Proofreading & Editing

Academic Proofreading & Editing is a discipline in its own right. Your editor will ensure that your thesis is written in an appropriate academic style. This was the specific reason we developed our Scribbr Improvement Model©.

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What will your editor do for you?

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


1. Correct language mistakes

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

2. Feedback in your text

We help you to improve your own text with:

  • Questions
  • Suggestions
  • Tips and comments

3. Personal 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.

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Additional service: Structure Check

Using our checklists, your editor will assess whether all of the elements required in each chapter have been included and are in the right place.

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.

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Additional service: Clarity Check New

When you choose our Clarity Check, your editor will help you write a clear and logical story. We answer your most urgent questions:

  • Is what I have written logical?
  • Is my reasoning correct?
  • Is the information presented in a logical order?
  • Am I clear and specific enough?
  • Do I accidentally contradict myself in any way?

Is your text comprehensible?

Your editor will help you make yourself clear with in-text comments and using our two Checklists for the Clarity Check.

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.



Additional service: Reference Check

A reference specialist improves your reference list and in-text citations for $2 per source. We are specialists in APA Style, but we can also help you with other reference styles.

  • 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 we believe 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.


Additional service: Layout Check

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

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


Price is $0.25 per page per item. You can only order the Layout Check together with the Proofreading & Editing service.

How does it work?

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


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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.

What type of documents does Scribbr check?

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

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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.