedback about:

  • Whether or not each individual chapter supports your document’s main goal
  • The organisation and focus of individual chapters and sections
  • Repetitive and redundant information
  • The content and weight of titles and headings
  • The numeration of figures and tables
  • Paragraph structure

You’ll also receive a personalised Structure Check Report meant to help you identify missing elements in each chapter or section and prioritise improvements.

Price

The Structure Check starts at £0.0055 per word and can only be purchased in combination with Proofreading & Editing.

Clarity Check

Your editor will help you tell a clear and logical story with feedback on your presentation of concepts and the logic behind your argumentation.

Through in-text comments and the Clarity Check checklists, your editor will:

  • Make sure your text tells a clear and logical story
  • Check that you’ve clearly presented concepts and ideas
  • Comment on the logic behind your argumentation
  • Highlight contradictions within the text

Price

The Clarity Check starts at £0.0055 per word and can only be purchased in combination with Proofreading & Editing.

Formatting

Our formatting experts can format your document according to APA guidelines or customise the format of your document.

APA Style formatting

Your APA formatting expert will make sure all elements in your paper are formatted according to the 7th edition APA Style guidelines.

  • Make margins, line spacing, font, and indentation consistent
  • Set your running head and page numbers
  • Check your headings for consistency
  • Format your title page
  • Format your abstract and keywords
  • Format your footnotes
  • Make sure your tables are formatted consistently

Note that we cannot make changes to the content of your paper.

Price

APA formatting costs £1.00 per page and can only be purchased in combination with Proofreading & Editing.

Customised formatting

Your formatting expert can:

  • Generate an automatic table of contents
  • Generate lists of tables and figures
  • Ensure consistent paragraph formatting
  • Insert page numbering

Price

Customised formatting starts at £0.25 per page per item and can only be purchased in combination with Proofreading & Editing.

Citation Editing

A dedicated citation expert will ensure your in-text citations and reference list meet your style guide’s requirements. This service includes:

  • Applying the correct page formatting (e.g., margins and indentation)
  • Ensuring that your in-text citations and references meet your style guide’s requirements
  • Providing feedback on incomplete in-text citations and reference entries
  • Cross-checking your in-text citations against your reference list to highlight inconsistencies and missing sources

Our experts are familiar with all common citation styles, including Vancouver and APA.

Price

Citation editing costs £2.20 per source and can be purchased separately or in combination with Proofreading & Editing.

Customers rate our proofreading service excellent!

Scribbr’s proofreading and editing services are rated 4.9/5 based on 2,275 reviews on Trustpilot.
4.9
Chris 16 May 2022

Excellent work / cover letter and resume

Excellent work and advice for cover letter and resume. Thank you Diane!

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Francois Niyonsaba 14 May 2022

Extremely satisfied with the edits

Extremely satisfied with the edits, comments and suggestions made!

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Om Gulia 13 May 2022

Work Cited just works

Work Cited just works. Use it for all my school work and it cites properly. Also Free. Everything you want so why wouldn't you use it.

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Carlos Juárez Montilla 11 May 2022

Herramienta muy útil

La he empezado a utilizar ahora pero creo que la voy a seguir usando, es un buen descubrimiento. Es intuitiva y completa

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Gioia 11 May 2022

Soddisfatta

Soddisfatta, team serio e professionale.

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Ki 11 May 2022

Strong

Strong! very powerful and user-friendly when it comes to citing numerous sources.

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M.E. 9 May 2022

Reliable, precise and friendly

I had a great experience and couldn't be happier. It's seriously hard to imagine that such a thorough job was possible in just 3 day. Thanks!

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Sylvia 7 May 2022

Erwartung übertroffen

Der Dienst hat meine Erwartungen übertroffen. Sehr gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis.

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Marcus Haynes 5 May 2022

Excellent feedback for my capstone…

Excellent feedback for my capstone paper with links for learning to be a better writer. I got an "A" on my final report. I've used Scribbr twice, and it has been worth every penny!!

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Kooban Naidoo 4 May 2022

My thanks for out to the Scribbr team…

My thanks for out to the Scribbr team for doing an excellent job on all aspects of my dissertation. The feedback was excellent and clear, allowing me easily fix the areas that needed attention. Good job with fixing my citations and formatting too

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H. F. Chan 29 April 2022

James is an exceptional editor

James is an exceptional editor. Excellent edits, efficient delivery, and useful tips. Scribbr staff are helpful throughout. Worth every penny for PhD students struggling with finalizing their theses.

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Maurica Chablal 28 April 2022

The work done has been very detailed…

The work done has been very detailed and professional and of the standard required. The experts who dealt with my order knew their work and kept me updated and helped me to deal with any outstanding matters that would have ensured that my order was done on time.. The communication was of a high standard and I was extremely happy with the service.

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Sam 28 April 2022

Attentive proofreading and helpful feedback

The editor have really made efforts proofreading my paper and have given suggestions for improving my English writing in the future. The feedback is helpful for me.

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Skye Pardini 28 April 2022

Fantastic service!!

