Sentence Rewriter

Is the Scribbr Sentence Rewriter free?

Yes, the Scribbr Sentence Rewriter is absolutely free to use. You can access its features and benefits without any cost. Enjoy rewriting your sentences effortlessly with our free tool!

Can the Scribbr Sentence Rewriter improve the quality of my content?

Yes, our sentence rewriter can enhance the readability and uniqueness of your content by providing alternative wording and sentence structures.

What other tools does Scribbr offer apart from the Sentence Rewriter to enhance my content?

Alongside the paragraph rewriter, Scribbr offers a range of other tools designed to elevate your content such as the paraphrasing tool and grammar checker. In addition to that, we also provide tools such as a citation generatorplagiarism checker and more writing tools. These tools work together to ensure that your content is not only well-written and polished but also original, properly cited, and academically sound.

Paper Formatting

What does the Scribbr-style Paper Formatting service include?

When performing the Scribbr-style Paper Formatting Service, your Scribbr expert will:

  • Make sure your formatting is consistent throughout the document, including:
    • Font type, size and color
    • Indentation of paragraphs
    • Line spacing
    • Text alignment
    • Spacing before and after a paragraph of headings
  • Add page numbers in either Arabic or Roman style
  • Add, remove, and/or fix heading numbering. This depends on your request.
  • Update or generate a Table of Contents
  • Update or generate a List of Tables and Figures
  • Check your captions for tables and figures, and automate them

The Scribbr-style Paper Formatting Service does not include the following:

  • Applying university guidelines from an additional document
  • Creating a title page from scratch
  • Editing the contents of tables. We can only check the format, not the content.
  • Creating the content of the captions for tables and figures.
  • Moving tables or figures around in the document

If you want to book the APA-style Paper Formatting service, please refer to this article.

What information do I need to provide for the Paper Formatting service?

The aim of the Paper Formatting service, both for Scribbr-style and APA-style, is to create a consistent layout that looks clean and coherent. To achieve this, we follow the information you provide during the upload process of your document, as well as standard academic guidelines.

To ensure that your formatting expert translates your wishes correctly, please indicate the following things in your booking:

  • The editing style (APA or Scribbr-style)
  • For Scribbr-style:
    • Font size and type
    • Line spacing
    • Paragraph indentation
    • Text alignment (left aligned or justified)
    • Format of page numbering (arabic or roman numbers)
    • If you want a Table of Contents, and/or a list of tables/figures

Please note that, for the APA style, we focus on checking and perfecting your document rather than implementing the style from scratch.

Which Paper Formatting style should I choose: APA or Scribbr-style?

Choose APA style, if you strictly want or need to follow APA guidelines. APA provides clear guidelines as to how to format a paper. Here’s an overview of this style:

  • APA is most frequently used by writers and students in social sciences, business, and nursing
  • Used in academic journals
  • You have limited options. For example:
    • the font must be selected from a specific list
    • the text must be left-aligned and double-spaced
    • headings must be formatted in a very specific way
    • tables have a set format
  • Edits are made with the track changes function, so you can learn from your formatting expert

Choose Scribbr-style, if you want our editors to tidy up your own formatting. Here’s an overview of this style:

  • This is a custom formatting style based on your preferences
  • You have the freedom to choose. For example:
    • pick your favourite font (type, size, colour)
    • justify your text
    • personalize your headings (size, colour, etc.)´
    • select a style for page numbering
  • Tables won’t be adjusted in content, but captions will be formatted
  • Edits are made directly without the track changes function
  • Read more about what this service includes, here.

Please note: If your paper mostly follows APA guidelines, but you want to tweak some elements (e.g., you want numbered headings), choose Scribbr-style.

Can I request Paper Formatting with guidelines from my university?

Yes, you can. We have made the upload process easy for your convenience.

During the upload process, we will ask you a number of questions about your requirements or wishes. All you have to do is select the option that you prefer. For example, we will ask you about your desired fonts, line spacing, indentation, page numbers, and more.

You have the choice of filling in individual preferences, or selecting “Scribbr can choose for me“. If you pick the latter, we will apply our default style to reach a clear and clean layout.

You also have the option to add additional thoughts and wishes into a separate text box.

Can Scribbr check only part of my paper when I purchase Paper Formatting?

This depends on your order. If you book the Paper Formatting service as a standalone service, you can indicate which pages you’d like to have formatted during the upload process.

If you book the Paper Formatting service together with the Proofreading & Editing service, we will format all the pages of your document.

Generally speaking, we recommend getting your entire document formatted, as our experts will make sure that the document is neat and consistent in its layout.

Paragraph Rewriter

Is the Scribbr Paragraph Rewriter free?

Yes, the Scribbr Paragraph Rewriter is absolutely free to use. You can access its features and benefits without any cost. Enjoy rewriting your paragraphs effortlessly with our free tool!

Can the Scribbr Paragraph Rewriter improve the quality of my content?

Yes, our paragraph rewriter can enhance the readability and uniqueness of your content by providing alternative wording and sentence structures.

What other tools does Scribbr offer apart from the Paragraph Rewriter to enhance my content?

Alongside the paragraph rewriter, Scribbr offers a range of other tools designed to elevate your content such as the paraphrasing tool and grammar checker. In addition to that, we also provide tools such as a citation generator, plagiarism checker and more writing tools. These tools work together to ensure that your content is not only well-written and polished but also original, properly cited, and academically sound.

Essay Checker

How accurate is the essay checker?

Our Essay Checker can detect most grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. That said, we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy. 

Is the essay checker suitable for people who don’t speak English as their first language?

Absolutely! The Essay Checker is particularly useful for non-native English speakers, as it can detect mistakes that may have gone unnoticed.

How long does it take for the Essay Checker to process my writing?

The exact time depends on the length of your document, but, in most cases it doesn’t take more than a minute.

Rhetoric

What is the difference between irony and satire?

While irony is a technique used in satire, satire is a broad genre that aims to provoke thought and promote change.

  • Irony involves a contrast between expectation and reality, highlighting discrepancies through situational irony, verbal irony, or dramatic irony.
  • Satire uses humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to criticize and expose the flaws or vices of individuals, societies, or institutions. It aims to provoke thought and promote change.
What is the predestination paradox?

The predestination paradox is a time-travel concept in which an event is both a cause and an effect of itself.

One classic example of the predestination paradox is from the science fiction film 12 Monkeys. The film’s protagonist, Cole, is sent back in time to gather information about a virus that kills most of humanity. He eventually learns that his own actions in the past contributed to the outbreak of the virus, creating a self-referential loop of cause and effect. By trying to prevent the catastrophe, Cole is causing it.

Other time-travel paradoxes include the grandfather paradox and the bootstrap paradox.

More broadly, a paradox is a saying or scenario that seems logically contradictory or impossible, which upon closer examination reveals a deeper truth or coherence within a specific context or framework.

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How do you use cliché in a sentence?

Cliché can be used as a noun or an adjective. (“Clichéd” is more commonly used as the adjective form.)

Noun usage:

  • The movie was filled with every cliché imaginable.
  • That phrase has become a tired cliché.

Adjective usage:

  • The plot was cliché(d) and predictable.
  • His speech was full of cliché(d) expressions.
What is a synonym for cliché?

Cliché has several synonyms and near-synonyms:

Noun Adjective
banality

bromide

chestnut

commonplace saying

platitude

stereotype

stock phrase

trope

banal

derivative

hackneyed

overused

played out (slang)

stereotypical

tired

trite

Various short sayings can become clichés through overuse but lack the term’s inherent negative connotations. These include adages, aphorisms, catchphrases, idioms, mantras maxims, mottos, proverbs, slogans, and truisms.

How do you spell cliché?

Cliché is spelled with an acute accent mark (é).

  • Noun spelling: cliché (plural: clichés)
  • Adjective spelling: clichéd (preferred) or cliché*

*The word cliché can serve as an adjective without modification because of its French origins as the past participle of “cliquer” (to click).

What are some common types of wordplay?

Common types of wordplay include puns, double entendres, paraprosdokians, spoonerisms, and malapropisms.

  • Puns: Wordplay based on the multiple meanings of words or the similarity of sound between different words (e.g., “I’m a dentist, so I know the drill.”)
  • Double entendres: Phrases or expressions with two interpretations, one of which is usually somewhat risqué or taboo (e.g., “The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.”)
  • Paraprosdokians: Sentences or phrases with an unexpected ending or twist, often leading to humor or surprise (e.g., “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”)
  • Spoonerisms: Errors in speech where corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched between two words in a phrase (e.g., “It is kisstomary to cuss the bride.”)
  • Malapropisms: The mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often resulting in nonsensical or humorous statements (e.g., “Texas has a lot of electrical votes.”)
  • Mondegreens: Misheard or misinterpreted phrases or lyrics, often resulting in humorous or nonsensical meanings (e.g., “Excuse me while I kiss the sky” from the Jimi Hendrix song “Purple Haze” is often misheard as “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.”)
What is an unexpected ending to a sentence called?

A figure of speech involving a sentence with a surprise ending is called a “paraprosdokian.” Other terms include “surprise ending” or “twist.”

Paraprosdokian example: “The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.”

How do you pronounce “paraprosdokian”?

Paraprosdokian” is pronounced par-uh-pros-DOH-kee-an.

The word “paraprosdokian” is derived from the Greek for “against expectation.” It describes a figure of speech that establishes an expectation and ends with a surprise twist.

What is the difference between a paradox and an oxymoron?

Paradoxes and oxymorons both involve contradictions, but there is a key difference:

  • A paradox is a complete statement or scenario that seems self-contradictory but reveals a thought-provoking truth upon further examination (e.g., “The only constant in life is change”).
  • An oxymoron is a figure of speech consisting of a short phrase that combines contradictory terms for rhetorical effect (e.g., “alone together”).
What is an example of irony in literature?

An example of irony in literature is in O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” where Jim and Della each sacrifice their most prized possession to buy a gift for the other: Della sells her hair for a chain, and Jim sells his watch for combs.

The situational irony lies in the fact that Jim and Della’s well-intentioned sacrifices make their gifts useless. This irony highlights the idea that the true value of gifts lies in the love and sacrifice they represent.

 

What is Socratic irony?

Socratic irony is the technique of posing simple questions, as if one were ignorant, to expose the ignorance or flaws in others’ arguments. The irony lies in the fact that by feigning ignorance, you can lead people to reveal their own misunderstandings or contradictions, encouraging deeper reflection and critical thinking. This method is a key part of the Socratic method of teaching and dialogue.

Example: In Plato’s dialogues, Socrates questions Euthyphro about the nature of piety. Socrates pretends not to understand what piety is and asks Euthyphro to explain it. Through a series of questions, Socrates exposes the inconsistencies in Euthyphro’s definitions, showing that Euthyphro does not actually understand the concept as well as he claims.

