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When it comes to academic writing, putting your ideas on paper is only the first step. You also need to strike the right tone, build convincing arguments, and follow the conventions of your field.

Luckily, we’re here to help! Our team of academic editors help you express your ideas and respect the rules of academic writing, so that you can hand in your essay or dissertation with confidence.

We can edit any academic or study-related document, with 100% happiness guaranteed.

 

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Proofreading & Editing service


Take your academic writing to the next level with our award-winning Proofreading & Editing service. The entire process is quick, confidential and hassle-free.

Following the Scribbr Improvement Model, our editors correct all language errors and polish your style, ensuring that your paper meets academic standards.

 

Professional academic editorsUK proofreading editors

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

All our editors complete the Scribbr Academy, our comprehensive training program.

 

What will your editor do?

When you select our Proofreading & Editing service, your editor will correct mistakes and provide in-text feedback using Word’s track changes and comments. You’ll also get personalised advice to help you become a better academic writer.

Language Academic style Feedback
Spelling

Typos, spelling mistakes, hyphenation errors and other simple mistakes.

Style and tone

Taboo words, subjective language, inflated and redundant phrases, and overuse of the passive voice.

Queries

Editors leave queries when the meaning is unclear and when you have to make a style- or content-related choice.

Grammar and syntax

Word order, sentence structure, verb tenses, agreement, prepositions, articles and more.

Academic writing conventions

Acronyms, abbreviations, numbers, equations and Latin abbreviations.

In-text tips and suggestions

Editors use comments to explain nuanced grammatical rules, suggest improvements and offer general advice.

Punctuation

Periods, commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, quotation marks, etc.

Consistency

Consistency in English dialect and in style choices.

Personal note

You receive a personalised letter from the editor and an overview of your most common mistakes.

Every Scribbr order includes both proofreading and editing. If you’d like a more comprehensive edit, you can also select additional services for your order.

For example, if you’d like line editing, simply combine our standard service with a Structure Check and Clarity Check. We make it easy for you to customize the feedback you receive.

 

How much does it cost?

Our basic rates start from £0.013 per word. You can calculate the exact price based on your deadline and requirements.

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Structure Check


When you order a Structure Check, as well as proofreading and editing your text, the editor checks that you’ve included all the necessary elements in the right order. You’ll receive direct feedback in the in-text comments and a personalised Structure Check Report tailored to your document type.

 

In-text feedback

The editor will make direct changes, such as inserting paragraph breaks, merging paragraphs, and deleting accidental repetition. In addition, the editor will provide in-text feedback about:

  • Whether each chapter or section supports your document’s main goal
  • The organization 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

 

Structure Check Report

The Structure Check Report is designed to help you identify missing elements in each chapter or section and prioritise improvements. After reviewing this report, you should have a clear idea of where your efforts will have the biggest impact.

Abstract Add

Consider writing an abstract to give readers a concise summary of your research and to help potential readers decide whether to read the full paper.

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Literature review: Transitions between sections Revise

Consider introducing transitions to bridge the individual paragraphs of your document. This approach will make it easier for the reader to grasp how each new paragraph fits into your discussion, which will make your writing more cohesive (and therefore more compelling) overall.

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Results: Mention of methods Remove

After a brief introduction to the chapter, it’s best to jump right into presenting the results themselves. In most cases, there is no need to re-review the methods or other elements of the research in the results chapter.

Discussion: Interpretation of results Add

The discussion is the place to interpret the results. In this section, you might consider whether and how the results support the literature, address the implications of the results, and generally explore the contribution of the research in more detail.

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Conclusion Shorten

A conclusion section is usually relatively short and to the point. It seems like you may have included some unnecessary details in this section. I’d therefore recommend revising this section with an eye on making sure you’re providing information that is relevant and important.

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How much does it cost?

From £0.0055 per word. The Structure Check is an add-on service to Proofreading & Editing and cannot be purchased separately.


Clarity Check


When you select the Clarity Check, your editor will help you tell a clear and logical story. The feedback will focus on the presentation of concepts and the logic behind your argumentation.

 

What will your editor do?

  • 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

Your editor will provide this feedback using in-text comments and the Clarity Check checklists.

 

Clarity Checklists

Clarity: Checklist Text Logic

  • The text has a logical beginning, middle and end.

  • The argumentation makes sense.

  • The information is presented in a logical order.

  • The information seems valid and reliable based on the argumentation.

  • The text does not contain any unintentionally contradictory information or arguments.

  • No information that is relevant for further understanding of the text seems to be missing.

  • The examples used are relevant.

  • You take into account that the reader might not know everything about this topic.

Clarity: Checklist Text Clarity

  • The subject of the document is clear.

  • The purpose of the document is clear.

  • The most important question to be answered in the document is clear.

  • The answer to the above question, namely the conclusion, is clear.

