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When it comes to academic writing, putting your ideas on paper is only the first step. You also need to strike the right tone, convince your readers of your arguments, and follow the standards and conventions of your field.

Luckily, we are here to help! Our team of academic editors can help you express your ideas and respect the rules of academic writing, so you can hand in your paper with confidence.

We can proofread and edit all your study-related documents, with 100% happiness guaranteed.

 

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Proofreading & Editing service


With our award-winning Proofreading & Editing service, you can hand in your paper with confidence. The entire review process is confidential and hassle-free.

Using the Scribbr Improvement Model, our academic editors will correct your language errors and ensure your paper is consistent and academic in style.

Professional academic editors

Editors of Scribbr's proofreading services

  • Native speakers
  • University graduates
  • Academic writing experts
  • Knowledgeable in various fields of study

All our editors complete the Scribbr Academy, our comprehensive training program.

What will your editor do?

When you select our Proofreading & Editing service, your editor will correct mistakes and provide in-text feedback using Word’s track changes and comments. Your editor will also provide advice to help you become a better academic writer.

LanguageAcademic styleFeedback
Spelling

Typos, spelling mistakes, hyphenation errors and other simple mistakes.

Style and tone

Taboo words, subjective language, inflated and redundant phrases, and overuse of the passive voice.

Queries

Editors leave queries when the meaning is unclear and when you have to make a style- or content-related choice.

Grammar and syntax

Word order, sentence structure, verb tenses, agreement, prepositions, articles and more.

Academic writing conventions

Acronyms, abbreviations, numbers, equations and Latin abbreviations.

In-text tips and suggestions

Editors use comments to explain nuanced grammatical rules, suggest improvements and offer general advice.

Punctuation

Periods, commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, quotation marks, etc.

Consistency

Consistency in English dialect and in style choices.

Improvement letter

You receive a personalized improvement letter designed to help you recognize and correct your most common mistakes.

Every Scribbr order includes both proofreading and editing. If you’d like a more comprehensive edit, you can also select additional services for your order.

For example, if you’d like line editing, simply combine our standard service with a Structure Check and Clarity Check. We make it easy for you to customize the feedback you receive.

Price

Starting from $0.016 per word.

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Structure Check


In addition to our standard Proofreading & Editing service, we can help improve the structure of your paper. The editor checks your paper to make sure that it is well-organized and contains all the important elements. The feedback is provided in the form of in-text comments and a personalized Structure Check Report.

In-text feedback

The editor will make direct changes if the edit doesn’t change the meaning of the text, such as inserting and merging paragraphs and deleting accidental repetition. In addition, the editor will provide in-text feedback about:

  • Whether or not each individual chapter supports your document’s main goal
  • The organization and focus of individual chapters and sections
  • Repetitive and redundant information
  • The content and weight of titles and headings
  • The numeration of figures and tables
  • Paragraph structure

Structure Check Report

The Structure Check Report is meant to help you easily identify missing elements in each chapter or section and prioritize improvements. After reviewing this report, you should have a clear idea of where your efforts will have the biggest impact.

Abstract Add

Consider writing an abstract to give readers a concise summary of your research and to help potential readers to decide whether to read the full paper.

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Abstract: Relevance of the research Add

Make sure the abstract clearly outlines why your research is necessary and/or what gap in the literature you’re seeking to address. Since you’re an expert on this topic, its relevance might seem obvious to you, but remember that it’s important to spell things out explicitly for readers so that they can follow along.

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Literature review: Transitions between sections Revise

Consider introducing transitions to bridge the individual paragraphs of your document. This approach will make it easier for the reader to grasp how each new paragraph fits into your discussion, which will make your writing more cohesive (and therefore more compelling) overall.

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Results: Mention of methods Remove

After a brief introduction to the chapter, it’s best to jump right into presenting the results themselves. In most cases, there is no need to re-review the methods or other elements of the research in the results chapter.