What is cosmic irony?

Cosmic irony, also known as irony of fate, is a literary device where the universe or fate seems to play a cruel joke by thwarting expectations. It is a type of situational irony that involves characters receiving the opposite of what they expect or deserve, giving the impression of a profound injustice inflicted by fate or a higher power.

Example: In the ancient Greek myth of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus tries to avoid his prophesied fate of killing his father and marrying his mother, but his actions unwittingly lead him to fulfill the prophecy. This irony highlights the impression that cosmic forces shape human destiny in unexpected and often tragic ways.

What is the difference between coincidence and situational irony?

Both coincidence and situational irony can involve unexpected outcomes that evoke surprise. However, the terms differ in their emphasis:

  • Irony: Emphasizes the contrast between expected outcomes and actual results, often revealing deeper meaning or creating a humorous effect; used deliberately in literature
  • Coincidence: Highlights the randomness and lack of logical connection or deliberateness in events

The controversy surrounding Alanis Morissette’s song “Isn’t It Ironic?” centers on interpretations of whether the situations described in the song qualify as genuine irony or merely as instances of coincidence or bad luck.

What is tragic irony?

Tragic irony occurs when the audience can foresee the impending downfall of a character, but the character is unaware. It is a type of dramatic irony.

Tragic irony is related to the concept of a tragic flaw, also known as hamartia. A tragic flaw is a character trait, typically one that is positive or noble, which when taken to an extreme leads the protagonist to their downfall.

Tragic irony can highlight the protagonist’s tragic flaw by emphasizing the gap between the character’s self-concept and the reality that the audience perceives.

What is the difference between dramatic and verbal irony?

Both dramatic irony and verbal irony involve a contrast between what is perceived and what is actually true in a narrative. However, there is a key difference:

  • Dramatic irony involves the audience’s awareness of information that characters lack. It is used to create tension, often emphasizing themes like the cruelty of fate or the folly of deception.
  • Verbal irony involves a contrast between what is said and what is meant. It is often used for sarcasm, humor, or to add impact to a paradox.

 

What is an example of dramatic irony in Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth the audience knows that Macbeth plans to kill King Duncan to fulfill the witches’ prophecy of his becoming king. However, Duncan and the other characters, aside from Lady Macbeth, are unaware of his plans. This dramatic irony creates tension and suspense as the audience anticipates the unfolding tragedy while other characters remain oblivious to Macbeth’s sinister plans and ambitions.

What is the difference between a malapropism and a pun?

Malapropisms and puns are similar, but they have key differences:

  • Malapropisms are usually unintentional on the part of the speaker or character. They typically don’t aim to highlight double meanings.
  • Puns are typically used deliberately. They rely on multiple meanings of the same word (or similar-sounding words) to achieve a double entendre.
What is an example of paradox in literature?

The plot of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 is a classic example of literary paradox.

The central paradox is that airmen who are considered insane can request to be grounded and thus avoid flying dangerous combat missions. However, airmen who request to be grounded based on safety concerns are not actually insane, having the presence of mind to recognize the danger of their situation. Heller uses this paradox to satirize the circular logic of military bureaucracy.

Heller’s paradoxical narrative is the origin of the term “catch-22,” which describes any situation where contradictory rules or conditions prevent a solution or escape.

What is the purpose of a paradox?

Paradoxes can serve several purposes:

  • In literature and rhetoric, paradoxes can be used as rhetorical or plot devices. They can add humor, provoke philosophical thought, or express critique through satire.
    • Example: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” (Oscar Wilde, De Profundis)
  • In logic and other branches of philosophy, paradoxes highlight flaws or contradictions in currently accepted definitions and systems, demonstrating the need for further inquiry.
    • Example: If you keep removing grains of sand from a heap, at what point does it stop being a heap? (This problem is referred to as the “paradox of the heap,” or the “sorites paradox”).
  • In everyday aphorisms, paradoxes are used to express philosophical insights and practical wisdom in a memorable and sometimes humorous way.
    • Example: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
What is a famous play on words example in literature?

A famous literary play on words can be found in William Shakespeare’s Richard III:

“Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York.”

This line blends metaphor with wordplay, using a pun on “son” and “sun” to depict Richard, son of the House of York, as the force that ends winter’s troubles.

What is an example of play on words?

An example of a play on words is the joke “He had a photographic memory but never developed it.” The word “developed” can refer to developing skills or developing photographs.

This particular form of wordplay is called a pun, creating humor using words or phrases with multiple meanings.

What is the purpose of a play on words?

A play on words can serve several purposes in written and spoken communication.

Purposes of wordplay include:

  • humor
  • irony
  • subtlety
  • emphasis
  • creativity
  • engagement
  • persuasion
What is the difference between verbal irony and Socratic irony?

Verbal irony involves saying one thing but meaning the opposite, while Socratic irony involves feigning ignorance to provoke critical thinking in others.

  • Verbal irony example: A person arrives late to a meeting, and someone says, “Well, look who decided to join us!”
  • Socratic irony example: In a classroom discussion, a teacher asks seemingly naive questions to lead students to reconsider their assumptions or explore complex concepts further.
What are some examples of verbal irony in “The Cask of Amontillado”?

In Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” he uses verbal irony to create tension and dark humor.

For example, Montresor offers Fortunato wine, saying, “It will help to keep us warm.” This statement is ironic because Montresor is leading Fortunato to a cold, damp catacomb, where he plans to kill him. Later, Fortunado says, “I drink to the dead who lie sleeping
around us.” Montresor responds, “And I, Fortunato—I drink to your long life,” though he means the opposite.

The verbal irony in “The Cask of Amontillado” complements the story’s dramatic irony, building tension for the reader, who is aware of Montresor’s true intentions.

What is an example of a double entendre?

A classic example of a double entendre is Michael Scott’s “That’s what she said” jokes in the TV show The Office. Michael uses this phrase to humorously imply a secondary, suggestive meaning to an otherwise innocent statement. This play on words contributed to the eccentricity of Michael Scott’s persona while adding a humorous twist to the show’s dialogue.

What is a triple entendre?

A triple entendre is a play on words with three interpretations based on the use of words with shared sounds or spellings. Triple entendres often have at least one taboo or risqué interpretation. The name “triple entendre” is based on the name of a more common rhetorical device, “double entendre” (originally from the French for “double meaning”).

An example of a triple entendre can be found in the song “Hotel California” by the Eagles. The line “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave” has at least three possible interpretations:

  1. A person can literally “check out” of Hotel California.
  2. A person can “check out” in the sense of mentally escaping reality through substance abuse.
  3. A person might think they can quit (similar to “check out”) anytime they like when suffering from an addiction.
What is the opposite of irony?

The opposite of verbal irony is straightforwardness—expressing one’s intended meaning directly without any hint of a hidden meaning. “Literalness” or “directness” also express the opposite of “irony.” The word “sincerity” is another antonym for “irony,” emphasizing that the speaker lacks any sarcastic or sardonic intent.

What does no pun intended mean?

No pun intended” is a common expression used to highlight a pun while ostensibly claiming that the pun was unintentional. This phrase is often used humorously to call attention to a pun that the speaker recognizes is cliché and likely to elicit a groan. However, in some cases the phrase is used sincerely, indicating that the speaker did not notice the pun until after it was spoken.

What is the difference between a double entendre and a pun?

Puns and double entendres both involve double meanings, but there is a key difference:

  • A pun is any play on words that involves multiple meanings of the same word or phrase.
  • A double entendre is a specific type of pun that has a slightly indecent (typically sexual) connotation.
What is a portmanteau for air pollution?

“Smog” is a portmanteau of “smoke” and “fog” used to describe the visible air pollution often found in urban areas. The term “smog” was coined by a London resident in 1905 and gained prominence during the Industrial Revolution as cities experienced increased emissions from factories and vehicles. This illustrates the role of neologisms such as portmanteaus in marking societal changes.

What is the difference between a compound word and a portmanteau?

Compound words and portmanteaus are both formed by joining multiple words, but there are a few differences between the two:

  • Compound words retain all the letters from both original words and don’t always express meanings from both words (e.g., butter + fly = butterfly). A compound word is treated as a distinct word with its own dictionary entry.
  • Portmanteaus omit letters from the original words (e.g., Spanish + English = Spanglish) to combine the original words’ sounds and meanings. Portmanteaus are often treated as casual or informal, though some become widely accepted and have their own dictionary entries.
What is the difference between a malapropism and a spoonerism?

Malapropisms and spoonerisms are both humorous linguistic errors and literary devices. However, there is a key difference:

  • Malapropisms confuse similar-sounding words.
  • Spoonerisms mix up the initial sounds of multiple words within a phrase.

For example, “You have tasted two whole worms” (meaning “You have wasted two whole terms”) is a classic spoonerism from a 1911 issue of The Strand Magazine.

AI Proofreader

What’s the difference between the AI Proofreader and Word’s autocorrect feature?

Our AI Proofreader has been trained on academic texts. It also addresses commonly confused words, and it’s more accurate than Word’s autocorrect feature. Word’s autocorrect feature usually operates on a word level, whereas our AI Proofreader can proofread on the sentence and, to an extent, even the paragraph level. Because it’s more accurate and fixes more than just grammar mistakes, our AI Proofreader identifies and corrects more mistakes overall. Furthermore, because you check your document with our AI Proofreader after you’ve finished writing it, your workflow won’t be interrupted.

How secure is my document with the AI proofreader?

Rest assured: Your documents are safe. The document you upload is deleted immediately after it’s been processed by our AI Proofreader, and your processed document will automatically be deleted from our servers after 12 months. If you’d like to delete the stored copy of your document sooner, you can do so manually through your user profile at any time. For more information, please consult our articles on how we ensure the security of your documents.

What English dialects can the AI proofreader check?

For now, the AI Proofreader only corrects based on the conventions of US English. We will add other dialects at a later stage.

What kind of documents can I upload?

You can only upload .docx (Word) files to the AI Proofreader.

 

 

Is the AI proofreader suitable for people who don’t speak English as their first language?

Absolutely! The AI Proofreader is particularly useful for non-native English speakers, as it can detect mistakes that may have gone unnoticed.

 

 

Do I need to download anything to use this tool?

There’s no need for any downloads! You can use our AI Proofreader right in your web browser. Just upload your document and sit back; you’ll receive a revised version of your document within 10 minutes.

Can the AI proofreader detect plagiarism?

No; the AI Proofreader currently focuses on grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. If you’re interested in detecting any potential plagiarism in a document, we recommend that you consider our Plagiarism Checker. The AI Proofreader is included for free in that service.