  • The methods used to arrive at this answer are clear.

  • Terms are explained in a clear and precise manner.

  • Further important information, such as the study’s limitations and recommendations, is described clearly.

 

How much does it cost?

From £0.0055 per word. The Clarity Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.

 

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Layout Check


What will your layout specialist do?

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

 

How does it work?

When you upload your document, you can indicate which items you would like us to help you with.

 

How much does it cost?

£0.25 per page per item. The Layout Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.


Reference Check


Our reference specialists can improve your reference page and in-text citations. We are experts in a wide range of reference styles, including APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard and Vancouver.

 

What will your reference specialist do?

  • Improve the overall layout of your reference list
  • Ensure that your references meet your style guide requirements
  • Provide feedback on incomplete reference list entries
  • Add missing details to in-text citations (based on the reference list)
  • Crosscheck your in-text citations against your reference list to highlight any missing sources

 

How does it work?

When you upload your document, indicate the number of sources in your reference list and tell us which reference style to follow. We’ll take care of the rest.

 

How much does it cost?

£2 per source. The Reference Check can be purchased separately or as an add-on service to Proofreading & Editing.

What do our customers say?

So far, 1,793 students have rated us on the independent review platform Trustpilot.

4.9
Juan manuel Cordoba rios 21 October 2020

no permite agregar a mas de dos autores

no permite agregar a mas de dos autores

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customer 21 October 2020

Good review for a writing sample

Great review and feedback for a writing sample for graduate school.

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EL 18 October 2020

Very thorough edit

Very thorough edit. Did not change my voice at all. Gave lots of suggestions which were all very helpful.

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Red 18 October 2020

This is an outstanding service for your…terrific service

This is an outstanding service for your writing. Clear, accurate, and precise responses to your work. Excellent work.

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Juanita Valdez 18 October 2020

The paper I wrote was subpar

The paper I wrote was subpar, but the editors at Scribbr really took it up to the professional level I needed. I would use again 100%

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Khiêm Nguyễn 17 October 2020

Great service! Excellent

I requested the Scribbr team to proofread my document. It was really great! There was a lot of notes and edits to improve my writing, and I felt the paragraphs improved a lot. The editor understood the goal of my writing and suggest improvements accordingly. The editor even finished my document sooner than expected. I recommend Scribbr proofread service and probably use Scribbr in the future.

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RD 14 October 2020

Smooth process

It was overall a smooth process and the editing clearly improved the readability of the manuscript.

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anonymous 14 October 2020

Very Helpful

Very thorough commenting and professional help!

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Ronna Fruth 14 October 2020

I haven't been to school in over 30…

I haven't been to school in over 30 years so this was a lifesaver for me. The turnaround time was amazing. I highly, highly recommend using Scribbr

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Mason Poff 13 October 2020

this helped a lot with me outlining and…

this helped a lot with me outlining and to structure my essay. thank you! :)

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Alia Shubber 11 October 2020

Thanks for everything

Thanks for everything! You guys are grate. You’re comments are very clear and they helped me a lot with the essay.

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You did a great work. Thank you!

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Sy Chen 7 October 2020

Their work is very professional

Their work is very professional, and they left insightful comments and suggestions besides correcting your grammar and paragraph structures.

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AL 4 October 2020

Good proofreading, lackluster reference checking

I used Scribbr to proofread my master's thesis and included reference checking to the package. I have a mixed feelings about the end result. I'm very satisfied with the proofreading and editing part. The person doing the proofreading was clearly not from my exact field of study, but did nevertheless a wonderful job. The quality of the language used in my thesis improved substantially, and the comments were insightful. I'm less satisfied with the quality of the reference checking. There was clearly no coordination between the two editors and the person doing the reference checking made changes that contradicted both APA style guidelines and style used in the main text. He also made some changes to contents of the citations that I could not verify to be correct. All in all, I had to revert many of the changes and it caused a lot of extra work for me. I also asked the customer service for clarification about some of the stylistic choises made by the reference checker. They promised to consult a "Reference Specialist", but never got back to me. Update: After writing this review, I was contacted by Scribbr customer service. They apologized for the quality of the reference check and the communication breakdown with the customer service, and promised to refine their processes so that these kinds of incidents would not occur. Because I had already submitted my thesis and no additional editing was possible, they offered me a full refund for the reference check. I'm happy with the solution.

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Marta 2 October 2020

Best service ever

The price estimation procedure is simple, clear and super fast. I particularly appreciated the possibility to review clarity of my writing. For both of my orders the proofread documents were sent back before the deadline. And my editor provided in-depth comments and grammar explanations for frequent mistakes. And she also sent a kind word about the subject matter of my paper. I will definitely use the service again and already recommended it to my colleagues.

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Mei Ding 30 September 2020

The editor has done a good job

The editor has done a good job! I like it. Thank you all.

