Proofreading and Editing Services

We have a first-rate grasp of English which enables us to give you the best proofreading and editing services.

Proofreading is the task of reading written or printed material and marking any errors.  Editing is the task of fixing, condensing, or otherwise changing written material.  Hence, proofreading and editing go hand in hand.

We take your document, proofread it, and edit it as needed.

We can help you with the following:

Content Editing

Here, we edit the document as a whole.  It can take a while due to the fact that the whole document is conceptually edited.  We check for tense use, grammar, punctuation, flow, and structure.  The document is checked to make sure it makes sense and is consistent from start to finish.  We also check for repetition of details in the document.  For that reason, we might need to reorganise sections or restructure the document.  We might also need to remove or add sentences, or rewrite, condense, or expand paragraphs.  The document is read a couple of times before the process starts and changes are made bit by bit.  We work with you to shape the document to get to the sought-after result.  To reach this point, we may need to do a number of drafts.

Books and stories, as well as any other form of writing that needs flow and consistency, in most cases, need content editing.

Academic-Language Editing

This is needed for theses, dissertations, articles, and research papers.  We edit these documents with the level of academic language needed.  We will also help with suggestions on the layout and format of the document.

Our academic-language editor was a lecturer at a university for many years and has obtained her Doctorate.  She has written many published articles.  Her vast experience includes research supervision in both qualitative and quantitative research, as well as research evaluation.  She has also supervised Master’s and Doctoral students.  She has spent time on an Ethics Committee.  Her background in these academic areas makes sure you get the best out of your academic work.

She can also help with the below:

  • Co-coding of qualitative data.
  • Mentoring and advice on Dissertation/Thesis write-up, how to structure information, the logical flow of information, etc.

Copy Editing

Here, we fix problems of grammar, style, repetition, word use, and jargon.  We make sure the document is free of errors, omissions, inconsistency, and repetition.  The difference between this and content editing is that we work on sections of the document at a time rather than the whole document.  We will make notes when we pick up these issues in the document, but won’t change the order of sentences or paragraphs.  You will need to do most of the work yourself and we double check your changes.

Basic Editing

This is the lightest form of editing.  Documents that already had a good structure and flow will only need small changes.  As such, we will only fix minor errors.  Minor errors include the following:

  • Grammar and style
  • Capitalisation and punctuation
  • Spelling and word usage

We will only do one draft of the document where we will make the basic changes and give tips on other areas where we think changes should be made.

All our editing services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Typographical errors
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Tenses

  • Grammatical errors
  • Sentence fragments and length
  • Capitalisation
  • Sentence structure

All documents include track changes and comments so that you know what we have changed and why.

Our editing services don’t include formatting of documents, but we can give advice on the format.  As an extra service, we can format your document for you.  Please see our formatting services for more details.