Proofreading and editing

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.

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!

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 uploading process. The words in the footnotes are then automatically added to the total word count.

Need help with your references?

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 9.9 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”

Scribbr reviews


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

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
Accept changes (Word 2013)
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
Accept changes (Word for Mac 2011)

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
Delete comment  (Word 2007)
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.
What is our Proofreading & Editing service?

Proofreading & Editing entails checking for errors or omissions, whether typographical, linguistic, coding or positional; wrong usage of words and expressions; and inconsistencies. On top of that, your editor will help you become a better writer in the future with a personal improvement letter.

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.

What type of documents does Scribbr check?

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

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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.

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!

Plagiarism Check

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

We understand this concern. However, since the Scribbr Plagiarism Check does not store any documents that it checks in the shared Ephorus database, it’s impossible for this to happen (even if your schools also uses Ephorus software).

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.

Will the results be the same as the results of the check used at my school?

The results of the Scribbr Plagiarism Check will be 99% the same as the Ephorus check used at your school. The Scribbr Plagiarism Check  is optimized for students, which means that you will receive a detailed report with extra information to fix and prevent plagiarism.

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 Check 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 Check is able to find these theses.

How long does the Scribbr Plagiarism Check take?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Check takes about 10 minutes to finish. For documents larger than 35.000 words it can take a bit longer. As soon as the check has finished we will send you an e-mail.

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 check services).

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

What languages are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Check?

Almost all European languages are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Check. 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
Which sources are used for the Scribbr Plagiarism Check?

The Scribbr Plagiarism Check uses the software of Ephorus. This means that your text will be compared against:

  • More than 52 billion web pages.
  • 130 million articles from scientific information sources and journals from the major scientific publishers.

The results of the Scribbr Plagiarism Check are 99% the same as the Ephorus check used at your school.

Where can I add own documents to the result of the Plagiarism Check?

Are you doubting whether a document can be found in the database? You can add extra documents to the database for free.

Upload your document under the list of matched sources. You can compare up to five documents a the same time.

Which file formats are supported by the Scribbr Plagiarism Check?

You can use the following file formats:

  • Doc
  • Docx
  • Pdf
  • Odt

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

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

Yes. Moreover, a 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 does the Originality Score percentage mean?

The Originality Score shows you what percentage of your document matches with documents in the Ephorus database. The more similarities there are, the lower your score will be.

If you have a score of 60%, this means that 40% of your content is unoriginal and is found in the Ephorus database. This doesn’t necessarily mean that this 40% is plagiarism. This depends on the way you’ve quoted or paraphrased and if you cited your sources the right way.

How high should your Originality Score be?

How high should your Originality Score be?

Every form of plagiarism is a violation of the law. This means that only a 100% Originality Score is supposed to be good enough. However, in practice this is not entirely true.

Ephorus also finds similarities that are not forms of plagiarism. For example, a similarity in your references. Obviously, such a similarity in your reference list is no plagiarism.

This means that a percentage of 95% can also be sufficient, although whether you can be satisfied with 95% depends on the kinds of similarities found by the Check.

Percentage barometer


Many universities set the limit at 95%. If you have a 95% score or higher, your assessor will most likely not look for plagiarism in your document. If you are below 95% the risk is higher that you have actually plagiarized. This means that your assessor will also be more likely to take a closer look at your document.

Do you score lower than 90%? In this case, there is a big chance that you have actually plagiarized. For every phrase for which similarities are found, you will have to find out if you are truly plagiarizing. Use the roadmap from the guide to quickly answer the following questions:

What does an Originality Score of 100% mean?

An Originality Score of 100% means that the Scribbr Plagiarism Check did not find any similarities with the Ephorus database. This is very good news! On average only 1 out of 150 students achieve a score of 100%.

What do I do with a found similarity?

For every similarity you have to check whether you’ve plagiarized. We have made an action plan to help you find out whether you have. In this plan we also explain to you what to do next and what to adjust in order to prevent plagiarism.

