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How much would it cost to edit my paper? How long will it take?
We see a wide range of writing skills and compliance with style guidelines, which makes it difficult to estimate total time and cost without first reviewing a sample of your writing. Editarians will provide a free initial consultation, outlining what needs to be done and how long it will likely take. (No obligation!) In a pricing analysis we conducted in 2010, average cost worked out to about 2 cents/word.
My paper has to be written APA style (or Chicago style). Can you make sure everything is right?
In a word, yes! APA style and Chicago style are our specialties. We will make sure your paper conforms to the required style guide to the letter. We guarantee it! If you are not familiar with APA or Chicago style, there may be extensive formatting to be done, usually involving spacing, margins, headings, tables and figures, the reference list, quotes, and text citations. There may be problems with the orderly presentation of ideas, the smoothness and economy of expression, or the precision and clarity of sentence and paragraph structure, which we can note for you to work on. This is especially so if you do not have a lot of experience with academic writing. For students unsure of how to put together an academic paper, we are happy to act as guides throughout the writing process. Remember, though, we cannot write your paper for you!
Can you edit my paper for APA style (or Chicago style) only? Everything else has already been checked.
We assume you mean, please make sure the formatting and references are in order but don’t worry about the rest. Certainly, if time or money is tight, we can limit the scope of our edit and focus on areas of your choosing. It’s important to clarify, however, that when we think “APA style” or “Chicago style,” we are thinking in terms of the entire style guide: manuscript structure; writing style, including organization and headings, bias reduction, and grammar and usage; mechanics, such as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, numbers, and statistics; tables and figures; and crediting sources, including citations, quotes, and the reference list. We don’t pick some things to look for while overlooking others unless so instructed.
Editors will apply the following proofreading, copy editing, and stylistic editing standards:
Proofreading: Checking of formatted, edited material for accuracy of inputting, for adherence to a specified design, and for mechanical errors in text, such as spelling mistakes or small deviations from the editorial style sheet.
Copy editing: Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts; inserting heading levels and approximate placement of art (including graphs, tables, maps).
Stylistic editing: Clarifying meaning, polishing language, and performing other nonmechanical line-by-line editing.
Please click on the image to see a complete list of standards typically included in a student edit.
Theses and dissertations, or sections thereof, should be sent after they have been approved by your faculty advisor. If you are working with us as you write, sections can be sent in any order, although it is very helpful to have the reference list as soon as possible. If you have completed your writing and send your paper in its entirety, we may break each chapter into a separate file for ease of working (and then piece the paper back together for you).
Have you worked with anyone from my university (or program)?
We have worked with students in a variety of degree programs from many Canadian and American universities. In Canada these include the University of Victoria (British Columbia), Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia), University of British Columbia, Adler School of Professional Psychology (Vancouver Campus), Simon Fraser University (British Columbia), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (British Columbia), Trinity Western (British Columbia), Selkirk College (British Columbia), University of Calgary (Alberta), Concordia University (Edmonton, Alberta), University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta), Athabasca University (Alberta), University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba), York University (Toronto, Ontario), University of Toronto (Ontario), McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), University of Guelph (Ontario), Charles Sturt University (Burlington, Ontario), Western University (London, Ontario), McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), and Yorkville University (Fredericton, NB). In the United States these include City University of Seattle (Washington), Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington), University of Portland (Oregon), John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill, California), Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan), North Park University (Chicago, Illinois), and Cambridge College (Cambridge, Massachusetts). We have also worked with students completing online programs from universities abroad, such as University College Dublin and University of Leicester. If you don’t see your university in this list, don’t worry. All we need is a copy of your requirements and we’re good to go.
My school has ethical guidelines editors must follow. Do you do that?
We do it every day. Unless otherwise specified, we endeavour to follow the Editors’ Association of Canada’s Guidelines for Editing Theses; if written permission is required, we will sign a permission form (such as the one given in these guidelines). We ask that all students review and agree to our Editing Agreement for Student Work. This document outlines student, editor, and supervisor roles and responsibilities so that everybody is clear on the scope of edit. It can be adapted on a per-project basis if agreed to by all parties.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), together forming the Tri-Council, are the major Canadian sources of funds for academic research and scholarship. They are committed to the highest standards of research integrity. Click to read the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship in full.