Achieve academic success with Scribbr’s services

Academic proofreading and editing is a discipline in its own right. A strong academic text with proper language and style has to meet certain rules.

Using the right words and tenses is essential for your reader to understand the ideas you want to express. That’s why you need to make sure your thesis or Ph.D. respects the rules of academic writing.

Luckily, Scribbr and its team of language experts are here to ensure your writing makes sense and meets all academic requirements.

Scribbr’s editors are thesis experts and are ready to proofread all your academic documents, including the following:



Ph.D. Dissertations



Documents in other languages

We also accept other academic texts:

  • Academic essays
  • Conference papers
  • Journal articles
  • University cover letters
  • Internship reports
  • Academic manuscripts



Scribbr’s Proofreading & Editing services

Scribbr offers professional Proofreading & Editing services to help you hand in a perfect academic document. The entire process is easy to follow, and our services are confidential.

Your editor will improve your document following the Scribbr Improvement Model©, so that your work follows academic style requirements.


We only work with professional academic editors

  • Native speakers
  • Hold a university degree
  • Academic writing experts
  • Knowlegeable in various fields of study
  • Successfully completed the Scribbr Academy


What will your editor do for you?

Your editor will correct spelling and grammar mistakes using Word’s Track Changes. Your Scribbr editor will also provide you with a personal and constructive improvement letter to help you correct your most frequent language errors.


1. Directly improve:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Sentence structure
  • Punctuation
  • Academic style
  • Writing consistency

2. Feedback in your text

We help you to improve your own text by offering:

  • Questions
  • Suggestions
  • Comments
  • Tips

3. Improvement letter

You will receive a personal, constructive improvement letter about your most frequently made language errors.

In doing so, we will help you become a better writer.



Starting from $0.014 per word.


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Structure Check

Are you wondering whether your chapters and sections are ordered properly? Perhaps you are unsure whether some elements are misplaced?

Scribbr editors fix your document’s structure using specific and detailed checklists. He/she will assess whether all the elements required in each chapter have been addressed and are in the right place.


What will your editor do?

  • Give you tips to optimize the organization of your chapters, sections and paragraphs
  • Make direct improvements to your titles and headings
  • Delete all repetition
  • Give you personal feedback about your structure
  • Make sure every chapter contains the right information


Feedback on structure with checklists

General Structure Checklist

  • The document is organized in such a way that the central theme is apparent to the reader.

  • The text is organized in a logical and appropriate manner (chapters, sections and paragraphs).

  • The text is without repetition.

  • The text is without redundancies.

  • The titles and headings are adequate, correct and consistent.

Structure: Checklist Preface

  • The preface is no longer than four or five paragraphs.

  • Only people who have actually helped have been thanked.

  • The thanks follow a functional order. Those who have contributed the most are named first.

  • The use of first and last names is consistent.

  • The preface is personal but is nevertheless written in a professional style.

  • The preface ends with my name, place name, and the date at the time of writing.

Structure: Checklist Abstract

  • The abstract is a maximum of one A4 sheet of paper.

  • The abstract is placed after the preface and before the table of contents.

  • The objective is specified in the abstract.

  • The problem statement is given in the abstract.

  • The research questions or hypotheses are included in the abstract.

  • The methodology and approach of your research are briefly explained.

  • A summary of the most important results is given.

  • The conclusion is given (the answer to your research question / problem statement).

  • The results have been discussed and explained (discussion).

  • Suggestions for follow-up research are presented.

  • Any recommendations are concisely discussed.

  • The abstract clarifies what the thesis is about (also for those without prior knowledge).

Structure: Checklist Introduction

  • The introduction of the research is written with a stimulating topic.

  • The topic is limited.

  • The scientific relevance is demonstrated (not applicable to all theses).

  • The practical relevance is demonstrated.

  • The most important scientific articles about the topic are summarized (not applicable to all theses).

  • The objective is formulated.

  • The problem statement is formulated.

  • The conceptual framework is determined.

  • The research questions or hypotheses are formulated.

  • The research design is described briefly.

  • The thesis overview is added.

Structure: Checklist Conclusion

  • The research questions have been answered.

  • The main question or problem statement has been answered.

  • The hypotheses have been confirmed or refused.

  • The right verb tense has been used.

  • No issues are interpreted.

  • No new information has been given.

  • No examples are used.

