- 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.
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.
- Can I download an invoice?
You can download an invoice via your account:
- First, upload your document and fill in all your data.
- Complete the payment in the upload process.
- The invoice can be downloaded via the order details.
- 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.
- How are the rates per word calculated?
You can easily calculate the costs of editing your thesis using our price calculator.
The rate per word is as follows:
|Rate per word:||1 week||72 hours||24 hours|
|College / University||Proofreading & Editing||$0.014||$0.021||$0.028|
|Proofreading & Editing + Structure||$0.021||$0.0315||$0.042|
|Proofreading & Editing + Clarity||$0.021||$0.0315||$0.042|
|Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity||$0.028||$0.042||$0.056|
|PhD or MBA||Proofreading & Editing||$0.015||$0.0225||$0.03|
|Proofreading & Editing + Structure||$0.022||$0.033||$0.044|
|Proofreading & Editing + Clarity||$0.022||$0.033||$0.044|
|Proofreading & Editing + Structure + Clarity||$0.029||$0.0435||$0.058|
Next to the rate per word, there is a setup fee of $20.
- How do you convert an .odt document to a .docx document?
When editing your document our editors use ‘Track Changes’ in Word. This is an extremely useful tool with which you can easily see what the editor has done.
To use this tool, your document needs to be a .doc or .docx document. Sadly, the tool ‘Track Changes’ does not work well for .odt documents
You can, however, easily convert an .odt document to a .docx document. Below we explain how!
Open the .odt document with your word processor (for instance Open Office software like LibreOffice, or simply with Microsoft Word).
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.
- Save the LaTeX file as a pdf file.
- Open the pdf file with Microsoft Word. (Word automatically converts the pdf to a Word document.)
- 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 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 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 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
- You send us your text as soon as possible and
- 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.
- 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.
Check out how you can upload your thesis.
- What payment methods do you accept?
We accept the following payment methods:
Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro and Diners Club)
Transaction fee of 2% – 3,9%.
Transaction fee of 3,5%.
Transaction fee of 3,2%.
Transaction fee of 2%.
No transaction fee.