APA editing services

Can I choose between the 6th and 7th editions of APA Style?

Our APA specialists default to APA 7 for editing and formatting. For the Reference Check you are able to choose between APA 6 and 7.

How fast can Scribbr proofread my document?

The fastest turnaround time is 24 hours.

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

  • 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 on the service.

Can I get a sample edit?

Yes, if your document is longer than 30,000 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 24 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

Scribbr Plagiarism Checker

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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When should I use the Own Sources Checker instead of the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker compares your document against the largest plagiarism database in the world. It will detect any similarities with documents in that database.

However, you might be unsure if all of the sources you used are in that database – for example, because some of your sources are unpublished. In this case, you can make use of our Own Sources Checker. Here you can add all the sources you want to a private database and compare them with your own document.

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 over 70 billion current and historical web pages and over 69 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.

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!

Which sources are used for the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker, in partnership with Turnitin, compares your document against the largest and fastest-growing content database in the world:

  • Over 70 billion current and historical web pages.
  • Over 69 million journal articles and books from more than 1,700 publishers such as Springer, IEEE, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell and Taylor & Francis.

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker 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 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
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 I get a 100% match at my university when I use the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

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

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

No, the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker does not publish your document in any public database (unlike other plagiarism checkers).

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

How long does the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker take?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker takes around 10 minutes.

For documents larger than 25,000 words it can take a bit longer. You will be shown an estimate on the order overview page.

As soon as the check is done we will send you an email.

Will the result of the Scribbr plagiarism report be the same as at my university?

The Scribbr plagiarism report is similar to the report your supervisor will see, but there are two main differences:

Access to more detail and resources

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker is optimized for students, which means that you will receive a detailed report with extra information and resources to fix and prevent plagiarism.

No access to private university databases

Your university might have a private database with submitted student papers that your document is compared with. The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker (or any other plagiarism checker) does not have access to this database.

However, many papers and theses are also published in public databases. The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker will compare your text with all documents that are in these public databases.

Can institutions buy plagiarism checks for a discounted price?

Yes, if you are interested in buying more than 25 plagiarism checks, please fill in the form below. Depending on the size of your request, you will be contacted by a representative of either Scribbr or our partner Turnitin.

For questions you can mail sales@scribbr.com.

Request volume pricing

Please only fill in the form below if you are interested in buying 25 or more checks. For less checks we recommend ordering via this page.

Depending of the size of your request, you will be contacted by a representative of either Scribbr or Turnitin.
* Required

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

Downloading a PDF of your results is simple. Just follow these two steps:

Step 1: Open your Plagiarism Check order page and click the “Generate PDF” button

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Step 2: Wait until the button turns green and click “Download PDF”

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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. 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 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 multiple times?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Checker checks your document for plagiarism once per upload. We recommend that you follow two simple steps to thoroughly revise all text snippets that might be plagiarized.

By following those steps, you can be confident that you have removed all plagiarism from your document. It is therefore not necessary to reupload your document for a new Plagiarism Check. If you would still like to perform a second or third check, you can purchase each new check at the regular price.

Step 1:  Review every similarity found by the Plagiarism Check

Think about whether or not the match makes sense to you:

  • Is the match a correctly cited quote, part of a reference list, or a general statement that does not relate to a specific author? Then you don’t have to revise it. You can simply exclude the similarity from your total score.
  • Is the match a text snippet (e.g. a series of words or a whole sentence) that you have copied from a publication without citing the source? Then move on to step 2.

Step 2: Revise each potentially plagiarized text snippet

There are two ways you can fix a similarity:

  • Paraphrasing: Rewrite the snippet in your own words. Be careful: Simply rearranging the sentence or replacing a few words with synonyms is not sufficient to remove plagiarism. It’s best to delete the similarity and write the idea again from scratch to ensure the phrasing is completely original.
  • Quoting: If you want to use the author’s exact words, put the text snippet in quotation marks.

Whether you paraphrase or quote, a citation is always required. Do you need more help revising your similarities? Have a look at our step-by-step guide.

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

Sometimes a quote is marked as a similarity by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker, because the quote is also found in another source. 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 give the author, the year and a page number.

Example
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).

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.

Example

Scribbr’s second anniversary 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 Citation Generator. Now that more and more students make use of the APA Citation Generator, it is high time for a new version, according to the founders. The APA Citation Generator is very popular because APA Style has many exceptions. As a result, it is difficult for many students to really get the hang of APA Style. In addition, the APA Citation Generator saves many students a great deal of time. (Schlagers, 2014, p. 3)
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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Can I buy an annual subscription for the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker?

At the moment we do not offer an annual subscription for the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker. Plagiarism checks can be bought separately — prices depend on the size of your document.