Discussion: Interpretation of results Add

The discussion is the place to interpret the results. In this section, you might consider whether and how the results support the literature, address the implications of the results, and generally explore the contribution of the research in more detail.

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Conclusion Shorten

A conclusion section is usually relatively short and to the point. It seems like you may have included some unnecessary details in this section. I’d therefore recommend revising this section with an eye on making sure you’re providing information that is relevant and important.

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Price

Starting at $0.007 per word. The Structure Check is an add-on service to Proofreading & Editing and cannot be purchased separately.


Clarity Check


When you select the Clarity Check, your editor will help you tell a clear and logical story. This feedback will focus on the presentation of concepts and the logic behind your argumentation.

What will your editor do?

  • Make sure your text tells a clear and logical story
  • Check that you’ve clearly presented concepts and ideas
  • Comment on the logic behind your argumentation
  • Highlight contradictions within the text

Your editor will provide this feedback using in-text comments and the Clarity Check checklists.

Clarity 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.

Price

Starting at $0.007 per word. The Clarity Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.

 

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Layout Check


What will your layout specialist do?

  • Generate an automatic table of contents
  • Generate lists of tables and figures
  • Ensure consistent paragraph formatting
  • Insert page numbering

How does it work?

When you upload your document, you can indicate which items you would like us to help you with.

Price

$0.30 per page per item. The Layout Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.


APA Layout Check


What will your APA layout specialist do?

Your APA layout specialist will make sure all elements in your paper are formatted according to the 7th edition APA Style guidelines. Note that we cannot make changes to the content of your paper.

We do: We don’t:
Make margins, line spacing, font, and indentation consistent.
Set your running head and page numbers.Write or shorten your running head.
Generate an automatic table of contents and check your headings for consistency.Adjust your headings so that they accurately reflect the section’s content.
Format your title page.Adjust your title to make sure it is a concise statement of the main topic.
Format your abstract and keywords.Suggest relevant keywords.
Format your footnotes.
Make sure your tables are formatted consistently.Reorganize the content within the table or figure or give feedback on clarity.

How does it work?

In the order process, you can select the APA editing style. By default, this only includes APA Proofreading & Editing. You can choose to select the Layout Check and Reference Check as add-on services.

Price

$1.20 per page. The APA Layout Check is an add-on service to the APA editing service and cannot be purchased separately.


Reference Check


Our reference specialists can improve your reference page and in-text citations. We are experts when it comes to APA Style and numerous other reference styles such as MLA format and Chicago citation style.

What will your reference specialist do?

  • Improve your reference list’s overall layout
  • Ensure that your references meet your style guide requirements
  • Provide feedback on incomplete reference list entries
  • Add missing details to in-text citations (based on the reference list)
  • Crosscheck your in-text citations against your reference list to highlight any missing sources

How does it work?

When you upload your document, you can indicate the number of sources in your reference list and tell us your reference style. We’ll take care of the rest.

Price

$2.50 per source. The Reference Check can be purchased separately or as an add-on service to Proofreading & Editing.

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Steven Patterson 16 September 2020

really nothing more to add than a 5 out…

really nothing more to add than a 5 out of 5! Quick efficient service - Thanks Scribbr

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Mohammed Ayoub Alaoui Mhamdi 16 September 2020

Excellent service

Excellent service

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SANJIAO TANG 13 September 2020

The editing inspired quite a lot on my…

The editing inspired quite a lot on my academic writing, I will ask for help the next time when I need to finish another task.

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Aseel Nasser 13 September 2020

The best editing site ever

The best editing site ever

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Kelsey BOWERS 12 September 2020

Feedback, attention to detail, the CARE! All amazing.

