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Customers rate our proofreading service excellent!

Scribbr’s proofreading and editing services are rated 4.9/5 based on 2,454 reviews on Trustpilot.
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Sulim Kim 16 August 2022

It was one of the top-notch…

It was one of the top-notch proofreading experiences I have ever had. I was amazed by the quality of the editing. I highly recommend.

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Kelly 16 August 2022

Professional and Patience

My editor shared with me those areas that are not clear and how I could improve them. There are also some parts which are too vague for her to understand the point I'm trying to get across. This allows me to review what I wrote. While I'm not sure if I have re-written it correctly since I did not send it for another edit, I now know what I should avoid. My editor also allows me to retain my writing style but change those that are too informal. :p I reckoned this is because the papers I'm reading are not of the best standards (and I was told about it). I'll aim to read more established papers from now on. :) Thank you.

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Jon 15 August 2022

Long time happy customer.

Long time happy customer.

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Benjamin Fechner 14 August 2022

Absolute Empfehlung!

Absolute Empfehlung! Sowas von hilfreich, echt der Wahnsinn wie viel doch noch übersehen wurde. Würde ich jederzeit wieder machen!

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Myri Hertoghs 13 August 2022

Excellent professional review

Excellent professional review! Detailed with great advice!

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Heather A 13 August 2022

AMAZING!!!

I am so glad that I found Scribbr citation generator.. I would not have gotten through my degree without it. It is very easy to use and creates a proper APA citation in seconds! Thank you Scribbr!!

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Sabrina Welte 12 August 2022

Schnell und ohne versteckte Kosten

Schnell und ohne versteckte Kosten. Katharina war eine top Lektorin. Mit persönlichem Feedback und sämtlichen Erklärungen zu den angewandten Regeln. Gerne wieder!

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Karina Baumgartner 12 August 2022

Schnell & professionell

Nina hat eine super Arbeit in kürzester Zeit gemacht! Danke :)

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Xiaojiang LIN 11 August 2022

Très satisfaite

Mon correcteur m'a donné des conseils précieux. Merci beaucoup !

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Angel 10 August 2022

Great experience

I needed urgently proofreading for my scientific paper so I decided to submit it to Scribbr (never had before). I ordered Proofreading and Editing as well as Structure check and chose a turnaround time of 24 hours. I received the revised manuscript in 6 hours. The editor's corrections and suggestions were very helpful. I am happy with the service. I also received a certificate of the revision after requesting It.

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Christof 9 August 2022

Zuerst unsicher aber sehr zufrieden!

Ich war mir unsicher, ob es mir wirklich Wert war, ein Lektorat zu buchen für meine Masterarbeit aber ich bereue es überhaupt nicht. Die Kommentare und Korrekturen meines Lektors waren sehr ausführlich und hilfreich. Die meisten davon konnte ich einfach übernehmen. Das bringt die Arbeit auf ein höheres Level!

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Arnold Bomans 9 August 2022

Amazing acuity and rapid response.

Amazing acuity and rapid response.

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ORO, Alpha Deomeg 9 August 2022

great help when I didn't know what I was doing.

This really helped me especially when I still did know how references and citation works by practice, even up until now that I am used with research works and assignments, it saves up a great amount of time.

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Jeff D 8 August 2022

PhD Dissertation Life Saving Service

Edited my 275 page dissertation in one week. Incredibly detailed grammatical corrections, but most valuable were the comments. Challenging my ideas - where my argument was weak and not understood. A copy edit with these folks is a life saver, from confused and stumped to ready for final committee review - that's a huge leap for all of us that are ABD. Considering what you've already invested, the cost is minimal and worth every penny.

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Pieter 8 August 2022

good work

Clear website, clear pricing, excellent corrections. The editor did more than only correct the document; she added valuable suggestions and tips that helped me to improve the quality of my manuscript.

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Bouchonville 8 August 2022

Correction au top

Correction au top. J'ai du mal à voir clair car j'ai lu plusieurs fois mes textes. Je trouve qu'ils ont réussi à cerner mon travail et à remettre de l'ordre dedans. Les conseils et propositions étaient adéquats et m'ont permis de changer et rajouter ce qui manquait. Je suis très satisfaite de cette correction.

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Jennifer Louise Stokstad 8 August 2022

Very professional service!

I needed a very specific German personal statement corrected, a service which they don't usually provide, but they did their best and it turned out so perfect! So thankful for that! Been using this service for a couple of years for my german studies, and it is so super practical! And successful!

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Tiger 6 August 2022

I had my reflections edited same high quality despite it being a rush job

I had my reflections edited by Scribbr and I requested Neshika again as I felt comfortable with her proofreading. As expected, she did not disappoint me with the same high quality despite it being a rush job in 24 hours. Thanks Scribbr again.

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Chelsea James 5 August 2022

Capitalization Issue - Otherwise Great

Mostly great, but there is a discrepancy between APA guidelines and the capitalization choices. In APA 7 you are only supposed to capitalize the first letter of the first word and the first letter of proper nouns, but Scribbr capitalizes the first letter of almost every word. I actually got points counted off on my assignment for this, so I hope they can fix this. Otherwise, it is great and easy to use when citing articles or web pages.

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Ortiz Quijano 5 August 2022

Información muy útil e intuitiva de…

Información muy útil e intuitiva de comprender. Muy fácil la explicación

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Easily select and deselect pages

To make the process as smooth as possible, simply upload your whole document and select only the pages that you want us to proofread and edit.

You’ll only be charged for the number of words on the pages you selected. To save you some money, we will automatically deselect your table of contents and reference list!

Additional Proofreading & Editing Services

Structure Check

Your editor improves the overall organisation of your document. Are the headings clear and do they fit well with the content of each paragraph? Does every section contain the right information?

In addition to direct changes and comments, our editors use checklists for the abstract, introduction, discussion and conclusion.

The Structure Check starts at £0.0055 per word.

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Clarity Check

Your editor reads your thesis as a normal reader would. Does the story make sense? Is it clear and logical? A fresh pair of eyes can notice things you tend to overlook yourself.

Using checklists our editors will check for contradictions, a logical order of sections, and the clarity of your arguments, concepts and ideas.

The Clarity Check starts at £0.0055 per word.

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Citation Editing

Our citation experts check your reference list, in-text citations and footnote citations to make sure you consistently follow the guidelines of your citation style.

We are experts in APA Style, but we can help you with almost all citation styles. The citation expert also checks your in-text citations against your reference list to make sure they match.

Citation Editing costs £2.00 per source.

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How can I contact Scribbr?

We are here to help you daily via chat, WhatsApp, email or phone between 9:00 to 23:00 CET.

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.

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 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.

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.

 

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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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 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 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.