Academic: Academic Proofreading


Whether you are an undergraduate student or completing a PhD, I can help you. I have vast experience of working with students of all language abilities and have helped them to get the best results that they deserve by ensuring that their ideas are presented as clearly as possible in accurate English.

Academic Proofreading

Academic Proofreading

Your professional, academic image and reputation can be spoilt by poor language and small grammatical errors so proofreading your work is extremely important, especially if you want to pass your PhD viva or have a journal article or paper published. I have worked with many clients, particularly senior academics and international professors on their research projects who have had their work published after working with me. I am familiar with technical, academic language, particularly in the fields of computer science and medicine and enjoy reading complex documents.

I am able to proofread all types of academic document. This includes the following:

  • Essays
  • Research papers
  • Reports
  • Coursework
  • Dissertations
  • Theses
  • Manuscripts
  • Conference papers
  • Journal articles
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Talks
  • Proposals
  • Transcriptions
  • Funding applications
  • UCAS applications
  • Grant applications
  • Emails
  • Letters

This is what I do when I proofread your work:

  • Check spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
  • Check the style and consistency throughout your document
  • Light editing and re-writing of areas which are unclear
  • Comment on areas which are unclear or which could be better written
  • Offer suggestions for alternative vocabulary where words have been overused/used incorrectly
  • Make sure you have time to ask me any questions via email

To help you produce a tidy, professional-looking document I can also check that referencing and quotations are in the correct format. I am familiar with many different referencing styles, including MLA, CSE, Harvard, APA, Oxford, Chicago, Vancouver and OSCOLA. If your university or institution has a particular style of referencing that you have to use I am happy to cross-reference your document with the guidelines if you send them to me. Many students appreciate my help with this in particular; as it is very time-consuming to make sure this aspect of your work is error-free.

In addition, I can check all footnotes, tables, figures and diagrams. These are often areas that are forgotten about, so it is easy for small mistakes to slip through.

When I have checked everything outlined above I send you two copies of your document, one with the changes and comments visible and a final version. The highlighted copy is very useful as you can see what type of mistakes you have been making so you can learn from them and improve in your future written works.

If you have written a long document like a thesis or haven’t quite finished part of it I am able to correct your document in sections, to make your life easier. There is no additional charge for this. Also, I don’t mind if you would like me to proofread one section of your document first so you can see how I have improved your work. Alternatively, you can try my free sample.

I have vast experience of helping scholars of varying academic backgrounds including ESL and international students and would be very happy to help you.

Get a quote

If you would like a quote, please either use my contact form, or email me directly. I am happy to discuss your requirements over the phone and you can also book my services in advance in order to ensure my availability.

This is my first time I used Samantha's service. Hopefully not the last. Great help, effective communication, quick response and deadline compliance. Thank you very much. Would recommend, definitely!

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I would definitely recommend Samantha as a proofreader. As a dyslexic student, I have found her most invaluable. It's great not to have to ask my friends to check my spelling, particularly when I am a bit sensitive about it. Samantha even proofreads the smallest of things I write, and treats my dyslexia with respect, which is really nice.

Anonymous, Edinburgh University

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