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Proof editing

Proof editing

Why students prefer proof editing: Our research

In June 2018, we carried out a survey of 100 UK university students that showed the overwhelming majority (78%) preferred the thoroughness and affordability of “proof editing” as opposed to the more cursory proofreading or the more expensive copy editing.

Students were recruited on campus at the following universities:

  • UCL
  • Southbank University
  • Bristol University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Bournemouth

They were shown samples of a) proofreading, b) editing and c) proof editing and had to rate which one they felt would most meet their requirements.


Proof editing – 78

Proofreading – 12

Copy editing – 10

What is proof editing?

Proof editing is a hybrid between proofreading and editing. Thus it combines facets of both disciplines. For example when we proof edit your work we will remove repetition, wordiness and rephrase sentences – these aspects would not be covered in a standard proofreading service.

The standard proofreading offered by most other online companies is simply checking for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Keep this in mind when comparing prices.

What exactly does proof editing check?

Here is a list of the elements that we check:

  •  Grammar
  •  Spelling
  •  Punctuation
  •  Capitalisation
  •  Sentence structure
  •  Word choice
  •  Academic style
  •  Academic tone
  •  Repetition
  •  Verb tense
  •  Correct use of UK English

We realise that proof editing is the service that students are actually looking for.

London Proofreaders offers high-quality proof editing as a standard service for all documents.

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What Our Customers Say:

“I am very happy with your perfect work.I had sent my work before to somewhere else and I was totally unhappy. Now I feel like my work has been reviewed by an academic supervisor! Many thanks for your excellent professional and customer service.” – Maria Abdullah, Manchester.

“Thanks so much for the PhD proposal comments and proof reading, I am very happy.” – Catalina A, PhD student, King’s College London.

“Thank you so much for your corrections and comments. So far so good. Thank you for your thorough job. It’s good when someone else looks at the thesis with a fresh pair of eyes and corrects mistakes. I really appreciate it. Well done!” – Alizia P., Masters student, University of Westminster.

“Is not easy for me English and you help me alot with this work. I want thank you for this job which is great and I will tell my friends.” – Alfonso Gutierrez. University College London.

“I am a professional in the Resourcing field – I requested LondonProofreaders.co.uk to give my professional statement a cutting-edge finish. I would recommend their services to give your work a proper native English speaker shine! Thanks a lot! – Ana Parra, Resourcing Specialist, London.

“I just want to thank you and your team for your help and support. I really appreciate your effort and I really like the work after the correction” – Alp, London.

“Thank you very much this is perfect! I will definitely let my friends and colleagues know about you!” – Vittoria, London.

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