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About Scribbr

We believe that all students deserve guidance as they learn how to communicate effectively and put their ideas on paper. With every edit, we provide personalized feedback to help students learn from their mistakes and become better writers.

Did you know that we have a Trustpilot score of 4.9 out of 5? We take pride in the quality of our service and our highly skilled editors.

What makes Scribbr unique?

  • Passionate team of experts
  • New orders every day, all year round
  • 24/7 support by phone, email, and chat
  • Courses, mentorship, and skills development
  • 100% happiness guarantee

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Flexible work on your terms

As a Scribbr editor, you’ll help students all over the world from your home office. All you need is a laptop and a wifi connection.

How does it work?

  1. Set your availability calendar.
  2. Accept or decline assignments.
  3. Edit with track changes.
  4. Share constructive feedback.

We have transparent per-word fees and pay you every two weeks. You can earn an average of €145 for reviewing a 10,000-word thesis.

Our support team and community of editors are available every day to help you. You’ll have the best of both worlds: the flexibility you’ve always dreamed of and an awesome team that has your back.

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Develop and grow

We value growth, and it’s at the heart of everything we do. You’ll start in the Scribbr Academy, where you’ll learn how to perform our services and receive personalized coaching—but it doesn’t stop there.

Learning culture at Scribbr

  • Skills roadmap for editors
  • Courses and mentorship opportunities
  • Regular newsletters with valuable tips
  • 24/7 help with editing questions

As a qualified editor, you’ll have access to a suite of learning programs to help you take your skills to the next level.

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Freelancing simplified

As a Scribbr editor, you’ll receive work directly to your inbox. Our HQ team works behind the scenes to keep the work flowing.

Here’s what we do for you:

  • Our support team handles customer communication and logistics
  • Our marketing team drives new customers to our platform
  • Our finance team does the invoicing pays you every two weeks
  • Our operations team collects and implements your feedback

Let us handle the business, so you can focus on editing.

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    Make a real impact

    See how you help students every day!

    After students review your feedback, they can send you a digital thank you note. We receive words of gratitude from students all the time.

    As a qualified editor, you’ll be able to see the positive difference you make in students’ lives on your thank you wall. Until then, check out these Trustpilot review from happy customers.

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    Join the community!

    Welcome to the Scribbr community!

    As part of this community, you’ll be in the top 2% of academic editors worldwide.

    Tap into this network:

    • Ask questions and get advice
    • Meet fellow editors all over the world
    • Participate in workshops and events
    • Help other editors or become a coach

    We are on a mission to make Scribbr a place where freelance editors love to work. When you join our team, you join a supportive and thriving community of likeminded editors from all over the world!

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      Qualifications

      Do you want to join our editor team? We’d love to invite you to start the application process!

      Requirements

      • A bachelor’s degree or higher
      • Interest in a wide range of subjects
      • Microsoft Word skills and tech skills
      • Availability to edit 10,000 words per week

      Preferred

      • Prior academic editing experience
      • Freelance and remote work experience
      • Interest in a long-term collaboration

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      Why the top 2%?

      We promise students that we work with highly skilled editors—and to keep this promise, we’ve developed a unique (and admittedly demanding) application process for our editors.

      Out of every 100 applicants, we only qualify 2 new editors. We use our challenging, 10-question language quiz to identify the applicants who are the best fit for our team. As you advance through the process, you’ll receive more support and feedback from our academy coaches. With every step, you’ll get closer to becoming a qualified editor.

      Do you have what it takes? We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

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      Language quiz

      30 minutes

      Only 2% of applicants pass our challenging grammar and style quiz. If you’re up for the challenge and make the grade, we’ll invite you to apply.

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      Test assignment

      1–2 hours

      You’ve proven that you know your grammar—now, we want to see how you apply that knowledge through three short sample edits.

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      Scribbr Academy

      2–3 weeks

      Start your training! We’ll introduce you to our systems and services. You’ll receive support from our academy coaches every step of the way.

      Scribbr language quiz

      Head over to the language quiz and answer 31 questions on various topics in roughly 60 minutes. We recommend completing it on a computer, as the quiz isn’t formatted for mobile devices.
      Good luck!

      Questions?

      Ask our team

      Want to contact us directly? No problem. We are always here for you.

      Frequently asked questions

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      Why do we only work with native speakers?

      All Scribbr editors are native speakers, which means that they have spoken English since early childhood. We only work with native speakers because these editors understand the cadence of the language and have mastered its idiomatic forms.

      It is difficult for non-native speakers to acquire these traits, even if they are fluent and have spoken the language throughout their adult lives. Since our customers wish to work only with native speakers, we have no flexibility in this requirement.

      We don’t rely solely on nativeness. Our editors are vetted through a rigorous application process, through which they are asked to demonstrate technical grammar knowledge, familiarity with academic writing and an understanding of editing principles. All successful applicants also complete our Scribbr Academy training program, where they learn how to edit for students.

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      Why do I have to go through the Academy?

      Editing for students is different from other kinds of editing. In the Scribbr Academy, we train you how to perform Scribbr’s services and edit in the Scribbr style. The training also features practical elements, such as one-on-one coaching, that are beneficial to you.

      How can I become a Scribbr editor?