Can I review and approve the changes made by the AI proofreader?

Absolutely! Every change suggested by the AI Proofreader is indicated as a tracked change in Word. You can decide which changes to accept or reject in your document, and, if you’re feeling confident, you can even accept all of the changes with just one click.

 

 

How much does the AI proofreader cost?

The cost is $9.95 per document, no matter the length. You won’t pay more based on the number of words or characters. Our AI Proofreader is ideal for academic papers and dissertations!

What is the turnaround time for the AI proofreader?

The exact time depends on the length of your document, but, in most cases, the proofreading will be completed within a maximum of 10 minutes.

Will the AI proofreader also edit my reference list?

No.To make sure that your reference list isn’t disrupted, we’ve implemented suppression rules in our model.

Is there a free trial available?

No. You can, however, get a free report that tells you exactly how many and what kinds of mistakes there are in your document.

AI Detector

Does it detect content generated by ChatGPT, GPT4, or Gemini?

Scribbr’s AI Detectors can confidently detect most English texts generated by popular tools like ChatGPT, Gemini, and Copilot.

Our free AI detector can detect GPT2, GPT3, and GPT3.5 with average accuracy, while the Premium AI Detector has high accuracy and the ability to detect GPT4.

How accurate is the AI detection software?

Our AI Detector can detect most texts generated by popular tools like ChatGPT and Bard. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy. The software works especially well with longer texts but can make mistakes if the AI output was prompted to be less predictable or was edited or paraphrased after being generated.

Our research into the best AI detectors indicates that no tool can provide complete accuracy; the highest accuracy we found was 84% in a premium tool or 68% in the best free tool.

How do I interpret the AI score?

The AI score is a percentage between 0% and 100%, indicating the likelihood that a text has been generated by AI.

Can the AI content detector tool suggest improvements for my content?

No, Scribbr’s AI Detector will only give you a percentage between 0% and 100% that shows how much AI-generated content is in your text.

Can Scribbr’s AI content detector tool detect plagiarism?

No. Our AI content checker can only inform you of AI-generated content. Our Plagiarism Checker can help prevent unintentional plagiarism in your writing.

Punctuation Checker

Is it cheating to use a punctuation checker when writing your paper?

It isn’t. Grammar checkers are acceptable in universities because they do not raise plagiarism concerns and aren’t considered unauthorized tools that provide an unfair advantage. Using a punctuation checker is just as legal as hiring a proofreader.

Does the punctuation checker also fix sentence structure?

Because this is an advanced punctuation checker, it also gives you suggestions for grammatically incorrect sentences.

Spell Checker

How is the Scribbr spell checker different from Word’s built-in spell checker?

Scribbr’s spell checker finds typos and misused words, unlike other spell checkers. It considers the context—the sentence’s subject and meaning—and the spelling and meaning of a word.

Which languages does the spell checker support?

English, German, and French are supported. Because there are different English dialects worldwide, this spell checker supports US, UK, Canadian, and Australian English.

Is the spell checker free?

Yes, it is. It’s also completely ad-free, and no sign-up is required.

Paraphrasing Tool

What’s the difference between paraphrasing, rephrasing, and rewording?

The act of putting someone else’s ideas or words into your own words is called paraphrasing, rephrasing, or rewording. Even though they are often used interchangeably, the terms can mean slightly different things:

Paraphrasing is restating someone else’s ideas or words in your own words while retaining their meaning. Paraphrasing changes sentence structure, word choice, and sentence length to convey the same meaning.

Rephrasing may involve more substantial changes to the original text, including changing the order of sentences or the overall structure of the text.

Rewording is changing individual words in a text without changing its meaning or structure, often using synonyms.

Does the paraphrasing tool improve the readability and tone of the content?

It can. One of the two methods of paraphrasing is called “Fluency.” This will improve the language and fix grammatical errors in the text you’re paraphrasing.

Is using a paraphrasing tool considered cheating?

Paraphrasing and using a paraphrasing tool aren’t cheating. It’s a great tool for saving time and coming up with new ways to express yourself in writing.  However, always be sure to credit your sources. Avoid plagiarism. 

Why are citations an important element in paraphrasing content?

If you don’t properly cite text paraphrased from another source, you’re plagiarizing. If you use someone else’s text and paraphrase it, you need to credit the original source. You can do that by using citations. There are different styles, like APA, MLA, Harvard, and Chicago. Find more information about citing sources here.

Is paraphrasing considered plagiarism?

Paraphrasing without crediting the original author is a form of plagiarism, because you’re presenting someone else’s ideas as if they were your own.

However, paraphrasing is not plagiarism if you correctly cite the source. This means including an in-text citation and a full reference, formatted according to your required citation style.

As well as citing, make sure that any paraphrased text is completely rewritten in your own words.

What is the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing?

Plagiarism means using someone else’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own. Paraphrasing means putting someone else’s ideas in your own words.

So when does paraphrasing count as plagiarism?

  • Paraphrasing is plagiarism if you don’t properly credit the original author.
  • Paraphrasing is plagiarism if your text is too close to the original wording (even if you cite the source). If you directly copy a sentence or phrase, you should quote it instead.
  • Paraphrasing is not plagiarism if you put the author’s ideas completely in your own words and properly cite the source.

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Grammar Checker

What’s the Scribbr Grammar Checker?

The Scribbr Grammar Checker is a tailor-made AI-powered tool that can correct basic language, grammar, style, and spelling errors. We run it so that our editors are free to focus on what they do best: making sure that your paper is free of more nuanced mistakes and providing you with helpful feedback and writing tips.

The Scribbr Grammar Checker is a pro at correcting basic mistakes – and a human editor will still be carefully reviewing your full text – so you can rest assured that your paper is in very good hands!

When you receive back a document that has been reviewed by the Scribbr Grammar Checker, you’ll see two sets of tracked changes in it: one set from the grammar checker and one set from your editor. That way, you can easily tell who made what changes in your paper.

Not sure how tracked changes work in Word or how to review your edited file? Read our handy guide to learn more.

What’s the best grammar checker?

We tested ten of the most popular free grammar checkers to see how many errors they could fix in our sample text and deducted points for any new errors introduced. We also evaluated the tools’ usability.

When compared all the other grammar checkers we tested for this comparison and Scribbr performed exceptionally well. It was successful in detecting and correcting 19 of the 20 errors. See the full review here.

What can you do if the grammar checker finds an error that’s not really an error?

If our grammar checker flags an error that is not actually an error, you have several options:

1. Ignore the error: Most grammar checkers allow users to skip or ignore suggestions they do not agree with or find irrelevant. If you are confident that the flagged “error” is not an issue, you can bypass the suggestion and move on to the next one.

2. Review the context: Take a moment to thoroughly review the context surrounding the flagged error. Sometimes, the initial correct usage might still create confusion or ambiguity within the specific context, and reconsidering the phrasing could improve overall clarity.

Does this grammar checker do more than fix grammar mistakes?

Yes, this grammar checker covers the following mistakes:

1. Grammar: Correction of grammatical errors such as subject-verb agreement, tense usage, and sentence structure

2. Spelling: identification and correction of spelling errors, including typos and commonly confused words.

3. Punctuation: Detection and rectification of punctuation errors, including incorrect use of commas, periods, colons, and other punctuation.

4. Word choice errors: Catch words that sound similar but aren’t, like their vs. they’re and your vs. you’re.

 

Can I use this grammar checker for free?

Yes. There’s no sign up or payment required to use the grammar checker.

Can I check my email, social media or any other communication to see if there are any grammar mistakes?

Yes. The grammar checker fixes any text, no matter what the medium is.

What makes the Scribbr spell check unique?

The Scribbr grammar checker finds more errors than many other tools and is particularly user-friendly:

  • Winner: In our test comparison, the Scribbr grammar checker found 19 out of 20 errors, putting it in first place.
  • No registration required: You don’t need an account to use the grammar checker.
  • No limits: There is no character or word limit.
  • Ad-free: There is no advertising on Scribbr to distract from the tool.

For more details, feel free to read our test of the best English grammar checkers.

Self-Plagiarism Checker

What is the difference between the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker and the Scribbr Self-Plagiarism Checker?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker uses Turnitin’s official software and compares your work against a database with billions of sources. If you purchase a plagiarism check, a self-plagiarism check is included.

The Scribbr Self-Plagiarism Checker uses sources that you upload yourself, such as previously submitted work or the work of your peers. Copying or paraphrasing too closely from unpublished works is still plagiarism, and it’s easy to do accidentally.

How can I add sources to the Scribbr Self-Plagiarism Checker?

It’s easy! You can add sources to the Scribbr Self-Plagiarism Checker in the following formats:

  • .pdf files
  • .docx or .doc files
  • .txt files

Note that if a document has a different file format from those listed above, we recommend converting it to .pdf or .docx.

You can also copy any text passages (e.g., from a website) directly into the checker.

What is the Scribbr Self-Plagiarism Checker?

The Scribbr Self-Plagiarism Checker is a unique plagiarism checker that allows you to customize the sources you check.

Sources you can add to the Self-Plagiarism Checker include:

  • Your own past work
  • Unpublished work from your fellow students
  • Unpublished PDFs
  • Internet pages (copied and pasted directly into the checker)

Text Summarizer

Can the summarizer tool handle complex or technical language?

Yes, it can. The AI has been trained on a big dataset, so technical or complex data won’t be a problem for the text summarizer.

How much text can the summarizer tool handle at once?

At the moment, a maximum of 600 words can be summarized at once, within a few seconds. Want to summarize more? Just paste another block of text. There’s no limit on how much text you can summarize with our text summarizer.

 

Can the summarizer make several versions of the same text, each with a different level of detail?

The text summarizer can give you a longer or shorter summary, depending on your wishes. Want a more detailed summary? Just adjust the summary length at the top.

 

Scribbr Plagiarism Checker

What is the difference between the free and premium report?

The free report tells you if your text contains potential plagiarism and other writing issues. The premium report gives you the resources you need to review issues in detail and resolve them.

Free report Premium report (from $19.95)
Plagiarism Checker

  • Plagiarism risk assessment
  • Top matching sources

Grammar Checker

  • Number of writing issues
Plagiarism Checker

  • Precise similarity percentage
  • Complete list of matching sources
  • Document view to quickly review similarities
  • Side-by-side comparison with the original text
  • Upload private documents

Grammar Checker

  • Downloadable Word document with all your writing issues corrected using Track Changes

AI Detector

  • Precise AI writing percentage
What does a “high” or “moderate” risk of plagiarism mean?

Scribbr’s free plagiarism checker estimates the risk of plagiarism by calculating the percentage of text in your document that’s similar to other sources.

A moderate or high risk of plagiarism means that the plagiarism software detected several similarities worth reviewing.