  • No extraneous information is provided.

  • No passages from the results have been cut and pasted.

  • The first person has not been used.

Structure: Checklist Discussion

  • The validity of the research is demonstrated.

  • New insights are explained.

  • The limitations of the research are discussed.

  • It is indicated whether expectations were justified.

  • Possible causes and consequences of the results are discussed.

  • Suggestions for possible follow-up research are made.

  • No issues have been interpreted.

  • There are no suggestions for follow-up research that are too vague.



An additional cost of $0.007 per word.

You can only order the Structure Check together with the Proofreading & Editing service.


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Clarity Check

Having trouble  making sure your text is comprehensible and that your ideas and arguments make sense?

When you choose our Clarity Check, your editor will help you write a clear and logical story.


What do we do?

  • Make sure your text tells a clear and logical story
  • Check the clarity and order of arguments
  • Ensure there is no vagueness
  • Make sure you do not contradict yourself
  • Give you feedback and in-text comments related to clarity


Is your text comprehensible?

Your editor will help you present your ideas clearly by placing in-text comments and using our two Clarity Check checklists.

Clarity: Checklist Text Logic

  • The text has a logical beginning, middle and end.

  • The argumentation makes sense.

  • The information is presented in a logical order.

  • The information seems valid and reliable based on the argumentation.

  • The text does not contain any unintentionally contradictory information or arguments.

  • No information that is relevant for further understanding of the text seems to be missing.

  • The examples used are relevant.

  • You take into account that the reader might not know everything about this topic.

Clarity: Checklist Text Clarity

  • The subject of the document is clear.

  • The purpose of the document is clear.

  • The most important question to be answered in the document is clear.

  • The answer to the above question, namely the conclusion, is clear.

  • The methods used to arrive at this answer are clear.

  • Terms are explained in a clear and precise manner.

  • Further important information, such as the study’s limitations and recommendations, is described clearly.



An additional cost of $0.007 per word.

You can only order the Clarity Check together with the Proofreading & Editing service.

Reference Check

A reference specialist improves your reference list and in-text citations for $2.50 per source. We are specialists in APA Style, but we can also help you with other reference styles.


What do we do?

  • We check your reference list for consistency and fix small mistakes.
  • We improve the reference list’s overall layout.
  • We provide feedback about list entries that are incomplete.
  • We improve your in-text citations (using the reference list to fill in missing details).
  • We cross check your in-text citations against your reference list to see if any sources are missing.


How does it work?

While uploading your document, you can indicate the number of sources and the reference style you are using. We take care of the rest.

The Reference Check can only be purchased together with the Proofreading & Editing service.



$2.50 per source.

Layout Check

We gladly help you with the layout of your document. We can fix several elements:

  • Automatic table of contents
  • List of tables and figures
  • Consistent formatting of paragraphs
  • Page numbering


How does it work?

While uploading your document, you can indicate which items you would like us to help you with.



Price is $0.30 per page per item.

You can only order the Layout Check together with the Proofreading & Editing service.


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Frequently asked questions

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What is the Clarity Check?

The Clarity Check is an additional service that you can purchase when you have your thesis proofread and edited by Scribbr.

If you select the Clarity Check, then your editor will provide you with useful feedback to help you improve your reasoning and ensure that what you’ve written is comprehensive and clear.

The editor will provide this feedback using two checklists and in-text comments. Our editors never implement this feedback directly, as it often concerns your ideas and argumentation.

Note that our editors can only consider the internal logic and clarity of your text. They are not subject matter experts and can therefore not check your facts or tell you the content is correct.

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What type of documents does Scribbr check?

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

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What is our Proofreading & Editing service?

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.

Can I upload my thesis in sections?

Yes, you can upload your thesis in sections.

We try our best to ensure that the same editor checks all the different sections of your thesis. When you upload a new file, our system recognizes you as a returning customer, and we immediately contact the editor who helped you before.

However, we cannot guarantee that the same editor will be available. Your chances are higher if

  1. You send us your text as soon as possible and
  2. You can be flexible about the deadline.

Please note that the shorter your deadline is, the bigger the risk that your previous editor is not available.

If your previous editor isn’t available, then we will inform you immediately and look for another qualified editor. Fear not! Every Scribbr editor follows the Scribbr Improvement Model and will deliver high-quality work.

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

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

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