Plagiarism Check

How long does the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker take?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker takes about 10 minutes to finish. For documents larger than 25.000 words it can take a bit longer. You will be shown an estimate at the order overview. As soon as the check has finished we will also send you an e-mail.

Can I use the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker to check the same document multiple times?

Yes. Moreover, the results of a previous Plagiarism Check will not influence the results for a later version of the same document.

Please bear in mind that each Plagiarism Check is charged separately.

What languages are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

Almost all languages are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker. You can find a complete list of the supported languages below:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • German
  • Finnish
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Greek
  • Croatian
  • Serbian
  • Bosnian
  • Czech
  • Arabic
Will the results be the same as the results of the check used at my school?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker is optimized for students, which means that you will receive a detailed report with extra information to fix and prevent plagiarism, similar to the report received by your school..

Minor difference

Schools often have their own database of (prior) theses. Scribbr has no access to those databases. When you copy data from another thesis that is not publicly accessible, the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker will neither be able to detect plagiarism nor identify the source of this data.

However, most theses are actually publicly accessible since many universities and schools have public databases. This means that the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker is able to find these theses.

Which file formats are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

You can use the following file formats:

  • Doc
  • Docx
  • Pdf
  • Odt

The format you use doesn’t influence the final result.

How can I download my Plagiarism Check results as a PDF?

Downloading your results as a PDF is simple. Just follow these three steps:

Step 1: Open your results page and click on the “print” icon.

Step 1 - Download PDF plagiarism check

Step 2: Click on “print” in the top bar.

Step 2 - Download PDF plagiarism check

Step 3: Choose “Save as PDF.”

Step 3 - Download PDF plagiarism check

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.
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?

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

We understand this concern. However, since the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker does not store any documents that it checks in a shared database, it’s impossible for this to happen.

As an added precaution, you can also personally delete your details and documents from Scribbr’s own server as soon as you’ve received the results of your Plagiarism Check.

What is an acceptable percentage of plagiarism?

Your work should not contain any plagiarism. This means that even a score of 1% is too high.

However, contrary to popular belief, plagiarism checkers do not detect plagiarism, but similarities. Not all similarities found by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker constitute plagiarism. Our check sometimes flags the following:

  • Properly cited quotes,
  • In-text citations or your reference list, and
  • Commonly used phrases that are obviously not considered plagiarism.

Because of this, you can generally follow these guidelines:

  1. A score higher than 10% is troublesome.
  2. A score between 5% and 10% it is not bad per se.
  3. A score around 5% is reasonable.

Even if your score is 1%, you will need to review each similarity and decide whether it’s necessary to revise your work.

What should I do with a found similarity?

What does a similarity score of 0% mean?

A similarity score of 0% means that we haven’t found any similarities in your text.

Will my document be published on a (public) database?

No, the Scribbr Plagiarism Check does not result in your document being published in any public database (unlike other plagiarism checker services).

As soon as you’ve received the result from the Plagiarism Checker, you can directly delete all details and documents from the Scribbr server.

Which sources are used for the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker compares your document against:

  • Over 60 billion of current and historical web sources.
  • Over 30 million of articles from scientific information sources and journals from the major scientific publishers.

This content database is provided in partnership with Turnitin.

At the result page of your Plagiarism Check you can see in which database the original source is found.


What to do with a quote found by the check?

Sometimes a quote is found in your thesis and marked as a similarity by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker, because the quote is also found in another source.

A quote found by our plagiarism checker is not a form of plagiarism. However, it is important that you have added a reference to this quote. Below we briefly explain the rules to write down quotes in APA Style.

Quotes of less than 40 words

When citing a section of text fewer than 40 words, you use double quotation marks directly before and directly after the quote. Next to that, you mention the author, the year and a page number.

Example: Quote of fewer than 40 words
The definition of soccer is, according to Van Persie (2014), “running back and forth with each other and whoever scores the most, wins” (p. 15).
A famous soccer player always said, “playing soccer with each other on a beautiful Sunday afternoon is the greatest thing there is” (Sneijder, 2013, pp. 2-3).

Quote of 40 words or more

If the quote contains 40 words or more, then place the quote in a separate block, which begins on a new line and is indented in its entirety.