Note that similarities are not necessarily plagiarism. You will need to decide on your own whether your text needs revision or citation.

I don’t recognize a source found by the plagiarism checker. What now?

Information can often be found in more than one place. For this reason, other sources citing the same information you used can come up in your Sources Overview.

The important thing is to make sure you’ve cited the source of the material. Try to find the original source, but if you can’t find it, it’s best to cite the source where you found the information.

Why are similarities marked in different colors?

Similarities in your document are highlighted for quick and easy review. Each color corresponds to a source in your Sources Overview at the right side of your report.

How accurate is Scribbr’s plagiarism checker?

Extensive testing proves that Scribbr’s plagiarism checker is one of the most accurate plagiarism checkers on the market in 2022.

The software detects everything from exact word matches to synonym swapping. It also has access to a full range of source types, including open- and restricted-access journal articles, theses and dissertations, websites, PDFs, and news articles.

Will I get a 100% match at my school if I use the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

No, you will never get a 100% match because the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker does not store documents in a public database.

How can I change the settings of my plagiarism report?

You can change the settings of your report by clicking on the gear icon which is displayed just above the similarity score.

The settings allow you to exclude search repositories or ignore small matches, quoted material, or references in your bibliography.

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Will my sources/document be stored in a (shared) database?

No, the Self-Plagiarism Checker does not store your document in any public database.

In addition, you can delete all your personal information and documents from the Scribbr server as soon as you’ve received your plagiarism report.

What can I do if I am not satisfied with the results of the Plagiarism Checker?

Are you not satisfied with the results of the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker, or are you experiencing difficulties with the document? Find out what to do when…

  • you cannot see your plagiarism results: Try opening the results in Google Chrome, or request a PDF copy.
  • you see an error message in the header of your document: Don’t worry – you can ignore the error message.
  • you see “Error! Bookmark not defined” in your table of contents: Don’t worry – this error doesn’t affect your results.
  • you are not satisfied with your similarity score: The similarity score shows you what percentage of your text the software found in sources in the Turnitin database. That means we cannot change your score.However, you can reduce the similarities yourself by following our simple guides to interpreting the report and avoiding plagiarism. Then the similarity score of your submitted paper will be much lower. If you want to see your new score after following these guides, you can purchase a second check.
  • you are not 100% happy with our service: Read about our 100% happiness guarantee and fill in the feedback form. We will contact you within 24 hours.
Why did the Plagiarism Check not find my copied fragment?

If you copied a fragment from a source and the Plagiarism Check did not find it, there are four possible explanations.

You paraphrased the fragment

If you paraphrased the original text by using different words and/or changing their order, the fragment will no longer be detected by the plagiarism software.

You can test this by searching the fragment in double quotation marks on Google. If no results are returned, you successfully paraphrased. Note that you still need to cite the source of the original idea.

However, if Google did return a result but our software did not highlight it, this might mean that…

The source is not part of our database

The Turnitin database used by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker contains 99.3 billion current and historical webpages and 8 million journal articles and books. However, it’s possible that the source you used is an inaccessible publication or a student paper that is not part of our database. Even if you’re certain that the source is publicly accessible, it might not yet have been added to the database. Turnitin is constantly updating its database by searching the internet and adding new publications. You can expect the source to be added in the near future.

To cater to this, we have the Self-Plagiarism Checker at Scribbr. Just upload any document you used and start the check. You can repeat this as often as you like with all your sources. With your Plagiarism Check order, you get a free pass to use the Self-Plagiarism Checker. Simply upload them to your similarity report and let us do the rest!

The “Exclude Small Matches” number is set too high

By default, the plagiarism report shows similarities of 9 words or more. If the fragment you copied is shorter than that, it will not be shown in the report.

You can manually adjust the minimum length in order to show shorter similarities. Find out how to do that here.

Your document was not readable

If you uploaded a PDF file, it is possible that your document is not machine readable or was converted to an image instead of text. As a result, no similarities will be found.

To test if the text in your PDF is readable, you can copy and paste the document into a text editor (e.g. Microsoft Word, Notepad, TextEdit). If the text editor shows the same text as the PDF, then the text will also be readable by our plagiarism software.

If you know that you used a fragment, but it wasn’t found by our plagiarism software, it’s best to paraphrase or quote it anyway (and be sure to cite the source). It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Can you use Turnitin for free?

Yes, Scribbr offers a limited free version of its plagiarism checker in partnership with Turnitin. It uses Turnitin’s industry-leading plagiarism detection technology and has access to most content databases.

Run a free plagiarism check

If you’re a university representative, you can contact the sales department of Turnitin.

Scribbr is an authorized Turnitin partner

What plagiarism and AI detection software does Scribbr use?

Scribbr’s Plagiarism Checker is powered by elements of Turnitin’s Similarity Checker, namely the plagiarism detection software and the Internet Archive and Premium Scholarly Publications content databases.

The add-on AI detector is powered by Scribbr’s proprietary software.

To which databases will my document be compared?

Your document will be compared to the world’s largest and fastest-growing content database, containing over:

  • 99.3 billion current and historical webpages.
  • 8 million publications from more than 1,700 publishers such as Springer, IEEE, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, and Taylor & Francis.

Note: Scribbr does not have access to Turnitin’s global database with student papers. Only your university can add and compare submissions to this database.

What languages are supported by the plagiarism checker?

Scribbr’s plagiarism checker offers complete support for 20 languages, including English, Spanish, German, Arabic, and Dutch.

The add-on AI Detector and AI Proofreader are only available in English.

The complete list of supported languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
I ordered the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker in combination with Proofreading & Editing. When should I start the Plagiarism Checker?

If you purchased a Plagiarism Checker in combination with our Proofreading & Editing service, you can start the Plagiarism Checker anytime at your convenience.

Scribbr recommends using the Plagiarism Checker after you have received your document and gone through all of the edits. Then you can upload the most recent version of your paper and avoid having to manually transfer changes from one document to another.

Will my teacher or supervisor see my submissions to Scribbr?

No, your teacher, professor, or admissions officer will not be able to see your submissions at Scribbr because they’re not added to any shared or public databases.

Can other plagiarism checkers see my submissions to Scribbr?

Your writing stays private. Your submissions to Scribbr are not published in any public database, so no other plagiarism checker (including those used by universities) will see them.

Will Scribbr give the same result as my university’s plagiarism checker?

If your university uses Turnitin, the result will be very similar to what you see at Scribbr.

The only possible difference is that your university may compare your submission to a private database containing previously submitted student papers. Scribbr does not have access to these private databases (and neither do other plagiarism checkers).

To cater to this, we have the Self-Plagiarism Checker at Scribbr. Just upload any document you used and start the check. You can repeat this as often as you like with all your sources. With your Plagiarism Check order, you get a free pass to use the Self-Plagiarism Checker. Simply upload them to your similarity report and let us do the rest!

Can institutions buy plagiarism checks for a discounted price?

Yes, if you are interested in buying more than 25 plagiarism checks, please fill in this form. We will get back to you within the next two working days!

For questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to info@scribbr.com.

How can I download my plagiarism report as a PDF?

You can download or print your plagiarism report using the “Share” button in the bottom-left corner of your plagiarism report.

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How do I exclude irrelevant similarities from my similarity score?

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Sometimes the Scribbr Plagiarism Check finds similarities that are not forms of plagiarism, such as references and correctly cited sources. You can exclude these irrelevant similarities from your total similarity score.

Exclude similarities:
Step 1: Open your Plagiarism Check results.
Step 2: Click on the highlighted similarity that you would like to exclude.
Step 3: Click on the “Exclude” button on the right.

The similarity is now excluded from your total similarity score.

If you have excluded multiple sources from your total similarity score, then you might see an error message in your Plagiarism Check results. Unfortunately, this is a problem that we cannot fix at the moment.

If you encounter this issue, you can simply ignore all irrelevant similarities and subtract their score from your total similarity score. This allows you to calculate your actual similarity score by yourself.

What do I do with a found similarity?

Review every similarity for plagiarism, and decide whether or not you need to revise your text.

  1. Review the similarity, and think about whether or not the match makes sense to you.
  2. Revise the snippet if necessary. You can do so by paraphrasing or quoting. Always cite your sources.
I uploaded the wrong document to the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker. Can I get a free new check?

If you accidentally uploaded the wrong document to the Plagiarism Checker, Scribbr will not refund you for this check or give you a discount for another check. The check starts automatically upon payment, which is why we cannot change your document anymore.

What does a similarity score of 0% mean?

A similarity score of 0% means that our plagiarism software didn’t find any similarities between your document and other documents in our database.

On average, only 1 out of 150 students achieve this. Congratulations!

What is an acceptable percentage of plagiarism?

Your work should not contain any plagiarism. Even if your score is 1%, you will need to review each similarity and decide whether it’s necessary to revise your work.

But contrary to popular belief, plagiarism checkers work by detecting similarities, not plagiarism. Not all similarities are plagiarism. Similarities can be:

  • Properly cited quotes
  • In-text citations or your reference list entries
  • Commonly used phrases

    What should I do with a found similarity?

    What does my similarity score mean?

    Your similarity score shows you what percentage of your text is found within sources in the comparison database.

    For example, if your score is 15%, then 15% of the content you wrote is unoriginal, as it matches text in the database.

    You will have to review each similarity and decide whether or not you need to revise your work.

    What is a good score? How do I update my work?

    Why can’t I see my Plagiarism Check results?

    If you’re unable to view the Plagiarism Check results in your browser, please try the following two solutions:

    1. Are you using Google Chrome?

    We’ve found that using Google Chrome resolves most issues related to the results page. First, try using Google Chrome to open your Plagiarism Check results. If you are already using Google Chrome, or if this solution does not work, then proceed to the second solution.

    2. Contact support for a PDF copy of the results.

    If the first solution doesn’t work, you can contact our support team via chat or email and request a PDF copy of the results via email. This way, you can still review and process the results. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Can I check my document for plagiarism more than once?

    Scribbr checks your document for plagiarism only once. You can use the “exclude text” feature to exclude similarities that you’ve resolved, which automatically updates your similarity score.

    If you would like to recheck your entire document, you can purchase a new plagiarism check at the regular price. We don’t currently offer a subscription service.

    What should I do with a quote found by the check?

    Sometimes a quote is marked as a similarity by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker. A quote is not a form of plagiarism, but you do have to ensure you have properly cited the original source.

    If you’re certain that you have correctly quoted and cited, you can exclude the similarity from your plagiarism score.

    Below we briefly explain the rules for quoting in APA Style.

    Quotes under 40 words

    When quoting fewer than 40 words, use double quotation marks around the quote, and provide an APA in-text citation that includes the author, the year, and a page number or range.