      You must apply through our website and complete all the steps in the Scribbr editor application process.

      Can I have the answers to the Scribbr language quiz?

      It is not possible to see the answers to our quiz. If you’re looking for more insights on related issues, check out Scribbr’s language articles and websites that address grammar and writing issues.

      If you’re accepted as an editor in the Scribbr Academy, the information package you gain access to includes an article with the correct answers to a previous version of our language quiz.

      How much will I earn as a Scribbr editor?

      On average, you can expect to earn approximately $20 to $30 per hour as a Scribbr editor.

      The earnings are calculated based on fixed per-word rates that we have set for different kinds of assignments. We will communicate these rates to you as soon as you are in your Scribbr Academy.

      The per-word rate for each order is determined by:

      In our Scribbr Academy, we train you to edit as efficiently as possible—which will help you to increase the speed at which you work. For example, we include a Scribbr Word macro that you can use to easily utilize standardized in-text comments.

      What knowledge do you expect your incoming editors to have?

      Incoming editors should be highly knowledgeable regarding grammar, academic style, and the conventions of both US English and UK English.

      You’ll need this knowledge to not only edit student papers but also provide individualized feedback for students.

      We also expect new editors to have read widely in a variety of fields and to feel comfortable editing academic texts in a range of subjects, including the hard sciences and the social sciences. New editors likewise need to be familiar with the structure of different types of academic texts, including dissertations, theses, reports, and essays.

      Finally, you’ll need to be comfortable working with Microsoft Word, including its Track Changes feature.

      Why do I need a university degree to apply as a Scribbr editor?

      Since Scribbr specializes in academic editing for students, we require our editors to be thesis and academic writing experts. Every Scribbr editor has a thorough understanding of academic writing conventions and research concepts used in higher education.

      Most of the papers we receive are theses and dissertations. We prefer to work with editors who know first-hand how difficult it is to write a thesis, as they can offer constructive and relevant advice to our students.

      Therefore, we only accept applications from editors with a university degree.

      However, a university degree alone is not enough. All applicants must also demonstrate technical grammar knowledge and fundamental editing skills during the application process.  Applicants must also complete our rigorous Scribbr Academy training program before they can join the editor team.

      I am not familiar with the different variants of English. Can I still edit for Scribbr?

      Incoming editors must be familiar with the conventions of both US English and UK English and able to consistently follow the related rules. However, if you’re only familiar with one of these dialects, don’t despair! Getting up to speed on the major differences between the two systems is definitely doable. Our Knowledge Base is a good place to start.

      I am a native English speaker, but I did not learn standard American, British, Canadian or Australian English. Can I still apply?

      If you are familiar with the conventions of US and UK English and can edit according to them, you are more than welcome to apply. At this time, however, we cannot accept applicants who are only familiar with other English dialects. The reason is that the vast majority of our clients require their papers to be written in US or UK English.

      How long does the application process for becoming a Scribbr editor take?

      The application process consists of three steps that you must successfully complete to become an active editor within our system:

      1. Scribbr language quiz: 30 minutes
      2. Scribbr application assignment: 2.5 hours
      3. Scribbr Academy: 4 to 16 hours depending on your experience

      The speed at which you are able to complete the application process depends on your availability and the level of your work you submit. For us, it is important not only that you edit according to our guidelines, but also that you feel you have enough experience with us to make the leap to being an active Scribbr editor.

      Throughout the process, you will receive feedback from experienced editors – so no matter what happens, you won’t be wasting your time!

      How and when will I receive assignments from Scribbr?

      When we receive a new order, we choose the most suitable Scribbr editor based on the following factors:

      • Availability. If you would like to receive a lot of orders, you can indicate that you are available immediately. We will then try to send more assignments your way.
      • Interest in the subject. We will not be as fast to send you orders that are from fields you have not marked as preferred.
      • Returning client. We will automatically send you orders from a returning student whose work you have already edited, unless he or she specifically requests otherwise.

      The moment we have a new order for you, we will send you an email, an SMS and a notification via your Scribbr account on our website. You may then choose to accept or decline that assignment. You make this decision for every order we send you.

      Can I choose the topics that I will edit?

      All orders are classified into 1 of 9 categories:

      • Business and Management:
        Business Administration, Hotel Management, Accounting, Marketing
      • Economics:
        Commercial Economics, Econometrics, Finance
      • IT and Engineering:
        ICT, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering
      • Natural and Life Sciences:
        Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry
      • Geography, Agriculture and Environment:
        Ecology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Urban Planning
      • Health and Medical Sciences:
        Medicine, Obstetrics, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Dentistry
      • Arts and Humanities:
        Philosophy, History, Literature, Cultural Studies, Theology
      • Law and Policy:
        Law, Political Science, Public Policy, Human Rights
      • Social and Behavioral Sciences:
        Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Education
      • Other

      You can specify the fields that you are interested in. When we send you an order, we always take your preferences into account.

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      Do I have to live in the Netherlands to be a Scribbr editor?

      No, you don’t.

      As an editor, you are affiliated with us on a freelance basis. You can work for us from anywhere in the world and from any time zone.

      It is important that you are frequently online and have a phone with Internet access, as we will send you both an e-mail and an SMS as soon as we have a new assignment for you.