Example: Quote of more than 40 words

The second anniversary of Scribbr was widely reported in the press:

Scribbr is now two years old and that is being celebrated with the introduction of a new version of the APA Generator. Now that more and more students make grateful use of the APA Generator, it is high time for a new version, according to the founders. The APA Generator is very popular because the APA Style has many exceptions. As a result, it is difficult for many students to really get the hang of the APA Style. In addition, the APA Generator saves many students a great deal of time (Schlagers, 2014, p. 3).

Check the article about quoting according to the APA rules for more information.

Why does the Scribbr Plagiarism Check 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.

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.

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

Proofreading and editing

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 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.

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.

If your document contains a summary in another language, we will send this part to another editor who is a native speaker of that language. For that reason, we will create a new order and send you an email with the new order number.

This also means that you will receive two emails and text messages from us when our editors have finished proofreading. You can always login to your account to check the status of your orders.

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
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Accept changes Word 2007
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Accept changes Word 2003
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Accept changes for Mac 2011
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How to remove all comments:

Delete comment Word 2013
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Delete comment Word 2010
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Delete comment Word 2007
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Delete comment Word 2003
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Delete comment Word for Mac 2011
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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 layout doesn’t change.
Can I choose between American English, British English and Australian English?

Yes, as you upload your document you can fill in your preferences at step 4.

If you do not know if you wish to write in American, Australian, or in British English, the editor will choose American, Australian, or British English based on the English you currently use. If the editor has any questions about this, we will contact you.

What happens if I am not satisfied with the result?

Editing theses is still the work of people. And we, too, can make mistakes. If you are not satisfied with the editor’s work, please fill in the complaint form. We will contact you within a workday, and together we will find a suitable solution.

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 editingAvailable at Scribbr?
Correction of superficial mistakes, such as typos, misspellings, punctuation errors and consistency errors.
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.
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.
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.
This kind of editing involves heavy rewriting and restructuring. Our editors cannot help with this.

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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?

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
  • Finnish

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

Do you offer a free trial edit?

We don’t offer a free trial edit because we want to keep our prices as low as possible.

Rest assured, it is our number 1 priority to ensure that you’re satisfied and to provide the best quality proofreading service there is.

How do we guarantee to deliver the best edits?

  • We only work with native speakers who have successfully completed our Scribbr Academy.
  • We edit texts as shown in the example on our website and provide you with personal feedback to help you improve your own writing.
  • If you are not satisfied with our work, we will edit your text again.

What about our service?

  • Students are very satisfied with our services. They’ve rated us with an excellent 9.8 on TrustPilot!
  • When uploading their document students can select the pages they want to have proofread. This way, students only pay for the text that needs to be proofread.
  • And our support team is available 24/7 to answer all your questions.

About our editors:

  • “Professional and personal”
  • “Excellent revision”
  • “Fast and thorough editing”

About our support:

  • “Very interactive and friendly”
  • “Excellent customer service”
  • “So helpful”

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Contact us! We are more than happy to help out!

What type of documents does Scribbr check?

Scribbr is specialized in editing study related documents. We check:

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What is our Proofreading & Editing service?

Our Proofreading & Editing service entails checking for typographical and linguistic errors, appropriate word choice, academic style and consistency. Additionally, your editor will help you become a better writer by providing you with a personalized improvement letter designed to help you recognize and correct your most common mistakes.

Language use will be improved

Your editor will correct:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Academic style
  • Sentence structure
  • Punctuation
  • Word choice
  • Incorrect and unclear words or sentences

Personal feedback with tips and suggestions

Your editor will give you feedback about:

Your editor will proofread your document using Word’s Track Changes. When you receive your text back, you can simply accept all changes.


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How long does it take to have my thesis checked?

You can choose between three set time periods. The editor can edit your thesis within 24 hours, 72 hours or 1 week. The deadline is set as soon as you have paid.

Do you need to hand in your thesis in four days? Please choose either the 72 hours or 24 hours deadline. All the editing periods include weekends and holidays.

You will receive a notification via text message and email as soon as your thesis has been edited.

Check the How it works page for more information.

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

After your document 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 I contact my editor directly?

No, you cannot contact the editor directly. Contact with the editor will always be via the Scribbr support team.

Questions about our services

If you have any questions about our services, you can contact our support team via the chat, phone or e-mail (

Ask questions and pass on demands from the supervisor when uploading the document

When you upload your document, you can write down all questions you have for the editor and discuss your supervisor’s demands. You can also send us your supervisor’s feedback in a separate document. We will make sure to pass on the information to the editor.

Questions about the edit and comments made by the editor

If you have any questions about the editor’s work, you can e-mail these questions to We will make sure that the editor answers your questions.

