In this article we explain in detail what we check as part of our standard proofreading and editing service.
We use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word so that you will see all of the amendments that we have made. We include one round of editing in the price we quote.
Our professional editors correct the following:
“The researchers was happy…” corrected to “the researchers were happy”
We ensure correct spelling.
We ensure punctuation is correct.
We remove incorrect capitalisation and correct it where necessary.
Sentence structure –
We rewrite unclear sentences and remove passive constructions as much as possible. An example of this would be “There are many studies that demonstrate” becomes “Many studies demonstrate”.
Word choice –
We ensure that the word choice fits the context. For example if you are writing an academic essay then we would correct instances of informal vocabulary
Academic style and tone –
We minimize passive constructions. Avoiding awkward constructions. Avoiding overly long and complicated sentences. Using appropriate sentence starts. Using varied vocabulary. Using varied sentence structure
We add comments to sentences or paragraphs that are repeated. We also amend repetitive constructions that combine two clauses. If you start consecutive sentences with “In addition to..” would would change the second instance to make it less repetitive.
Verb tense –
We ensure that you have used the correct tense and have have kept it consistent throughout the document.
Correct use of UK/US English
Reduce the word count to reach a certain limit.
We don’t check the references. This means we do not verify the formatting and information in the bibliography is correct according to a certain style. We only proofread and edit for grammar, punctuation, capitalisation and spelling.
Paraphrase parts or the entirety of the document.
Rearrange paragraphs to improve the structure.
Check the document has covered all the points in the essay or assignment brief.