For students

I help postgraduate students fine-tune their papers, so they can submit their best work.

You’ve done the hard work. You’re confident of your research and your arguments. Your supervisors are happy. This thesis has been years in the making, and you’re almost ready to submit.

Now you need an editor to perfect your document.

It’s time to email me.

Here’s what I do for PhD and Master’s thesis students:

  • correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • apply style consistently (eg capital letters and italics)
  • make sure meaning is clear
  • make sure the document is formatted correctly and consistently (eg captions and headings)
  • make sure your document is complete (eg so you’re not missing a required component, like a table of contents or list of appendices)
  • check the style of your references
  • ensure the language and tone are appropriate.

Editing policy

Your university will have an editing policy, and so do I. Professional editors follow the Guidelines for editing theses, written by my professional association (the Institute of Professional Editors) in consultation with universities.

In line with the guidelines, I copyedit and proofread theses. I don’t make changes to structure, but I do point them out for you to address.

How long does it take?

I generally ask for two to three weeks to copyedit an 80,000-word thesis. 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 thesis 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 about my quote and the editing process in general.

Do you work with international and ESL students?

You bet. I’ve edited lots of PhD theses by students from overseas who are studying at an Australian university. I’m a strong believer that your language skills shouldn’t get in the way of a good 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?

For more about how editing works, check out About editing and FAQs