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Luke 30 September 2020

Very pleased with every aspect of…

Very pleased with every aspect of Scribbr's language proofing service. Great value for money.

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Questions?

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The team is 24/7 available for your questions.

Frequently asked questions

Can I choose between American English, British English and Australian English?

Yes, as you upload your document you can fill in your preferences at step 4.

If you do not know if you wish to write in American, Australian, or in British English, the editor will choose American, Australian, or British English based on the English you currently use. If the editor has any questions about this, we will contact you.

Can I upload my document in sections?

Yes, you can upload your document in sections.

We try our best to ensure that the same editor checks all the different sections of your document. When you upload a new file, our system recognizes you as a returning customer, and we immediately contact the editor who helped you before.

However, we cannot guarantee that the same editor will be available. Your chances are higher if

  1. You send us your text as soon as possible and
  2. You can be flexible about the deadline.

Please note that the shorter your deadline is, the lower the chance that your previous editor is not available.

If your previous editor isn’t available, then we will inform you immediately and look for another qualified editor. Fear not! Every Scribbr editor follows the Scribbr Improvement Model and will deliver high-quality work.

What if I am not happy with the edit?

Editing documents is still the work of people. And we, too, can make mistakes. If you’re not 100% happy with the edit, please let us know so we can find the solution that’s best for you, whether that’s a new edit or a refund.

Read more about our 100% happiness guarantee.

What is the Clarity Check?

The Clarity Check is an additional service that you can purchase when you have your document proofread by Scribbr.

If you select the Clarity Check, then your editor will provide you with useful feedback to help you improve your reasoning and ensure that what you’ve written is comprehensive and clear.

The editor will provide this feedback using two checklists and in-text comments. Our editors never implement this feedback directly, as it often concerns your ideas and argumentation.

Note that our editors can only consider the internal logic and clarity of your text. They are not subject matter experts and can therefore not check your facts or tell you the content is correct.

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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!

English is not my first language. Can you fix all my mistakes?

Yes! Our editors are all native speakers, and they have lots of experience editing texts written by ESL students. They will make sure your grammar is perfect and point out any sentences that are difficult to understand. They’ll also notice your most common mistakes, and give you personal feedback to improve your writing in English.

 

Is the editor an expert in my field of study?

When you place an order, you can specify your field of study and we’ll match you with an editor who has familiarity with this area.

However, our editors are language specialists, not academic experts in your field. Your editor’s job is not to comment on the content of your dissertation, but to improve your language and help you express your ideas as clearly and fluently as possible.

This means that your editor will understand your text well enough to give feedback on its clarity, logic and structure, but not on the accuracy or originality of its content.

Good academic writing should be understandable to a non-expert reader, and we believe that academic editing is a discipline in itself. The research, ideas and arguments are all yours – we’re here to make sure they shine!

How do I receive my document when the editor has finished proofreading?

After your document has been edited, you will receive an email with a link to download the document.

The editor has made changes to your document using ‘Track Changes’ in Word. This means that you only have to accept or ignore the changes that are made in the text one by one.

It is also possible to accept all changes at once. However, we strongly advise you not to do so for the following reasons:

  • You can learn a lot by looking at the mistakes you made.
  • The editors don’t only change the text – they also place comments when sentences or sometimes even entire paragraphs are unclear. You should read through these comments and take into account your editor’s tips and suggestions.
  • With a final read-through, you can make sure you’re 100% happy with your text before you submit!
I have a tight deadline. Can you edit my document in time?

You choose the turnaround time when ordering. We can return your dissertation within 24 hours, 3 days or 1 week. These timescales include weekends and holidays. As soon as you’ve paid, the deadline is set, and we guarantee to meet it! We’ll notify you by text and email when your editor has completed the job.

Very large orders might not be possible to complete in 24 hours. On average, our editors can complete around 13,000 words in a day while maintaining our high quality standards. If your order is longer than this and urgent, contact us to discuss possibilities.

Always leave yourself enough time to check through the document and accept the changes before your submission deadline.

What is our Proofreading & Editing service?

Proofreading & Editing entails checking for errors and inconsistencies in language and academic style. Your editor corrects:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence structure
  • Word choice
  • Verb tenses
  • Academic conventions
  • Style and tone

Your editor will also pay attention to your recurring mistakes, leave comments with suggestions for improvement, and give feedback to help you become a better writer.

Our editors work with Word’s Track Changes feature. When you receive your text back, you can choose to accept or reject each edit, or accept all the changes at once.

 

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What payment methods do you accept?

We accept the following payment methods:

Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro and Diners Club)
Transaction fee of 2% – 4%.

PayPal
Transaction fee of 3,5%.

AliPay
Transaction fee of 3,2%.

WeChat Pay
Transaction fee of 2%.