academic writing

Academic Editing

As a former writing teacher, I understand the demands and standards set for academic publications and offer a flexible attitude, efficiency, precise feedback, and knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style.

Carefully considering your goals and requirements, I help to ensure that the text is suitable for its intended audience, purpose, and medium.

I am experienced in academic research, assessment writing for ESL tests, book translation for a university press, and editing academic articles for journals and monographs. I have recently worked with TÉLUQ University, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta, and Paragon Testing Enterprises (a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia).

With a Master’s degree from a writing-intensive program at Colorado State University and copy editing training from Ryerson University, I possess the necessary level of knowledge to edit academic writing and make suggestions to content that improve the argument line, accuracy, and clarity.

As a copy editor and line editor, I have worked with a variety of academic genres, including book synopses, translations, journal articles, personal statements, CVs, grant applications, dissertations, nonfiction, assessments, and training materials.

What is line (stylistic) editing?

Editing to improve flow, coherence, logic, clarity, tone, and style. It includes:

  • eliminating wordiness
  • revising word choice (clichés, jargon, ambiguities, or potentially offensive terms)
  • rewriting sentences or paragraphs for logical connections
  • ensuring smooth transitions between sentences or paragraphs
  • reordering sentences where applicable for better coherence
  • retaining the author’s voice while maintaining a consistent tone
  • adjusting the length of sentences or paragraphs
  • improving sentence structure for clarity and variety

What is copy editing?

Editing for clarity, grammatical correctness, and consistency of style and facts. It includes:

  • checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
  • ensuring completeness of material and querying for missing information
  • establishing consistency of style (abbreviations, numbers, and visual elements)
  • checking items for accuracy (names, quotations, facts, and citations)

How can I help?