    Horváth and Kovács (2020) argue that plagiarism is often a matter of confusion rather than deception” (p. 4).
    A recent study of student plagiarism found that plagiarism is often a matter of confusion rather than deception (Horváth & Kovács, 2020, p. 4).

    Quotes over 40 words

    If the quote contains 40 words or more, format it as a block quote, which begins on a new line and is indented in its entirety. Include an in-text citation after the period.

    Sometimes it is necessary to quote a source at length:

    Block quoting is particularly useful when you want to comment on an author’s language or present an argument that you will then critique. By setting the quote on a new line and indenting it, the passage is clearly marked apart from your own words. Therefore, no quotation marks are necessary. (O’Connor, 2019, p. 38)
    Why does the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker regard a source in my reference list as a similarity?

    The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker detect similarities between your paper and a comprehensive database of web and publication content. Because many students write their references in the same way (for instance in APA Style), a plagiarism checker finds many similarities with these sources.

    A reference found by the check is not a form of plagiarism. Therefore, there is no need to take action.

    How to exclude your reference list from your results:

    You can exclude matches from your reference list in your Plagiarism Check results. However, please be aware that this might not always work, depending on your document.

    Step 1: Open your Plagiarism Check results.
    Step 2: Click the settings button in the “Sources overview” (see picture below).
    Step 3: Select exclude reference list (see picture below).
    Step 4: Click “Done.”
    Step 1 - Deselect Reference list

    Step 2 - Deselect Reference list

    Why do I see an error message in the header of my document?

    No worries! This error does not influence the accuracy of your Plagiarism Check results.

    If you have inserted a chapter or section title in the header of your document, then you might see an error message in your Plagiarism Check results.

    Plagiarism error in header

    Instead of the title, you will see an error message like the one above. Unfortunately, this is a problem that we cannot fix.

    Our check may flag these error messages as similarities. You can ignore these similarities.

     

    Why do I see “Error! Bookmark not defined” in my table of contents?

    No worries! This error does not influence the accuracy of your Plagiarism Check results.

    If you have an automatic table of contents and/or list of figures and tables, then you might see an error message instead of the page numbers. The error message might look like this: “Error! Bookmark not defined.”

    Unfortunately, this is something we cannot fix. Our check may flag these error messages as similarities. You can ignore these similarities.

    Plagiarism check - Error! bookmark not found

    Which file formats are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

    The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker is able to work with the following file formats:

    • Doc
    • Docx
    • Pdf
    • Odt

    The format you use doesn’t influence the final result. If you’re working with a format not listed here, we recommend converting it prior to submitting.

    Can I buy a monthly subscription for the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

    At the moment we do not offer a monthly subscription for the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker. This means you won’t be charged on a recurring basis – you only pay for what you use. We believe this provides you with the flexibility to use our service as frequently or infrequently as you need, without being tied to a contract or recurring fee structure.

    You can find an overview of the prices per document here:

    Small document (up to 7,500 words) $19.95
    Normal document (7,500-50,000 words) $29.95
    Large document (50,000+ words) $39.95

    Please note that we can’t give refunds if you bought the plagiarism check thinking it was a subscription service as communication around this policy is clear throughout the order process.

    How does the “Exclude Small Matches” feature in the plagiarism report work?

    By default, the plagiarism report only shows similarities of 9 words or more.

    length of similarity

    You can change the minimum length of a similarity yourself in order to exclude small matches from the plagiarism report.

    What is the best value for the “Exclude Small Matches” setting?

    The ideal minimum length of similarities is different per case. In general, we believe that setting the minimum to 8 words results in too many small similarities that are unlikely to be plagiarism. That’s why the default value is set to 9.

    However, if you believe that your document contains many small similarities that are not plagiarism (like these), you can try changing the setting to 10 or 11 to get a more accurate view of the potential plagiarism in your document.

    Proceed with caution, since increasing the number might hide potential plagiarism in your report.

    How can I change this “Exclude Small Matches” setting?

    1) Click on the gear icon on the top right of the plagiarism report

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    2) Fill in your desired minimum similarity length

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    3) Click “Done” to go back to the “Sources overview”

    When should I change the “Exclude Small Matches” value?

    For most people, there is no need to change this value. However, if you want more control over the similarities shown in your report and you think that most of the small similarities are not relevant, you can increase this number.

    Please proceed with caution, since increasing this number might hide potential plagiarism in your report. Decreasing the value is not recommended.

    What happens when you decrease the “Exclude Small Matches”?

    If you decrease this number, shorter similarities will be included in the report. This means you will see more similarities and a higher similarity percentage.

    However, most of these extra similarities are unlikely to be instances of plagiarism. Short similarities are often the result of common phrases that appear in many different sources.

    What happens when you increase the “Exclude Small Matches”?

    If you increase this number, only longer similarities will be included in the report. This means you will see fewer similarities and a lower similarity percentage.

    Since the similarities are longer, the similarities you now see are more likely to be plagiarism.

    However, by excluding the smaller similarities, you might miss some instances of potential plagiarism.

    Proofreading and editing

    How can I contact Scribbr?

    Our support team is here to help you daily via chat, WhatsApp, email, or phone between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. CET.

    Can you help me meet my word count limit?

    Yes! Our personal statement editors can help you reduce your word count by up to 25%. You can choose to receive this feedback through direct edits or suggestions in comments – just select your choice when you upload your personal statement.

    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 reserve a time slot for my edit in advance?

    It is not necessary to reserve a time slot for your edit. As soon as your document is ready to be proofread, you can upload it at any time via our website. Based on your chosen deadline, our editor(s) will then proofread your document within 24 hours, 3 days, or 7 days.

    If you are unsure about the availability of our services or are planning to upload a very large document (>13,000 words) with a 24 hour deadline, we recommend that you contact us beforehand via chat or email.

    Is Scribbr still operating despite COVID-19?

    Scribbr is following the guidelines announced by the WHO (World Health Organization). As an online platform, all our services remain available, and we will continue to help students as usual.

    Can I still place an order? Will my order be completed within the deadline?
    Yes, you can still place orders and orders will be delivered within the agreed upon deadline. Scribbr is an online platform – our proofreading & editing services are provided by editors working remotely from all over the world. This means Scribbr can guarantee that we will process your order with the same diligence and professionalism as always. The same holds true for our Plagiarism Checker.

    Can I still contact customer support?
    Yes. Our support team is available from 09.00 to 23.00 CET and happy to answer any questions you might have!

    Can I get a sample edit?

    Yes, if your document is longer than 20,000 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 12 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

    How does the sample edit work?

    When you upload a large document (20,000+ words), we will ask your editor to send a sample edit of approximately 2,000 words as soon as possible. This sample edit gives you a first impression of your editor’s editing style and what you can expect from the service. You will receive it within 12 hours after uploading your order.

    Why do we provide you with a sample edit?

    We always aim to make you 100% happy, and Proofreading & Editing is a complex service. We want to make sure that our editing style meets your expectations before the editor improves your entire document.

    Our editors are trained to follow Scribbr’s academic style. However, your preferences might deviate from our conventions. The sample edit gives you the chance to provide feedback – you can let us know if you’re happy with the sample or if there’s something you would like the editor to do differently.

    How does the sample edit work?

    Once your editor has completed your sample edit, you will receive a notification via email. You have 24 hours to reply to this email and provide us with feedback. If we receive your feedback in time, your editor will go the extra mile and adjust the edit according to your input.

    What sort of feedback can you give?

    Give us feedback that will help your editor meet your requirements. For example:

    • “I am completely happy. The editor can continue editing like this.”
    • “I forgot to mention that my school has the following rules for gendered pronouns.”
    • “The editor changed the spelling of a technical term, but my professor spells it differently. Please keep the original spelling of this term.”
    Can I order a Structure Check, Clarity Check or Paper Formatting service separately?

    The Structure and Clarity Check can only be purchased in conjunction with Proofreading & Editing. Providing feedback on structure and clarity requires extensive knowledge of the text, which the editor acquires while proofreading and editing your text.

    However, our Paper Formatting Service, Citation Editing Service and Plagiarism Checker can be purchased separately.

    My document includes an abstract in another language. Does Scribbr also proofread this summary?

    Yes, Scribbr will proofread the summary in another language as well.

    Who will proofread my summary?

    If your document contains a summary in a different language, we will send this part to another editor who is a native speaker of that language. The editor will check your summary, applying our standard Proofreading & Editing service.

    If you ordered any additional services, such as the Structure Check or Clarity Check, the editor will not apply them to your summary. This is because the summary is a translation of your abstract – you already receive Structure and Clarity feedback on the text in the original language. Therefore, when proofreading your summary, the editor will focus on making sure your language and style is correct.

    How does it work?

    We will create a new assignment within your order and send you a confirmation email. This also means that you will receive a separate email/SMS notification from us when the editor has finished proofreading your summary. Once your summary is proofread, you can download it via your Scribbr account and read the editor’s feedback.

    Can I receive a certificate of proofreading?

    Yes, we can provide a certificate of proofreading.

    As soon as the editor delivers the edit, you can email us at info@scribbr.com to request a certificate.

    Please indicate the following in your email:

    • Your order number
    • Your full name
    • The title of your work

    We will create a PDF certificate and email it to you as soon as possible.

    Can I use the edited document as the final document to hand in at my university?

    Yes, when you accept all changes and delete all comments your document is ready to be handed in.

    How to accept all changes:

    Accept changes Word 2013
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    Accept changes Word 2010
    Accept changes (Word 2010)
    Accept changes Word 2007
    Accept changes (Word 2007)
    Accept changes Word 2003
    Accept changes (Word 2003)
    Accept changes for Mac 2011
    Accept changes (Word for Mac 2011)

    How to remove all comments:

    Delete comment Word 2013
    Delete comment (Word 2013)
    Delete comment Word 2010
    Delete comment (Word 2010)
    Delete comment Word 2007
    Delete comment  (Word 2007)
    Delete comment Word 2003
    Delete comment (Word 2003)
    Delete comment Word for Mac 2011
    Delete comment (Word for Mac 2011)

    When you’ve finished this, others will no longer be able to see the changes made by the editor.

    Two tips

    1. Read your last version one last time to make sure everything is the way you want it.
    2. Save your document as a .pdf file to come across more professional and to ensure the format of your document doesn’t change.
    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.

    Can I upload my thesis in sections?

    Yes, you can upload your thesis in sections.

    We try our best to ensure that the same editor checks all the different sections of your thesis. 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 bigger the risk 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.

    However, every editor has a slightly different editing style, so you may notice small inconsistencies in editing choices. As with every proofreading order, be sure to carefully review your editor’s changes and suggestions as you finalize your text to ensure that everything is as you want it.