Small document (up to 7,500 words)$18.95
Normal document (7,500-50,000 words)$28.95
Large document (50,000+ words)$39.95
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.

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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

Can I choose between the 6th and 7th editions of APA Style?

Our APA specialists default to APA 7 for editing and formatting. For the Reference Check you are able to choose between APA 6 and 7.

What kinds of admission documents does Scribbr proofread?

Scribbr can proofread any kind of academic admission document, including:

  • Personal statements
  • Statements of purpose
  • Admission essays
  • Graduate school resumes
  • Cover letters
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 preventive measures announced by the WHO (World Health Organization) to prevent any further spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. 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. The staff of our Amsterdam headquarters is working from home following the recommendations of the Dutch government and the WHO. 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 30,000 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 24 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 (30,000+ 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 24 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 Layout Check, Reference Check, Structure Check or Clarity Check independently of Proofreading & Editing?

The Reference Check can be purchased separately. The Layout, 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.

Note that our 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:

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How to remove all comments:

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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, 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 24 hours.

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

  • 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 on the service.

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
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish

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

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?
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.

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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 24-hour service on Saturday, you will receive your edited document back within 24 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 9.7 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 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 (info@scribbr.com).

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 info@scribbr.com. 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

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.

Uploading and payment details

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.

iDEAL
Instant.

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$0.016$0.024$0.032
Proofreading & Editing + Structure$0.023$0.0345$0.046
Proofreading & Editing + Clarity$0.023$0.0345$0.046
Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity$0.03$0.045$0.06
PhD or MBAProofreading & Editing$0.017$0.0255$0.034
Proofreading & Editing + Structure$0.024$0.036$0.048
Proofreading & Editing + Clarity$0.024$0.036$0.048
Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity$0.031$0.0465$0.062

Next to the rate per word, there is a setup fee of $22.50.

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.

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).

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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?

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.

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?

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 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.

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.”
  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 info@scribbr.com.

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.

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.

How fast can Scribbr proofread my document?

The fastest turnaround time is 24 hours.

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

  • 24 hours
  • 3 days
  • 7 days
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.

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 on 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 24-hour service on Saturday, you will receive your edited document back within 24 hours on Sunday.

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%.

PayPal
Transaction fee of 3,5%.

AliPay
Transaction fee of 3,2%.

WeChat Pay
Transaction fee of 2%.

iDEAL
No transaction fee.

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.

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Check out how you can upload your thesis.

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 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.

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

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?

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.
  3. Send the email, including your document, to info@scribbr.com.

Tip: Add your questions directly to the document using in-text comments. This way, your editor can help you faster and more effectively.

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

Our editors are happy to answer specific questions related to the edit you received, such as:

  • What do you mean by this comment?
  • You forgot to answer my question about the use of pronouns. Can you address this?

Our quality management team can provide a quick review of revised sentences and answer general questions such as:

  • When should I use “chapter” or “section”?
  • Why is “parliament” capitalized in some sentences but not in others?

Our editors and quality management team cannot answer any of the following questions:

  • I changed my title. Do you think this is better?
  • I shortened my abstract based on your advice. Is this what you meant?
  • Could you look at these sentences? I based them on your recommendations.
  • Can you look at how I rephrased my problem statement based on your feedback?
  • Does this sentence sound right?

For feedback on these questions, you will have 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 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 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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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.
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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 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.

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 deleted automatically. The result of the Plagiarism Check will be deleted automatically after 12 months.

Delete your documents quickly
You can delete your documents and the 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

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 can I become a Scribbr editor?

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

Why do I have to go through the Academy?

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

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

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

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

The speed at which you are able to complete the application process depends on 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!

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.

Reference Check

Can Scribbr create a reference list for me?

Unfortunately, we cannot create a complete reference list for you. Our Reference Check 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.

I ordered a Reference Check. Can Scribbr change my references from one style to another?

No, unfortunately that’s not possible. Our Reference Specialist 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 layout, 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.

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

Yes, your Reference Specialist can add missing information where possible. However, we cannot complete your reference list for you.

The Reference Specialist will correct your individual citation entries if you have provided the right information but in some cases may ask you to add the missing information.

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

We can only check an automatic reference list that is created using Word’s references tool. We can also check an automatic list created by third-party software (such as Mendeley, Refworks, Zotero, and Endnote), but only if we change your reference list to a normal, non-automatic format.

In that case, you will not be able to make further automatic corrections to your reference list or add in-text citations. However, we can make sure that the list and in-text citations follow the rules of your reference style exactly as they should.

Can Scribbr check only part of my reference list when I purchase a Reference Check?

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 your reference list’s overall layout. 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.

Can I order a Layout Check, Reference Check, Structure Check or Clarity Check independently of Proofreading & Editing?

The Reference Check can be purchased separately. The Layout, 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.

Note that our Plagiarism Checker can be purchased separately.