The feedback I got on my writing (I submitted a personal statement for admissions to grad schools) was personalized, detailed, and tailored exactly to what I asked for when I submitted it. I got the opportunity to ask questions about specific parts, ask the editor to look at theme, tone, organization, and voice— all of which is something I struggle to do well with. Not only were ALL of my questions and concerns were addressed, but the way they were addressed was so.... human? Yeah, human. It was so clear that there was a human reading my paper that was consuming it as a human, not as a robot or a computer. She made sure it was alive, and that it was me. That’s exactly what I asked for. I got another edit within the same week, and I got the same wonderful editor, and since then, she welcomed me to email her questions (I have!!) and she responded SO quickly and thoroughly even though she wasn’t “on the clock” anymore. Can’t recommend enough.

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Me 12 September 2020

Can Highly Recommend

I have used this service three times now and can recommend to anyone. Will be using Scibbr to proof my PhD.

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Oliver 11 September 2020

Good Plagiarism Checker, But...

I used the plagiarism checker service to inspect one of my final projects for my PG course. I can say that it definitely works and provides a very comprehensive similarity report, which includes all the parts (including the sources) that match another piece of already published work (e.g., books, scientific journals, academic websites...etc.). The database is definitely huge. The similarity report can also be downloaded, which is a big plus! However, I have two main criticisms. The first one is that compared to the report generated by the plagiarism checker of my institution (which I believe is also powered by Turnitin), it missed out on some bits of texts. Although these were referenced properly, this leads me to believe that it may actually miss out on some potentially plagiarised texts. My second criticism is that the report often highlights random bits of text. Although this can be partially solved by excluding small matches, it still bumps up your similarity score, making you believe that you have plagiarised even if you have not! The price is rather steep too, in my opinion. I think you could try to implement more incremental pricing. For example, the price is the same whether you use 7,500 or 50,000 words. However, I have personally heard great things about the proofreading and editing services so I may try them out in the future. Thanks for reading my feedback! EDIT: Thank you for the tips. I appreciate the full refund and the top notch customer service.

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Jerome Hunter 10 September 2020

The editor was very kind and thorough…

The editor was very kind and thorough throughout the process.

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Cecilia Pacheco 10 September 2020

Excelent!!!

Excelent!!!

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Francesco Zoffoli 9 September 2020

wonderful job!

wonderful job! Thank you very much!

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Kritsadawatt 6 September 2020

Impressive

This is my first time with Scribbr, I am really impressed. My research papers are proofreaded and edited in every detail. The editor also gave personal suggestions to improve my writing skills. I look forward to use this service again for my next research paper.

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Ramanjeet Kaur 6 September 2020

easiest citation website to use

easiest citation website to use, left a review because i was so happy with it, no pop up ads after every citation and very easy to use, definitely bookmarked for the future

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MY 3 September 2020

helpful

it was helpful Thank you so much

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Will Shaver 30 August 2020

It was fast

It was fast, I couldn't find any other website including Easybib that I could actually understand and that was actually helpful. Then I found this and I am finally finished with my paper.

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Francesco Zoffoli 29 August 2020

Great job

Great job. Thank you

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Md Sohel Chowdhury 26 August 2020

It seems that the editor paid utmost…

It seems that the editor paid utmost attention while reviewing my manuscript. And it boosted up my confidence to submit my paper in an indexed journal. If i had an opportunity, I would give my editor 10 out of 10.

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MY 25 August 2020

Thank you to Scribbr editors,

Thank you to Scribbr editors, they are always helpful and great response.

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Yunqing Martin 22 August 2020

The editor's comments were detailed and…

The editor's comments were detailed and constructive. I sincerely thank the editor for putting this much effort on my journal article!

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Irene 20 August 2020

The proofreading was handed over before…

The proofreading was handed over before deadline. The commentaries were easy and precise, the correction included also some feed back on the general form, which was a welcomed extra. Also the guidelines tips on English grammar were useful. Overall good experience. Thanks.

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Holly 19 August 2020

The APA Referencing Generator was very…

The APA Referencing Generator was very helpful. I had used over 8 sources, yet they sorted them in alphabetical order for me. My only concern is that, when I click copy, it doesn't copy over correctly. Other than that, 5 stars!

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Frequently asked questions

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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.

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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 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.

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
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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