    How fast can Scribbr proofread my document?

    The fastest turnaround time is 12 hours.

    You can upload your document at any time and choose between four deadlines:

    • Same day delivery
      • 3 hours
      • 6 hours
      • 12 hours
    • 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.

    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.

    View an example

    Which languages are supported by the Scribbr Proofreading & Editing services?

    Scribbr not only specializes in proofreading and editing texts in English, but also in several other languages. This way, we help out students from all over the world.

    As a global academic writing proofreading service, we work with professional editors – all native speakers – who edit in the following languages:

    • English
    • German
    • Dutch
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Italian
    • Danish
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish

    This way, you can also have your academic writing proofread and edited in your second language!

    Please note that we do not offer Finnish proofreading, but students can still upload English papers on scribbr.fi.

    Can Scribbr proofread my document during weekends and holidays?

    Yes, regardless of the deadline you choose, our editors can proofread your document during weekends and holidays.

    Example: If you select the 12-hour service on Saturday, you will receive your edited document back within 12 hours on Sunday.

    Are the footnotes included in the word count?

    The footnotes are not automatically included in the word count.

    If you want the language errors in your footnotes to be corrected by the editor, you can indicate this in step 3 of the upload process. The words in the footnotes are then automatically added to the total word count.

    Need help with your references?

    Can I get a free trial edit?

    To keep our prices competitive, we do not offer a free trial edit. However, if your document is longer than 30,000 words, we are happy to provide you with a sample edit of 2,000 words to ensure you are satisfied with the editor’s editing style.

    Rest assured, our customers are very satisfied with our proofreading services. We’re proud that they have rated us with an excellent 4.6 on Trustpilot. In the unlikely event that you have a less positive experience, we’ll solve that with our 100% happiness guarantee!

    How do I receive my thesis when the editor has finished the edit?

    After your thesis has been edited, you will receive an email with a link to download the edited 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 much by looking at what mistakes you have made.
    • The editors do not only change the text, they also place comments when sentences or sometimes even entire paragraphs are unclear. We therefore advise you to read through these comments and take into account your editor’s tips and suggestions.
    • Because of the many changes, sometimes there may be double spaces, double periods, or other minor mistakes in a sentence. Checking the changes one by one, you can easily detect these minor errors.

    We have written a manual in which we explain step by step how ‘Track Changes’ works.

    Check out an example

    Can you guarantee that my thesis will be 100% error free?

    Our editors are very experienced and will do their utmost to correct all errors in your thesis.

    However, with our current rates, an editor can only check your thesis once. This may cause an editor to overlook an error. We can therefore not guarantee that your thesis is 100% error free after you have had your thesis edited.

    How does ‘Track Changes’ work?

    The editor uses ‘Track Changes’ in Word when editing your thesis.

    Don’t know how this works? Then read the following guide in which we explain step by step how ‘Track Changes’ works.

    Do you provide a clean copy of my document?

    No, we do not provide you with a clean copy. You will always receive a file edited with tracked changes.

    We do this for two main reasons:

    • In most papers, there are sentences that the editor cannot edit without additional information from the author. In these cases, your editor will provide guidance but leave you to implement the feedback. If we were to simply accept the changes for you, then these issues would be left unaddressed.
    • We believe students should be accountable for their work. Our editors can correct language errors and coach you to be a better writer. However, the end product belongs to you and should reflect your ideas and decisions.

    Check out an example

    Does the editor understand my field of study?

    All Scribbr editors are language experts with interests in different subject areas.

    You can indicate your field of study when you upload your document. We’ll make sure that the editor who proofreads your work is familiar with your discipline and its specialist vocabulary.

    These are the fields of study you can choose from, and examples of the main subjects in each field:

    • Business and Management: Business Administration, Hotel Management, Accountancy, Marketing
    • Economics: Business 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 Sciences
    • Other

    Editors don’t have to be experts in the content of your paper, but they do know how to present it in the best way possible! Our goal is to improve your writing and give you feedback on the readability, structure, logic, and clarity of your text. We know from experience that the most effective editors are specialists in language and academic writing.

    We’ve carefully selected and trained all of our editors to proofread theses and other academic documents. Once they’re qualified, we continue to carefully monitor their work to make sure we always deliver the highest quality.

    College Essay Editing & Coaching

    How fast can Scribbr review my personal statement?

    We know that waiting for feedback can be nerve-racking. If you select our faster deadline option, you’ll hear from your personal statement editor in 12 hours or less – including on weekends and holidays. 

    Will Scribbr rewrite my personal statement for me?

    We never engage in rewriting or adding text at Scribbr. Our personal statement editors will make grammatical corrections and leave suggestions using Word’s track changes and commenting feature. However, we always make sure that your perspective and voice remain front and center in your essay.

    How fast can Scribbr review my admissions essay?

    We know that waiting for feedback can be nerve-racking. If you select our faster deadline option, you’ll hear from your college essay coach in 12 hours or less – including on weekends and holidays.

    Will my college essay coach give me content advice?

    Yes. All our college essay coaches are subject-matter experts and can help you make decisions regarding the content of your essay. Your coach will help you make a strong case for your admission.

    Our essay coaches will provide feedback on…

    • Whether your topic is appropriate and how to strengthen it
    • Whether your essay demonstrates positive traits and authenticity
    • Whether the narrative flows smoothly and grabs the reader’s attention
    • How to dig deeper and show self-reflection and insight
    • What content is missing and should be added
    • What content is weak and should be removed
    • How to shorten your essay to meet a word count limit

    However, we will never…

    • Write or rewrite content for you
    • Research or fact-check your essay’s content

    If you have any questions, feel free to email info@scribbr.com.

    Can you help me meet my word count limit?

    Yes! Our essay coaches can help you reduce your word count by up to 25%. You can choose to receive this feedback through direct edits or suggestions in comments – just select your choice when you upload your essay.

    What type of content feedback should I select?

    When you submit your essay to our College Essay Editing & Coaching service, you’ll be asked to indicate what type of content feedback you would like to receive. You can choose from three options:

    • Dig deep and challenge me
    • Give me the standard treatment
    • Tread lightly

    Whichever option you choose, you’ll receive in-depth content feedback from your essay coach. However, the type of feedback your essay coach provides may differ, and the option you should choose depends on what outcome you want from the review. You can always elaborate on what type of feedback you want in your note to your essay coach.

    Learn more about the three options below.

    Choose from three options

    Dig deep and challenge me

    If you choose this option, we’ll challenge you to write the best possible essay – no content suggestions are off-limits, including reorienting your topic or reframing your story. Students who choose this option aren’t afraid to go back to the drawing board if it’ll increase their chances of getting accepted. You may have to roll up your sleeves and do some more work on your essay, but your essay will be much stronger because of it.

    Select this option if your priority is to have the best possible essay, even if it requires some extra work on your side.

    Give me the standard treatment

    We’ll strike a balance between “dig deep and challenge me” and “tread lightly.” We may suggest changes to your structure and narrative, including removing weak content, elaborating on certain sections, and adding content to strengthen your arguments. You may have to rework sentences and paragraphs, but we won’t suggest major content changes.

    Tread lightly

    With this option, we’ll focus on improving your essay in a way that requires little additional work from you. We’ll provide you with targeted suggestions for how to refine your essay’s structure and narrative, but we will work within your current structure and topic. While you may have to make a few tweaks here and there, we’ll aim to return you a polished draft that’s ready to be submitted to your chosen colleges.

    Select this option if you are fairly satisfied with your essay and don’t want to make major changes or if you have limited time to revise.

    Questions?

    If you have any questions, feel free to email info@scribbr.com.

    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.

    Uploading and payment details

    It seems like the website is not loading when I try to login or place an order. What should I do?

    Unfortunately, the problem is tied to your internet provider if you live in the United States and use Comcast Cable Communications LLC / Xfinity. We are already in touch with Comcast trying to find a quick solution to the problem.

    Here is what you can do in the meantime:

    1. Please access your account using a different (non-Xfinity/Comcast) wifi network, if available, or mobile data.
    2. Contact Comcast’s support staff directly to report this problem or report it directly via https://spa.xfinity.com/report

    If you continue to experience login troubles or if you have different internet provider than Comcast please do not hesitate to contact our support team so that we can work together to find a solution.

    How long will it take to get my refund?

    We process your refund within 5 business days. Once the refund is processed, the refunded amount will be returned to your original payment method within a few days. Exactly how long this process takes depends on your payment method.

    Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro and Diners Club)
    Visa, Mastercard and Maestro take up to 2 working days.
    American Express takes up to 3 working days.
    Diners Club takes up to 5 working days.

    PayPal
    Takes up to 5 days.

    Alipay
    Takes up to 4 business days.

    WeChat Pay
    Takes up to 5 business days.

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    Instant.

    Scribbr told me that my document has to be split between multiple editors. What does that mean?

    When you upload your document and select a deadline, Scribbr will determine whether one editor can edit the whole document in the selected time period.

    If that is not the case, we will ask you to extend the deadline. If that’s not possible for you, Scribbr has to split the document between multiple editors.

    split order

    You will receive an email notification informing you of which editor will edit which part. The editors will be in contact with each other to ensure consistency.

    This also means that you will receive an email and text message from us whenever one of the editors is finished proofreading. You can login to your account anytime to check the status of your orders.

    Note: You will usually receive your edited documents in parts, which you can simply merge into one. Should you encounter any problems, you can always contact our support team. If your deadline allows it, Scribbr can also merge the different parts for you. Our support team will inform you accordingly when splitting the document.

    What is the maximum file size I can upload?

    Proofreading and editing service

    The maximum file size for the proofreading and editing service is 40MB.

    Unfortunately, the editor cannot check larger documents. This is because we can no longer safely send the document via our server to the editor. In addition, because of its size, the editor will have difficulty with opening and editing the document.

    Plagiarism Check

    We can accommodate up to 400 pages per upload. If your file is too large, then you can split your document and upload it in multiple parts. You will have to pay for each separate file you upload.

    Making the document smaller for the proofreading service

    If your document is larger than 40MB, this is probably due to large images in your document. There are several ways to make the file size smaller.

    1) Compressing images

    Word can compress your images without visible loss of quality. Please see the manual of Microsoft Office about how to compress your images.

    In most cases, the document will be small enough.

    2) Deleting images

    When the images in your document are still too large after compressing them, it is best to delete the largest images until you are below the limit.

    When you feel that this could impede the editor, you can upload a PDF version of your Word document in step 4 of the upload process. We will make sure that the PDF version is sent to the editor so that the editor can always access the PDF version when necessary.

    Is it possible to pay after completing the order or in instalments?

    No, it’s not possible to pay in instalments after the order is completed. Before an editor can start working on your thesis the order must be paid.