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 Check, because the quote is also found in another source.

A quote found by Ephorus 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 check scans the internet for similarities with your document. Because many students write their references in the same way (for instance in APA Style), Ephorus 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.

Uploading and payment details

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$0.012$0.018$0.024
Proofreading & Editing + Structure$0.018$0.027$0.036
Proofreading & Editing + Clarity$0.018$0.027$0.036
Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity$0.024$0.036$0.048
PhD or MBAProofreading & Editing$0.013$0.0195$0.026
Proofreading & Editing + Structure$0.019$0.0285$0.038
Proofreading & Editing + Clarity$0.019$0.0285$0.038
Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity$0.025$0.0375$0.05

Next to the rate per word, there is a setup fee of $18.

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 Ephorus Check includes VAT. Check the costs of the Ephorus Plagiarism Check.

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 Ephorus 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.

Can I download an invoice?

You can download an invoice via your account:

  1. First, upload your document and fill in all your data.
  2. Complete the payment in the upload process.
  3. The invoice can be downloaded via the order details.
  4. Optionally, add a reference to your invoice. This is useful when you want to send the invoice to your school or company where you do your internship.
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.

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.

How large (MBs) can my document be?
  • Proofreading and editing service: 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: 20MB

Unfortunately, Ephorus cannot check larger documents.

Making the document smaller

If your document is larger than the above-mentioned limits, 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.

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.

Can I upload my thesis in sections?


Yes, you can upload your thesis in sections. We’ll try to ensure that the same editor checks all the sections you upload.

When you upload a new document, our system recognizes that you are a returning customer and immediately contacts the editor that helped you before.

We cannot guarantee that the same editor is will be available. The shorter the deadline is, the bigger the risk that the editor isn’t available.

If the same editor isn’t available to edit your work, we will look for another editor and inform you immediately. Fear not! Every editor who works for Scribbr edits texts according to the Scribbr Guidelines and will deliver a high-quality edit.

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. This includes weekends and holidays.

Do you choose for a 72 hour deadline and do you upload your thesis on a Thursday evening? Then you will have your thesis back by Sunday evening!

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.

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.

Common problems accepting the changes of the editor

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 ‘Final: Show markup’ in the drop down menu (Word 2013).

Step 2: Click on ‘Show markup’ below ‘Final: Show markup’ (Word 2013) and make sure all options are ticked.

Show the editor's changes Word 2013
Show the editor’s changes (Word 2013)
Show the editor's changes Word 2010
Show the editor’s changes (Word 2010)
Show the editor's changes Word 2007
Show the editor’s changes (Word 2007)
Show the editor's changes Word 2003
Show the editor’s changes (Word 2003)
Show the editor's changes Word for Mac 2011
Show the editor’s changes (Word for Mac 2011)
I cannot see any comments

Step 1: Go to the REVIEW tab and select ‘Final: Show markup’ in the drop down menu (Word 2013).

Step 2: Click on ‘Show markup’ below ‘Final: Show markup’ and tick ‘Comments’ (Word 2013).

Show comments Word 2013
Show comments (Word 2013)
Show comments Word 2010
Show comments (Word 2010)
Show comments Word 2007
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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 2013).

Step 2: Click on ‘Accept all changes’.

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
Accept all changes (Word 2007)
Accept all changes Word 2003
Accept all changes (Word 2003)
Word crashes when I accept the changes

When Word crashes or runs very slowly, this could be caused by the Revision 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 Revision Pane is the Pane on the left side of your screen that you can extend when you go to the Review tab.

Close this Revision 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

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

For more detailed information on how we handle confidential information, please see 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.

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 feedback form and we will try to get back to you within a day.

Becoming a Scribbr editor

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

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.

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.

Can I have the answers to the Scribbr language quiz?

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

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

How much will I earn as a Scribbr editor?

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

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.

How can I become a Scribbr editor?

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