Your path to academic success
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.
- Ph.D. Dissertations
- (Admission) essays
- Research papers and term papers
- Capstone projects
- Personal statements
- Research proposals
- Journal articles
- Academic manuscripts
Are you writing in German, French, Spanish or another language? We can help with that, too!
Academic proofreading & editing
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
- Native speakers
- University graduates
- Academic writing experts
- Knowledgeable in various fields of study
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.
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.
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.
Periods, commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, quotation marks, etc.
Consistency in English dialect and in style choices.
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.
Starting from $0.014 per word.
Additional academic services
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.
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.
Starting at $0.007 per word. The Structure Check is an add-on service to Proofreading & Editing and cannot be purchased separately.
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.
The text has a logical beginning, middle and end.
Feedback editor: Your paper has a clear trajectory with a beginning, middle and end. You’ve done an excellent job of exploring your thesis that democracy always leads to demagogy. Nice work!
The argumentation makes sense.
Feedback editor: You talk about 50 people who disagree with the current political situation, but you do not specify the sources that substantiate this claim. I also recommend that you look at your statement that democracy is the best form of government. The question here is “According to whom?” If this is your own opinion, you need to make that clearer.
The information is presented in a logical order.
Feedback editor: Remember that your readers haven't studied this topic as much as you have. Be sure to give them the information they need to understand your arguments. For example, at the end of the introduction, explain the terms "macropartisanship" and “deterritorialization” to ensure your readers understand these concepts. In addition, I recommend elaborating on the related studies, so your readers have a proper framework for understanding your research.
The information seems valid and reliable based on the argumentation.
The text does not contain any unintentionally contradictory information or arguments.
Feedback editor: In Section 4.1, you state that no respondents were satisfied with the current situation. However, in your conclusion, you say that three respondents had no opinion. Be sure to reconcile these points or make corrections if necessary.
No information that is relevant for further understanding of the text seems to be missing.
The examples used are relevant.
Feedback editor: Yes, absolutely. However, you have included more than enough examples to make your point. In the comments, I've highlighted examples that you might consider deleting to keep your paper focused and concise.
You take into account that the reader might not know everything about this topic.
Feedback editor: You might consider adding more historical background information in Section 3.2 when you discuss democracy in the Middle East. At present, that discussion implies a high level of background information on the part of readers. It’s okay to assume that your readers have some familiarity with the events you’re talking about, but adding a few reminders for readers would be helpful. For example, the first time you refer to Mubarak, you might add an aside telling readers that he was Egypt’s president from 1981 to 2011.
The subject of the document is clear.
The purpose of the document is clear.
Feedback editor: Your goal is clear in principle, but only after reading the entire text. I recommend making this clearer earlier on. You can do so by explaining the factors that led you to form your your hypothesis that democracy always leads to demagogy in the Introduction chapter.
The most important question to be answered in the document is clear.
Feedback editor: Although I understand what you want to say, you have not specifically stated what the final conclusion of your text is. You should therefore take a careful look at my comment on page 54.
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.
Feedback editor: Yes. However, note that “macropartisanship" and “deterritorialization” need to be explained earlier, as I mentioned in the text logic checklist.
Further important information, such as the study’s limitations and recommendations, is described clearly.
Starting at $0.007 per word. The Clarity Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.
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 Citation Style 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.
$2.50 per source. The Reference Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.
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.
$0.30 per page per item. The Layout Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.