    To make it as easy as possible to pay, we offer the following payment methods:

    As soon as you complete your payment, we will receive a notification and send you a payment confirmation. The deadline starts as soon as we’ve received your payment.

    Can I send you my supervisor’s feedback?

    Yes, you can send your supervisor’s feedback to us in an additional document while uploading your thesis or paper. We’ll make sure to pass this feedback on to the editor who will proofread your text.

    Note: It is often more useful to summarize the feedback and ask direct questions to the editor instead of handing over lengthy documents with many requirements. The more information there is the less detailed the editor can answer the questions that are most relevant to you.

    Your editor is already familiar with the requirements for academic writing. Too much information can make it unclear to the editor what to focus on specifically to help you in the best way possible.

    Can I download an invoice?

    Yes, you can download your invoice after you have paid for your order.

    How?

    1. After completing the payment, click on “Order overview.”
    2. Select the “Invoices” tab.
    3. Next to the order, click “download.”

    Invoice FAQ example

    How do I make changes to the invoice?

    If you want to make a change to the invoice (e.g., adding an address), then send an email to info@scribbr.com. In this email, clearly state what you would like to have changed. We will edit it within 3-5 business days.

    Please note that it is not possible to add the VAT identification number.

    Can Scribbr proofread and edit my thesis in LaTeX?

    Yes, we can proofread and edit your LaTeX document. However, because our editors work with the track changes functionality in Word, we will have to convert your LaTeX document to a .docx document (Microsoft Word).

    Converting a LaTeX document into a .docx document is not difficult, but it may mix up the layout of your thesis partly. This means that you need to check the layout afterwards. Next to that, you have to implement all the changes made by the editor in your original LaTeX file.

    Convert to Word

    You can convert your LaTeX file to a .docx file in 3 steps.

    1. Save the LaTeX file as a pdf file.
    2. Open the pdf file with Microsoft Word. (Word automatically converts the pdf to a Word document.)
    3. Save the Microsoft Word file.

    Please contact us if you have any difficulties converting your file yourself. We can convert your document for you.

    Upload pdf version as additional file

    While uploading your document, you can also add your pdf file as an additional file. This may help your editor while editing, because it will show your editor the original formatting of your text.

    What file formats are supported by the thesis Proofreading & Editing service?

    If you would like to have your thesis edited by Scribbr, you can upload your thesis only in the following format:

    • Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)

    The editor will improve your thesis using ‘Track Changes’ in Microsoft Word.  We will always return to you a .docx file. In this Word file you can accept or ignore the changes the editor has made using the ‘Track Changes’ tool in Word. You can convert .odt files to .docx in OpenOffice or LibreOffice.

    Would you like to have your document checked for plagiarism? Then upload your thesis in .doc, .docx or .pdf format. For more information go to Which file formats are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Check?

    How can I upload my thesis?

    We explain how to upload your thesis, how to select the pages that need to be edited and how to pay on the following page: how does it work?

    How do you convert an .odt document to a .docx document?

    When editing your document our editors use ‘Track Changes’ in Word. This is an extremely useful tool with which you can easily see what the editor has done.

    To use this tool, your document needs to be a .doc or .docx document. Sadly, the tool ‘Track Changes’ does not work well for .odt documents

    You can, however, easily convert an .odt document to a .docx document. Below we explain how!

    Step 1:

    Open the .odt document with your word processor (for instance Open Office software like LibreOffice, or simply with Microsoft Word).

    Step 2:

    Save your document with the ‘Save As’ option and save the text as a .docx document. You can select this option  when you are indicating what type of text you are saving (below file name).

    odt-save-as-docx

    How are the rates per word calculated?

    You can easily calculate the costs of editing your thesis using our price calculator.

    The rate per word is as follows:

    Rate per word: 1 week 72 hours 24 hours
    College / University Proofreading & Editing $0.017 $0.0255 $0.034
    Proofreading & Editing + Structure $0.0245 $0.03675 $0.049
    Proofreading & Editing + Clarity $0.0245 $0.03675 $0.049
    Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity $0.032 $0.048 $0.064
    PhD or MBA Proofreading & Editing $0.018 $0.027 $0.036
    Proofreading & Editing + Structure $0.0255 $0.03825 $0.051
    Proofreading & Editing + Clarity $0.0255 $0.03825 $0.051
    Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity $0.033 $0.0495 $0.066

    Next to the rate per word, there is a setup fee of $25.

    Can I upload my thesis in sections?

    Yes, you can upload your thesis in sections.

    We try our best to ensure that the same editor checks all the different sections of your thesis. 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 bigger the risk 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.

    However, every editor has a slightly different editing style, so you may notice small inconsistencies in editing choices. As with every proofreading order, be sure to carefully review your editor’s changes and suggestions as you finalize your text to ensure that everything is as you want it.

    How fast can Scribbr proofread my document?

    The fastest turnaround time is 12 hours.

    You can upload your document at any time and choose between four deadlines:

    • Same day delivery
      • 3 hours
      • 6 hours
      • 12 hours
    • 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 Scribbr proofread my document during weekends and holidays?

    Yes, regardless of the deadline you choose, our editors can proofread your document during weekends and holidays.

    Example: If you select the 12-hour service on Saturday, you will receive your edited document back within 12 hours on Sunday.

    Is it possible to edit (for example) only one or two chapters of my thesis?

    Yes, you can select the pages of your thesis you want to have edited yourself. This way you can, for example, select only your introduction and your conclusion to be edited.

    When you are uploading your thesis you can select which pages you want to have checked in Step 3.

    select the pages

    Check out how you can upload your thesis.

    What payment methods do you accept?

    We accept the following payment methods:

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

    PayPal
    Transaction fee of 3,5%.

    AliPay
    Transaction fee of 3,2%.

    WeChat Pay
    Transaction fee of 2%.

    Apple Pay
    Transaction fee of 2%.

    Google Pay
    Transaction fee of 2%.

    While your editor is at work

    Can I shorten my deadline?

    Scribbr offers a 24-hour, 3-day, and 7-day service. It is not possible to shorten a deadline with a 24-hour order.

    If you contact us early enough, it is possible to shorten the deadline of a 3-day or 7-day order. Please contact us directly to ask if it’s still possible to shorten the deadline. We will assess this depending on the number of words in your paper and our editor availability.

    If the deadline can be shortened, you will need to pay the respective price difference as soon as possible. Support will inform you about the new deadline and send you a payment link to pay for the remaining balance.

    I uploaded the wrong document. Can I replace my document?

    After you place your order, it is not possible to replace the document. If you want to submit a different version of your document, please contact the support team right away.

    Note: If the editor already started working on your document, you will be required to pay for the extra words that need to be edited.

    Can I add an additional service to my order?

    Do you want to add an additional service after you have placed your order? Simply contact our support team to assess whether this is still possible. As long as your editor hasn’t finished editing your document, it’s usually no problem to add an additional check.

    Scribbr will ask you to pay for the additional service right away before we add it to your order. We might also ask you to extend the deadline by a few hours depending on the word count of your paper and the editing time that is left.

    We also encourage our editors to notify us when they think that it would be beneficial for you to order another service on top of proofreading (e.g., a Structure Check or Clarity Check). If this is the case, we make sure to contact you to discuss this first.

    How can I cancel my order?

    Do you want to cancel your proofreading order before you receive the edited text? Please contact us directly as soon as possible.

    If the editor did not start yet, it is possible to cancel the order. We will then refund you the whole amount excluding transaction costs.

    If your order has already been assigned to an editor for proofreading, it’s not possible to cancel the order.

    In this case, support can ask the editor to stop editing. You will have to pay for the pages the editor has edited so far. The editor will not write a feedback letter.

    Note: It is not possible to cancel a plagiarism check because the check is started automatically right after ordering the check.

    Can I add or update important information for my editor?

    After you’ve placed your order, it’s not possible for you to modify your order details.

    If you want to add or update important information for your editor, please contact us directly. Our support team will make sure to forward the information to your editor.

    Can I add an additional document to my order?

    When placing your order, you can upload additional documents (e.g. guidelines, feedback from your supervisor, or a PDF version of your converted LaTeX file). Your editor will be able to view these documents.

    If you have received language-related criteria, then the editor can make sure your paper meets these requirements. If your supervisor has provided other criteria, then your editor can take these into account and make sure you won’t receive advice that contradicts these requirements.

    Note: It is often more useful to summarize your feedback or criteria than to upload lengthy documents. The more information you provide, the less detailed feedback your editor can provide to the questions that are most relevant to you.

    After you’ve placed your order, it’s not possible to change your text or the additional documents through your user profile.

    But, you can just email info@scribbr.com, attaching the additional document. Our support team will then forward the document to the editor.

    If the editor is already almost finished or the deadline is near, the editor will not be able to consider the additional file.

    Will my editor meet the deadline?

    Yes, your editor will meet the deadline. You can double check the deadline and the status of your order in your user profile. You will receive a notification via text message and email as soon as your thesis is ready.

    In the rare event that there is a delay with your order (e.g. due to technical problems), we will contact both you and the editor right away to find the best possible solution.

    Can I receive my edited file in parts, as the editor proofreads them?

    No, you cannot receive part of the edited file if the editor has not yet finished proofreading.

    Our editors review your document in multiple passes, including a final check at the end. If we deliver part of the edit upfront, then the editor cannot do this final check for errors and consistency, which means that the quality of the edit will be lower. Therefore, it is not possible for us to deliver your edit in multiple parts.

    Once the editor finishes editing your document, we will immediately send it your way so you can implement your editor’s changes and feedback.

    Once your order is ready

    How can I file a complaint?

    If you are not satisfied with the work of your editor, please contact us right away by filling in the complaint form. We will contact you within one working day, and together we will find a suitable solution.

    I have a question for my editor. How can I reach my editor?

    It is not possible to contact your editor directly. Contact with your editor will always be via the Scribbr support team.

    Questions about our services

    If you have questions about our services, please contact our support team through the chat, phone or email (info@scribbr.com).

    Question about changes or comments from your editor

    If you have any questions about your editor’s work, you can email them to info@scribbr.com. Our support team will then make sure that our quality management team or your editor follows up with you as soon as possible.

    Tip: Add your questions as comments in the Word document. That way, your questions can be answered directly in your document.  

    Service scope

    We’re always happy to provide more clarification about particular edits and suggestions, and we can also answer more general questions about your edit. 

    However, if you are looking for a fuller review of your edited text after you’ve incorporated the edits, we may ask you to upload a new order.

    I have problems with my Word document. Whom can I ask for help?

    Have you received your Word document but are having problems opening the file? If you have problems with accepting the changes, please read our manual. For any other problems, please contact us directly.

    Why does my document indicate that my editor worked overnight?