Excellent review of a paper that was deciding my grade. I appreciate both the edits and the feedback to increase my knowledge of correct APA formatting and accurate citations. I needed the paper returned quickly, and the team worked hard to make sure I had what I needed. I just got my grade back, A+. I would 100% use this service again, it was worth every penny!!!!!!

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Iain 26 April 2022

Scribbr is great, don't second guess!

Scribbr is great, I had a long break (9 years) between completing my undergraduate and my postgraduate degree, so was extremely rusty when it came to academic writing. The Scribbr team always give excellent feedback regarding your writing and areas where you can improve. I highly recommend!!

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YAO XIAO 25 April 2022

非常好的修改经历 Una experiencia muy buena

非常好的修改经历,他们真的改的很专业,并且性价比很高:)值得信任。 El corrector es super profesional y os recomiendo 100%. ¡Una plataforma confiable!

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Om Prakash Tripathi 24 April 2022

Quality of work done ie resulting…

Quality of work done ie resulting improvement is par excellent. I would suggest, there should be an interaction by the expert proof reader and the author, to exchange verbal communication with each other.

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Yosra 23 April 2022

I highly recommend their proofreading, editing, and formatting services!

The editors did an amazing job with my thesis editing and formatting. I received thorough and constructive feedback that I will keep in mind for future works. I will definitely use their services again and recommend them to everyone I know. Keep up the good work!

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Gloria 22 April 2022

Have used the service many times and it…

Have used the service many times and it is excellent.

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Fiona 22 April 2022

super Service!

Ich war sehr zufrieden mit den Korrekturen und Feedbacks.

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Why choose Scribbr?

100% happiness guarantee

We aim for 100% happiness. If you’re not satisfied with your edit, we will re-edit your work or give you a refund – that’s a promise!

Authority in academic writing

With over 250 free articles on academic writing and 5 million monthly visitors, the Scribbr Knowledge Base is the starting point for many students writing their papers.

2,000-word sample edit

If your document is longer than 30,000 words, we’ll first provide you with a 2,000-word sample edit to ensure the service meets your expectations.

Excellent reviews

We have an impressive track record, with 2,275 independent Trustpilot reviews and an average score of 4.9. We aim to make you just as satisfied.

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Frequently asked questions

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What type of documents does Scribbr proofread?

Scribbr is specialised in editing study related documents. We check:

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How fast can Scribbr proofread my document?

The fastest turnaround time is 24 hours.

You can upload your document at any time and choose between three deadlines:

  • 24 hours
  • 3 days
  • 7 days
What is Scribbr’s 100% happiness guarantee?

At Scribbr, we promise to make every customer 100% happy with the service we offer. Our philosophy: Your complaint is always justified – no denial, no doubts.

Our customer support team is here to find the solution that helps you the most, whether that’s a free new edit or a refund for the service.

Can I get a sample edit?

Yes, if your document is longer than 30,000 words, you will get a sample of approximately 2,000 words. This sample edit gives you a first impression of the editor’s editing style and a chance to ask questions and give feedback.

How does the sample edit work?

You will receive the sample edit within 24 hours after placing your order. You then have 24 hours to let us know if you’re happy with the sample or if there’s something you would like the editor to do differently.

Read more about how the sample edit works

Can I choose between American, British and Australian English?

Yes, in the order process you can indicate your preference for American, British, or Australian English.

If you don’t choose one, your editor will follow the style of English you currently use. If your editor has any questions about this, we will contact you.

Can I have my document edited during weekends and holidays?

Yes, our editors also work during the weekends and holidays.

Because we have many editors available, we can check your document 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, all year round.

If you choose a 72 hour deadline and upload your document on a Thursday evening, you’ll have your thesis back by Sunday evening!

Can I choose between the 6th and 7th editions of APA Style?

Our APA experts default to APA 7 for editing and formatting. For the Citation Editing Service you are able to choose between APA 6 and 7.

What types of editing does Scribbr offer?

Every Scribbr order comes with our award-winning Proofreading & Editing service, which combines two important stages of the revision process.

For a more comprehensive edit, you can add a Structure Check or Clarity Check to your order. With these building blocks, you can customize the kind of feedback you receive.

You might be familiar with a different set of editing terms. To help you understand what you can expect at Scribbr, we created this table:

Types of editing Available at Scribbr?
Proofreading
Correction of superficial mistakes, such as typos, misspellings, punctuation errors and consistency errors.
Yes!
This is the “proofreading” in Scribbr’s standard service. It can only be selected in combination with editing.
Copy editing
Focus on grammar, syntax, style, tone and the conventions of the field. The editor also considers the internal logic of the text and flags any obvious contradictions.
Yes!
This is the “editing” in Scribbr’s standard service. It can only be selected in combination with proofreading.
Line editing
Focus on language, style, concision and choices. The editor helps you strengthen your story, polish your sentences and ensure that your use of language drives home your ideas.
Yes!
Select the Structure Check and Clarity Check to receive a comprehensive edit equivalent to a line edit.
Developmental editing (i.e. content editing, substantive editing)
This is the first step of the editing process and applies to very early drafts. The editor helps you structure your ideas, decide what story to tell and find direction for your writing.
No.
This kind of editing involves heavy rewriting and restructuring. Our editors cannot help with this.

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