Proofreading and editing

An experienced academic editor gives feedback on consistency, tone, and bias-free language, and directly improves things like:

  • Spelling and grammar
  • Punctuation and abbreviations
  • Capitalization
  • Sentence structure

You can rest assured that your text follows APA standards and the conventions of your field.

Paper formatting

Applying APA format correctly can be a daunting task, but our APA layout specialists do it every day. Whether it’s a student paper or a manuscript, we’ll make sure the format is compliant with APA guidelines regarding:

  • Margins, line spacing, and indentation
  • Font and headings
  • Running head and page numbering
  • and more

The APA Layout Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and costs $1.20 per page.

Reference checking

Your APA reference specialists will ensure that your in-text citations and references are correctly formatted and cross-checked. This includes:

  • Checking capitalization, italicization, and punctuation
  • Providing feedback on incomplete references
  • Improving your reference list’s overall layout

The Reference Check is an add-on service to the Proofreading & Editing service and costs $2.50 per source.

Your team of APA specialists

Instead of just one editor, we work with three specialists, one for each discipline: language, formatting, references.

Every specialist has years of experience in their field so they know the APA guidelines by heart, down to the smallest details and the rarest exceptions.

We put in the extra effort to coordinate these specialists because we believe it’s worth it to guarantee the best possible result.

What students are saying about us

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4.9
HA 24 October 2020

Timely and high quality

Timely and high quality. Very supportive.

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customer 21 October 2020

Good review for a writing sample

Great review and feedback for a writing sample for graduate school.

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EL 18 October 2020

Very thorough edit

Very thorough edit. Did not change my voice at all. Gave lots of suggestions which were all very helpful.

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Red 18 October 2020

This is an outstanding service for your…terrific service

This is an outstanding service for your writing. Clear, accurate, and precise responses to your work. Excellent work.

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Juanita Valdez 18 October 2020

The paper I wrote was subpar

The paper I wrote was subpar, but the editors at Scribbr really took it up to the professional level I needed. I would use again 100%

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Khiêm Nguyễn 17 October 2020

Great service! Excellent

I requested the Scribbr team to proofread my document. It was really great! There was a lot of notes and edits to improve my writing, and I felt the paragraphs improved a lot. The editor understood the goal of my writing and suggest improvements accordingly. The editor even finished my document sooner than expected. I recommend Scribbr proofread service and probably use Scribbr in the future.

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RD 14 October 2020

Smooth process

It was overall a smooth process and the editing clearly improved the readability of the manuscript.

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anonymous 14 October 2020

Very Helpful

Very thorough commenting and professional help!

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Ronna Fruth 14 October 2020

I haven't been to school in over 30…

I haven't been to school in over 30 years so this was a lifesaver for me. The turnaround time was amazing. I highly, highly recommend using Scribbr

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Mason Poff 13 October 2020

this helped a lot with me outlining and…

this helped a lot with me outlining and to structure my essay. thank you! :)

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Alia Shubber 11 October 2020

Thanks for everything

Thanks for everything! You guys are grate. You’re comments are very clear and they helped me a lot with the essay.

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Eduardo González Zetina 9 October 2020

Just excellent

Just excellent. Thanks.

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Hamza zine 8 October 2020

You did a great work

You did a great work. Thank you!

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Sy Chen 7 October 2020

Their work is very professional

Their work is very professional, and they left insightful comments and suggestions besides correcting your grammar and paragraph structures.

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Hiep Hoang 4 October 2020

2nd time use Scribbr service

Very fast service and high quality of product delivered. Extremely satisfied.

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AL 4 October 2020

Good proofreading, lackluster reference checking

I used Scribbr to proofread my master's thesis and included reference checking to the package. I have a mixed feelings about the end result. I'm very satisfied with the proofreading and editing part. The person doing the proofreading was clearly not from my exact field of study, but did nevertheless a wonderful job. The quality of the language used in my thesis improved substantially, and the comments were insightful. I'm less satisfied with the quality of the reference checking. There was clearly no coordination between the two editors and the person doing the reference checking made changes that contradicted both APA style guidelines and style used in the main text. He also made some changes to contents of the citations that I could not verify to be correct. All in all, I had to revert many of the changes and it caused a lot of extra work for me. I also asked the customer service for clarification about some of the stylistic choises made by the reference checker. They promised to consult a "Reference Specialist", but never got back to me. Update: After writing this review, I was contacted by Scribbr customer service. They apologized for the quality of the reference check and the communication breakdown with the customer service, and promised to refine their processes so that these kinds of incidents would not occur. Because I had already submitted my thesis and no additional editing was possible, they offered me a full refund for the reference check. I'm happy with the solution.

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Marta 2 October 2020

Best service ever

The price estimation procedure is simple, clear and super fast. I particularly appreciated the possibility to review clarity of my writing. For both of my orders the proofread documents were sent back before the deadline. And my editor provided in-depth comments and grammar explanations for frequent mistakes. And she also sent a kind word about the subject matter of my paper. I will definitely use the service again and already recommended it to my colleagues.

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Mei Ding 30 September 2020

The editor has done a good job

The editor has done a good job! I like it. Thank you all.

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Luke 30 September 2020

Very pleased with every aspect of…

Very pleased with every aspect of Scribbr's language proofing service. Great value for money.

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Danielle Schofield 28 September 2020

Great service will definitely use again

Great service will definitely use again

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1. Choose your services

Select the editing services you’re interested in, whether that’s only Proofreading & Editing or also the additional Layout Check and Reference Check.

2. Proofreading & Editing

We hand-pick the best editors for the job based on your field of study and other requirements. Together they revise your document.

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3. Review improvements

Go through your document and easily accept or reject the suggested changes from your editors. Questions? Our support team is here to help!

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Why students choose Scribbr

Authority in APA Style

Scribbr’s free citation tools and articles about academic writing, formatting, and referencing in APA Style help over 700,000 students every month.

Happiness guaranteed

We aim for 100% happiness. If you’re not satisfied with our work, we will re-edit your paper or give you a refund – promised!

Personalized writing tips

Your editor will give you a few writing tips based on your most common mistakes. The goal is to help you become a better writer.

2,000-word sample edit

If your document is longer than 30,000 words, you’ll receive a sample edit of 2,000 words to make sure the service matches your expectations.

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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.

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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