Editing and Proofreading Services

Do you have excellent ideas but struggle to find the correct words in English? Are you worried about your grammar or spelling, or about whether your writing style is 'academic' enough? 

 

A professional editor/proofreader can help you to refine your language. The language in a professionally edited paper will be accurate, clear and easy to follow. The ideas will be your own, but the language will be polished.

What I edit

I edit and proofread the following:

  • Theses and dissertations

  • Journal articles

  • Conference papers

  • Research proposals

  • Book-length manuscripts

  • ELT methodology guides for self-publication

  • CVs and biographical statements

  • Other academic texts​​

Who I work with

My clients are academics, researchers, postgraduate students and language teachers around the world. 

 

I have edited and proofread the work of speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Thai and other languages, as well as English.

NEW for 2021!

I am now offering online coaching in academic writing skills. It doesn't matter where in the world you live; I can work with different time zones. You can:

  • Chat about some ideas you might have for a paper you would like to publish.

  • Review some of my feedback on your writing.

  • Ask specific questions about English language or writing skills.

Contact me here or at tania@taniapattison.com for more information.

Subjects

I am particularly interested in documents in these fields:​

  • Education, especially English language teaching

  • Linguistics and applied linguistics

  • Communications, intercultural communication

  • Linguistic and cultural anthropology

 

​I sometimes edit academic work in other areas. I have, for example, edited and proofread papers in art and design, archaeology, business, gender studies, history, information technology, international relations, law, literature, media studies, nutrition, philosophy, politics, and more. Just ask!

 

What if your subject is mechanical engineering, robotics or nuclear physics? I am probably not your ideal editor/proofreader, but get in touch anyway. I may be able to help you find someone well suited to your needs.​

Working with me

When you work with me, you choose from two levels of editing/proofreading:

Level 1: Language and formatting

 

At this level, I ensure accuracy and consistency in the following aspects of your writing:

  • Grammar: everything from sentence structure to surface errors

  • Vocabulary: word choice, word form, spelling

  • Punctuation and capitalization

  • Style: formal vs. informal language; awkward phrasing

  • Formatting: titles, headings, margins, spacing, and more

  • References; adherence to citation style

 

You should choose this level if you are writing for assessment (term papers, theses, dissertations).

Level 2: Language, structure and formatting

 

This level includes everything in Level 1, and more. At this level, I offer suggestions on the structure of your document:

  • Does it flow? Is the information presented in a logical order?

  • Are there any gaps in the information you present, or anything that requires further explanation?

  • Is there excessive repetition of ideas?

  • Are there sections that would benefit from further citation of sources?

These are a few of the questions I will consider.

 

You may want to choose this level if you are writing for publication (articles, conference papers, books, etc.).