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We can provide accurate and proofreading and editing services for a variety of academic situations and publications.

Our professional service has catered to all levels of academia for 20 years and we pride ourselves on meeting the diverse needs of academics, including lecturers and researchers, at a reasonable cost. We believe our Testimonials page speaks for itself.

Whether you have journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations, manuscripts, academic papers, PowerPoint presentations or professional documents such as research proposals to produce, we are able to offer a final proofread to correct any typing or grammatical errors, or an editing polish on your written work. The latter is particularly valuable with multi-author works where it's useful to iron out individual writing quirks into a smooth flowing style.

As a quick summary, proofreading is designed for documents that have already been through the editing process. Editing corrects errors but also focuses on writing style, clarity and structure, as well as highlighting any inconsistencies or problem areas and, where necessary, either increases or reduces the overall word count.

Edit to improve. Proofread to correct.


Decide which level of proofreading and editing you require from the list below, review the guide prices at the bottom of the page and then contact us for a precise quote and turnaround time.

Proofreading includes:

  • check and correct typos, spelling, punctuation, grammar and general linguistic English errors
  • highlight any format, content, layout, heading or formatting inconsistencies

Editing services include:

Light copyediting

  • correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax and general English usage
  • check for overall clarity and consistency of style, tone and sentence structure
  • highlight inconsistencies in word use, meaning and format
  • check against layout specifications for typesetting

Substantive editing includes all of the above for light copyediting, plus where required

  • edit to improve the style, tone, structure and content without changing the original meaning
  • rewrite to improve meaning and vocabulary
  • edit confusing, ambiguous or awkward sentences to improve the flow of text
  • remove wordiness, inappropriate terms or jargon
  • query conflicting statements, discrepancies or inconsistencies
  • reduce or increase word count to comply with the specified length


£4.00 to £7.50 per thousand words

Light Copy Editing
£7.50 to £10.00 per thousand words
Substantive Copy Editing
£10.00 to £20.00 per thousand words

The price ranges above relate to the complexity of document, the degree of proofreading or editing required and your deadline, and also include any discounts applicable for students or charities.

The above prices relate to changes being made directly to the electronic copy in Word with track changes turned on. If you are unsure whether you need proofreading or copyediting, please let us have a represenative sample of your text.

Please contact us for a precise quote and a clearer idea of a turnaround time.

Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1485 543746  ireneboston@gmail.com

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