Tip: Write your questions in comments in your Word-document. This way, the editor can answer your questions directly in your document.

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

Is the editor specialized in my field of study?

Our editors are all language specialists and not specialists in your field of study. You can select your field of study while uploading and we make sure that the editor who is editing your work is familiar with editing work in your field of study. This means that your editor will understand what is written, but will not be able to give you feedback about the content.

We’ve carefully selected and trained all our editors before they started working with us. Their work is also continuously assessed to ensure that we can deliver the highest quality.

We only work with language specialists because our ultimate goal is to improve the language of your text and not the content. We believe that only those specialized in academic writing can truly improve your writing!

Uploading and payment details

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.

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.

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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.

Can I download an invoice?

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


  1. After completing the payment, click on “Order overview.”
  2. Select the “Invoices” tab.
  3. Next to the order, click “download.”
  4. Add an optional reference to your invoice. This is useful when you want to send the invoice to your school or internship company.
  5. Press “save” to download your invoice.

Invoice FAQ example

How do I make changes to the invoice?

If you want to make a change to the invoice (for example, the reference), then send an email to

In this email, clearly state what you would like to have changed. Please note that editing the invoice can take up to 5 business days.

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 week72 hours24 hours
College / UniversityProofreading & Editing$0.014$0.021$0.028
Proofreading & Editing + Structure$0.021$0.0315$0.042
Proofreading & Editing + Clarity$0.021$0.0315$0.042
Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity$0.028$0.042$0.056
PhD or MBAProofreading & Editing$0.015$0.0225$0.03
Proofreading & Editing + Structure$0.022$0.033$0.044
Proofreading & Editing + Clarity$0.022$0.033$0.044
Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity$0.029$0.0435$0.058

Next to the rate per word, there is a setup fee of $20.

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).


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?

Do you calculate VAT?

Proofreading and editing your document is excluding VAT. Our services are exempt from VAT. Calculate the costs for having your document edited.

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker includes VAT. Check the costs of the Plagiarism Checker.

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?

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 document 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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

Can I have my thesis edited during weekends and holidays?

Yes, our editors also work during the weekends and holidays.

Because we have many editors available, we can check your thesis 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, all year round.

If you choose a 72 hour deadline and upload your thesis on a Thursday evening, you’ll have your thesis back by Sunday evening!

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

Yes, you can select the pages 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 and Diners Club)
Transaction fee of 2% – 3,9%.

Transaction fee of 3,5%.

Transaction fee of 3,2%.

WeChat Pay
Transaction fee of 2%.

No transaction fee.

How long does it take to have my thesis checked?

You can choose between three set time periods. The editor can edit your thesis within 24 hours, 72 hours or 1 week. The deadline is set as soon as you have paid.

Do you need to hand in your thesis in four days? Please choose either the 72 hours or 24 hours deadline. All the editing periods include weekends and holidays.

You will receive a notification via text message and email as soon as your thesis has been edited.

Check the How it works page for more information.

While your editor is at work

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 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.

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, 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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

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.

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

If you have questions for your editor, please follow these steps:

  1. First review the entire document and the feedback letter.
  2. Collect your questions in an email, and attach the latest version of your document to it.
  3. Send the email to

Tip: Do you have questions about particular parts of your document? Use comments in your document, and add the questions in the document. This way the editor can help you more effectively and quickly.

Our support team will forward your questions to your editor and get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

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.

Common problems accepting the changes of the editor

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

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.

Track Changes Word 2019
Show Track Changes (Word 2019)
Show Track Changes Word 2013
Show Track Changes (Word 2013)
Show Track Changes Word 2010
Show Track Changes (Word 2010)
Show Track Changes Word 2007
Show Track Changes (Word 2007)
Show Track Changes Word 2003
Show Track Changes (Word 2003)
Show Track Changes Word for Mac 2011
Show Track Changes (Word for Mac 2011)
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).

Show comments (Word 2019)
Show comments (Word 2019)
Show comments Word 2013
Show comments (Word 2013)
Show comments Word 2010
Show comments (Word 2010)
Show comments Word 2007
Show comments (Word 2007)
Show comments Word 2003
Show comments (Word 2003)
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’.

Accept all changes Word 2019
Accept all changes (Word 2019)
Accept all changes Word 2013
Accept all changes (Word 2013)
Accept all changes Word 2010
Accept all changes (Word 2010)
Accept all changes Word 2007
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Accept all changes Word 2003
Accept all changes (Word 2003)
Why do I see redundant changes in my text?

