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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.

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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

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.

Language Academic style Feedback
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 $0.014 per word.

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Additional academic services


Structure Check

Our experienced academic editors can help you improve the structure of your paper.

Using detailed checklists and in-text comments, your editor will ensure that your paper is well organized and contains all the necessary information.

What will your editor do?

  • Make direct improvements to your titles and headings
  • Comment on the organization of your chapters, sections and paragraphs
  • Ensure that the individual chapters and sections support the main goal
  • Check that every chapter contains the right information
  • Highlight repetition and redundancy

Structure 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.

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.

 

Price

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

 

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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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Reference Check

Our reference specialists can improve your reference list and in-text citations. We are experts when it comes to APA Style and numerous other reference styles.

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 is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and cannot be purchased separately.


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.

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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?

Our Proofreading & Editing service entails checking for typographical and linguistic errors, appropriate word choice, academic style and consistency. Additionally, your editor will help you become a better writer by providing you with a personalized improvement letter designed to help you recognize and correct your most common mistakes.

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%.

PayPal
Transaction fee of 3,5%.

AliPay
Transaction fee of 3,2%.

WeChat Pay
Transaction fee of 2%.

iDEAL
No transaction fee.