For academics and writers

I help fast-track your publication process.

When your copy is free from error, your message will be loud and clear to publishers.
Access Editing provides professional proofreading and copyediting services for writers of:

  • journal articles
  • essays
  • book chapters
  • research reports
  • grant proposals
  • annual reports
  • non-fiction books
  • creative non-fiction books
  • blog posts and other content.

I provide the following services:

  • proofreading – a final check of your text, to spot any errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax
  • copyediting – to ensure the message in your text is complete, accurate and consistent
  • substantive (structural) editing – an extensive edit to improve the text by clarifying meaning, suggesting structural changes and working with the language used.

How long does it take?

I generally ask for about a week to copyedit a journal article. You’ll need some time after that to go over the editing suggestions.

How much will it cost?

I quote by the job – I don’t give out an hourly rate. That’s because the number of hours needed to edit a piece can vary wildly.

Instead, here’s what I do:

  • ask for a sample (the whole paper is best, even if it’s a work in progress)
  • make an assessment
  • send an editing brief and a quote
  • set a start date and a deadline
  • answer any questions you might have about my quote and the editing process in general.

Do you work with international and ESL writers?

You bet. I’ve edited lots of papers from researchers overseas. I’m a strong believer that your language skills shouldn’t get in the way of a good idea, story or argument.

How can I speed things up?

Give me as much information as you can in your first email to

  • What’s the deadline?
  • When can I start?
  • How long is the document?

Importantly, send me a sample. The whole document is best, even if it’s a work in progress.

If you can’t send the whole document, tell me:

  • What’s the word count?
  • What type of document is it? It might be a report, thesis, journal article, research paper, student essay.
  • Are there lots of tables or figures?
  • Roughly how many pages of references are there?
  • Is there formatting work to be done?

I’m part of a writing team. Can an editor help?

Absolutely. When lots of writers have contributed to a document, the project can lose its way! An editor can be a huge help, by imposing a structure, and making sure editing decisions are applied consistently – for example, decisions about spelling and style. From there, a good editor will fine-tune the document to make sure it has a consistent voice. All of this makes it easier for the reader, which is good news for the writing team.

There’s more information about editing multi-author documents on the For organisations page.

To read more about how editing works, check out About editing and FAQs.