    Your editor may be located in a different time zone than you. The time stamps in your edited document do not show this. This is why it might seem like the editor only worked on your order during the night, while it was actually daytime in the editor’s location.

    Furthermore, some of our editors simply prefer to work in the evening or at night because they are more productive then or because they are working on other projects during the day.

    In general, the time stamps in the document are not an indicator of editing quality.

    Common problems accepting the editor's changes

    Word crashes when I accept the changes.

    When Word crashes or runs very slowly, this could be caused by the Reviewing Pane. Due to the number of changes and comments, there is a lot of content in the Revision Pane, which causes Word to run slowly and possibly crash.

    The Reviewing Pane is the Pane on the left side of your screen that you can extend when you go to the Review tab.

    Close this Reviewing Pane while you keep on working on your document.

    If this does not solve your problem, please contact Scribbr via the chat or send an e-mail to info@scribbr.com.

    I cannot see any redlining (changes).

    Don’t panic! Sometimes you cannot see the changes straight away when you open the Word document, even though the changes of the editor are in there.

    Step 1: Go to the ‘Review’ tab and select ‘All Markup’ in the drop down menu (Word 2019).

    Step 2: Click on ‘Show Markup’ below ‘All Markup’ (Word 2019) and make sure all options are ticked.

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    I cannot see any comments.

    Step 1: Go to the Review tab and select ‘All Markup’ in the drop down menu (Word 2019).

    Step 2: Click on ‘Show markup’ below ‘All Markup’ and tick ‘Comments’ (Word 2019).

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    I cannot make the red vertical lines on the left side disappear.

    This red line is there because there are still changes in the document that need to be accepted (which can be minor changes like double spaces or a wrongly placed comma).

    Step 1: Go to the Review tab and click on ‘Accept’ (Word 2019).

    Step 2: Click on ‘Accept All Changes and Stop Tracking’.

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    My text contains redundant changes.

    You might come across redundant changes, where a word or punctuation mark is replaced by the same word or punctuation mark.
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    Changes like these occur during the routine editing process, so there’s no cause for concern. There are two common reasons you might see such changes:

    • Our editors work in the “simple markup” view, so they can ensure they don’t introduce errors during the editing process. However, this means that editors sometimes delete a word and then retype it, and Word’s track changes will count this as an edit.
    • This can also happen when editors use spell check or other advanced editing tools, which allow the editor to review multiple instances of a word at once. Tools like this enable us to deliver a consistent edit, but they sometimes result in “unnecessary” changes.

    If you see redundant changes in your text, you can simply accept or reject them.

    Privacy Policy

    How can I delete my order?

    Yes, you can delete your order from your Scribbr account. The document you’ve uploaded will automatically be deleted from our server.

    Please note that deleting your order is an irrevocable process. The Scribbr team will no longer have access to your document and will not be able to deal with complaints concerning your order if you delete it. Only delete your order when you are 100% satisfied with our services.

    How to delete an order:

    1. Log on to the Scribbr website.
    2. From your dashboard, open the order you want to delete.
    3. Select the “Details” tab.
    4. Click “Delete order.”
    5. A form will appear on the page. Read the information carefully and enter the order number.
    6. Press “Delete” to delete your order.
    How can I delete my account?

    Log on to our website and go to ‘Manage Account’ and click on ‘Delete account’.

    How does Scribbr handle confidential documents?

    At Scribbr, we are committed to protecting your personal information. That’s why our employees and editors follow specific guidelines to ensure the confidentiality of your work:

    • Pledge of secrecy
    • Signed statement prohibiting publication or third-party sharing
    • Obligation to delete files
    • Secure connection (SSL)

    Both the original and edited versions of your document are saved on our secure server for 12 months. After this period, the files are automatically deleted. However, you can manually delete your files at any time via your user profile.

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    Tip: If you still have concerns about confidential information in your document, you can take additional measures to anonymize this data. We advise you to do the following:

    • Change company names and other identifying details
    • Delete data and analyses that do not need proofreading

    Can I ask Scribbr to sign an NDA?

    As a policy, we do not sign NDAs. Every NDA is complex and unique, and our legal team does not have the capacity to review each individual contract we receive.

    However, we take extensive measures to protect the confidentiality of your documents. You can learn more about how we handle confidential information on our privacy policy page.

    Becoming a Scribbr editor

    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.

    Editor application process

    Why do I have to go through the Academy?

    Editing for students is different from other kinds of editing. The Scribbr Academy is the last step of your application process, but it comes with some benefits. During your time in the Academy, we will train you on 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. In this way, we will prepare you to face real-life student orders and jump start your editing career at Scribbr.

    In order to become a qualified editor at Scribbr, you will need to apply the learnings from the Academy and pass 2 – 5 simulation orders (the exact number depends on performance).

    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: 2 – 3 weeks (the Academy has to be completed within 4 weeks to be able to pass)

    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.

    More information about the categories

    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.

    Citation Editing

    What does the Citation Editing service include?

    When performing the Citation Editing service, your Scribbr expert will:

    • Ensure that your chosen citation style is applied consistently
    • Ensure that punctuation and capitalization, as well as the use of “et al.,” are correct
    • Check for any inconsistencies between your in-text citations and your list of references
    • Find missing information in certain cases (e.g., when the publisher of a book is missing from a reference list entry)
    • Add missing authors should “et al.” be used incorrectly (if your document provides enough information about a given source to allow your expert to research it)
    • Check the layout and consistency of your reference list
    • Flag reference list entries that seem incomplete (in the event that there is not enough information to research the sources in question)

    The Citation Editing service does not include the following:

    • Creating a reference list from scratch
    • Creating references for website URLs
    • Conducting research to find missing information when all or most of the sources in a text are incomplete
    • Checking whether the information that is already included in a text is correct (e.g., the spellings of authors’ names, dates of publication, titles, etc.)
    • Providing feedback on the quality and/or relevance of sources
    • Providing feedback on the number of citations provided
    • Editing or formatting quotations
    • Adjusting the formatting of in-text citations (e.g., converting in-text references to footnotes)
    • Converting existing references into a different citation style
    • Adding missing sources to the reference list
    What information do I need to provide for the Citation Editing service?

    When booking the Citation Editing service, you’ll be asked to indicate how many sources you have in your reference list. You’ll also need to indicate which reference style you’re using. We provide the service for the styles APA (6th and 7th editions), MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, Harvard, Deutsche Zitierweise, and university-specific guidelines.

    Please note that we do not create entire references or apply style guidelines from scratch. Please also make sure that the information you added for your reference is correct. We cannot research each reference list and validate its content; we focus on formatting your reference list and in-text citations according to your selected citation style.

    If you only add URLs, for example, we cannot edit it or create a reference entry for you. Rather, please ensure that you have already added the entries so that our experts can make sure it’s consistent and flawless in style.

    If your citations are already good to go, and you just want to do a last check, you can also use our AI-powered APA Citation Checker. This tool flags minor mistakes that you can then fix yourself.

    Which languages are supported?

    We offer the human Citation Editing service for:

    • English
    • German
    • Dutch
    • French

    The APA Citation Checker tool can check documents in the following languages:

    • English
    • German
    • Dutch
    • French
    • Spanish
    Which citation styles are supported?

    The APA Citation Checker is an AI-based tool that currently supports APA Style 6th edition (2009) and 7th edition (2020). We are working hard to support more citation styles in the future.

    Scribbr’s Citation Editing Service is performed by a human citation expert and supports APA 6, APA 7, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, Harvard, Deutsche Zitierweise, and university-specific guidelines. Unfortunately, due to their complexity, we cannot check law-based reference styles.

    If you have your own version of any of the above styles (for example, a specific Harvard guideline), please select “own guidelines” and upload your manual during the upload process.

    Can I order a Structure Check, Clarity Check or Paper Formatting service separately?

    The Structure and Clarity Check can only be purchased in conjunction with Proofreading & Editing. Providing feedback on structure and clarity requires extensive knowledge of the text, which the editor acquires while proofreading and editing your text.

    However, our Paper Formatting Service, Citation Editing Service and Plagiarism Checker can be purchased separately.

    Can Scribbr check only part of my reference list when I purchase Citation Editing?

    Yes, you are able to indicate which sources in your reference list you would like us to check.

    Please highlight the sources that you would like to have checked in yellow in the reference list in your Word document. This way, we know which sources to check.

    Do keep in mind that:

    • We’ll only correct the sources that you ask us to check.
    • We’ll improve the format of your reference list. We’ll modify the font type, font size, indentation and line spacing of the complete list. Additional formatting that depends on the type of source (e.g. italicizing titles) will only be improved for the selected sources.
    • We will not check and correct the in-text citations. For us to properly correct the in-text citations, we need to crosscheck all sources in the reference list. Since we are not able to check all your sources, this is not possible.

    Therefore, we recommend having your entire reference list checked.

    I made my reference list using referencing software. Can you check it?

    We can only check an automatic reference list when it is created using Word’s references tool.

    In case you have an automatic list created by a third-party software (such as Mendeley, Refworks, Zotero, and Endnote), we can only help you if we change your reference list to a non-automatic format. In this case, you will not be able to make further automatic corrections to your reference list or add in-text citations. However, we can provide you with more detailed feedback and make sure that your citations follow the rules of your reference style exactly as they should.

    Note that in general we can better help you when we can convert your list to a non-automatic format.

    Does Scribbr consider all reference styles?

    We can check most reference styles, including university-specific style guides. For us to do this, you would need to upload the manual during the uploading process.

    Unfortunately, due to their complexity, we cannot check law-based reference styles.

    I am missing information in my reference list. Can Scribbr make sure all required information is present?

    This will depend on the type of missing information. For example, a book reference always contains the author’s name, the title, the year of publication, and the publisher. If one of these crucial details is missing, your citation expert will research the information and add it wherever possible.

    Your citation expert cannot, however, complete your reference list for you. Depending on the missing information, they may ask you to add it yourself. Your expert also cannot verify if the information you provided is correct, as they focus on applying the selected guidelines correctly and consistently.

    I ordered Citation Editing. Can Scribbr change my references from one style to another?

    No, unfortunately that’s not possible. Our citation experts will improve your current reference list and in-text citations, but they cannot create the citations for you.

    We’ll ensure that your references meet your style guide requirements, improve the overall format, provide feedback on incomplete reference list entries, add missing details to in-text citations (based on the reference list) and crosscheck your in-text citations against your reference list to highlight any missing sources.

    Can Scribbr create a reference list for me?

    Unfortunately, we cannot create a complete reference list for you. Our Citation Editing Service focuses on perfecting existing sources, not creating a list from scratch.

    If you are having trouble creating a list, we recommend using our APA Generator and checking out our articles on referencing.