Academic editing.

Academic editing services are available for researchers, PhD candidates, and anyone else who has to produce a text for publication or submission in an academic context.

Different rules apply to different editing tasks. Universities usually have their own strict rules about how the work of their PhD candidates is edited. Academic journals will have specific demands in terms of referencing styles and article length. These details are taken into consideration by Semiota editors.


Things to think about before contacting an editor:

  • Contact an editor early in the process. Often an editor will have useful advice on how to set up documents best for later stages of the process. This is especially important for a large document like a thesis or a book. Sometimes an editor can provide a document template that suits your needs.
  1. Make sure you are ready for editing when you hand the work over. You should have finished writing your document and should only need to make the changes recommended by the editor before it is ready for publication or submission. If, however, you have not finished and you would like an editor to help during the writing of the document, please negotiate this before handing the work over.
  1. Make sure that the document you send is what you consider to be your final piece of work. Costs will be incurred if new material is added after cost estimates have been made on the basis of the first document sent. Changing sections of the text during or after editing often introduces new errors into the work, adding further editing time and cost. Once you have handed the work over, put the original document away until you hear from the editor.
  1. If all you want is simple editing — proofreading for errors, correction of or advice on structure, and so on — you will be quoted a set price for a large project or an hourly rate for smaller documents. An arrangement can be made for “collaborative editing”, which allows an author to make changes during the process.
  1. If you have difficulty with an aspect of the word-processing software, advise the editor, and give clear instructions on how you would like the difficulties dealt with. For example, many people have problems with automatic heading numbers and the Table of Contents function in MS Word™. Communicate with the editor, explain the results you want, and leave the process to an experienced operator. Asking the editor for a document template that suits your needs may also resolve many such issues.

Substantial revisions will be made only when necessary, and in consultation with the author(s).

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