Conscientious and thorough academic proofreading…

If you are preparing a journal paper, thesis or dissertation for submission, I can work with you to help you be confident that your final draft is as good as it can be.

Bringing the training of a qualified proofreader together with extensive experience of working with academic language, I can identify and either correct, or highlight for you to correct, the errors, ambiguities, repetition and inconsistencies that can distract from the quality of your content. I will also check for consistency in layout and formatting and conformity with style guides, where applicable.

Contact me for help with:

  • dissertations and theses
  • essays
  • journal articles
  • reports

I will give your work the personal attention to detail that makes the difference.

Note

Where your work is an examined text, you will need to check on your university’s policy in relation to proofreading and obtain the permission of your supervisor. My work will remain within the ethical boundaries expected in an examined context – in other words, the dissertation/thesis must remain, in all respects, your own work. While I will correct errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation and improve formatting, I will not be able to undertake any rewriting. Where I find that a passage or sentence is unclear, I will highlight this and explain the problem so that you can make improvements yourself.

How do I work?

I can work on either Word or PDF documents. I will check and correct typos and errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as checking consistency in appearance, spelling and usage of terms and formatting. I will highlight areas where I think you need to clarify your meaning and resolve ambiguities.

You will need to factor in time before your submission deadline to go through my amendments and suggestions accepting and/or acting upon them.

Rates

As every piece of writing is individual in terms of the amount of work needed and level of intervention, it will help me to see a sample of your work (ideally around 1000 words) before giving an accurate quote and agreeing upon a timescale. I will proofread the sample for free and return it to you without commitment, so that you can see the quality of my work before you decide to proceed.

What I need to know from you:

  • subject, estimated final word-count and format (Word, PDF)
  • submission deadline
  • when the work will be available for proofreading
  • anything else you think I need to know

Contact Me to request a free sample by sending an email to: rachel@duncanproofreading.com

You unearthed grammatical issues that I did not have time to think about when writing my paper and also raised queries that made me express myself better. … You made me rethink the vitality of proofreaders before publications. I truly recommend writers and academics to use your expertise for them to fully grasp why I am over-excited talking about your help.”

Go to my Recommendations page to find out what previous clients have said about my work.