You might come across redundant changes, where a word or punctuation mark is replaced by the same word or punctuation mark.

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 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.


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.

How can I delete my account?

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

How long will my details be saved?

Edited documents
Your original document and the edited version will be saved on our secured server for 12 months. After this period, the documents will automatically be deleted.

Plagiarism Check
The uploaded document will be saved on our server for 1 month. After 1 month the document will be delete automatically. The result of the Plagiarism Check will be deleted automatically after 12 months.

Delete your documents quickly
You can delete your documents and results of the Plagiarism Check via your account manually at all times.

How can I delete my order?

Log on to the website, go to the order you want to delete and click on ‘Delete order’.

The documents you’ve uploaded will all automatically be deleted from our server. Deleting your order has the following consequences:

  • All documents and order details will be deleted. This process is irrevocable. You can never download the documents that belong to this order again.
  • The Scribbr team cannot access your documents anymore. This also means that we cannot deal with possible complaints about this order. Please, only delete your order when you are 100% satisfied with our service. We will not deal with complaints from deleted orders.

Becoming a Scribbr editor

How can I become a Scribbr editor?

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

How much will I earn as a Scribbr editor?

On average, you can expect to earn approximately €20 to €25 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 trial period.

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 four steps that you must successfully complete to become an active editor within our system:

  1. Scribbr language quiz: 30 minutes
  2. Scribbr test assignment: 3 hours
  3. Scribbr Academy: 4 hours
  4. Scribbr trial period: multiple jobs, each lasting 4 hours

The speed at which you are able to complete the application process depends on the level of your work. 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! You will also get paid for your work during the Scribbr Academy and your Scribbr trial period.

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 12 categories:

  • Marketing and social media:
    Business economics, Marketing, Social media
  • Economy:
    Accountancy, Tourism, Finance, Economics, Business administration
  • IT/ICT:
    Computer science, Business administration, Informatics
  • Exact fields:
    Mathematics, Chemistry, Applied science
  • Engineering:
    Engineering, Logistics, Engineering, Automotive/aeronautical technology
  • Earth and environment:
    Biology, Planning, Food policy, Agriculture
  • Health:
    Medicine, Biomedical sciences, Motion technology
  • Arts and culture:
    Philosophy, Theology, History, Cultural studies, Archaeology
  • Law and administration:
    Law, Tax law, Public administration, Political science
  • Behavior and society:
    HR, Psychology, Sociology, Social work
  • Education and pedagogy:
    Teacher training, Pedagogy
  • Language and communication:
    Communication, (specific) languages, Journalism

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.

APA Style

Where do I put citations in my text?

If you use several sources, you should refer to them frequently in your text. The basic rule is that it is better to refer to sources too much than too little.

Readers of your thesis should know at a glance if the information you are presenting is taken from a source.

See examples

What do I do if information is missing?

You may find that you don’t have all of the information normally required for a citation, particularly if you are using internet sources. If this happens, just skip those fields in the APA Generator. The citation will be generated for you in the correct manner.

See examples of sources that are missing a title, publication date or author.

What do I do with a source within a source (indirect reference)?

If you want to refer to a source that is included in another source, we recommend that you try to track down the original source. If you find it, you can then just cite it following the normal APA rules.

If you cannot find that original source, you should cite it through the source that mentioned it. This is called making an indirect reference or citing a secondary source.

Within your text, you then need to mention both authors.

Example: Driessen (in Swaen, 2014) uses three methods.

If one author has quoted another author, you need to add “as cited.”

Example: Driessen (in Swaen, 2014) describes three methods.

Learn more

What do I do with an intranet source?

We recommend treating intranet sources as normal internet sources in your thesis.

Include a brief citation in the text and list the source in your reference list as well. You should also add a footnote that indicates that the source is not available publicly.

For more a complete answer, check out our full article on intranet sources.

Can I translate a quote from a source?

If you want to use a translation of a quote, the APA Style says that you should treat it as paraphrased text – not a quote.

In this case, follow the regular rules for paraphrasing and don’t use quotation marks. In your reference list, write the original title followed by the translated title in square brackets: [x].

Learn more

How do I cite several publications from different authors?

Write the citations in alphabetical order, separated by semicolons and spaces.

Example: Several studies (Driessen & Anterveld, 2002; Swaen, 1997; Van Laak, 2011) show…

I have another question about the APA Generator…

Submit your question using our contact form and we will try to get back to you within a day.