Are you an academic who doesn't have English as your first language, but who needs to write in English? A PhD student who's writing your thesis in English? Or in industry, writing scientific reports.
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Even native writers of English will normally have their work proofread and/or edited before submitting it for publication. For non-native speakers, the challenge is even greater.
Typically, your syntax will be correct, but awkward, vocabulary will be understandable but unusual, and your punctuation will be unfamiliar.
I can fix all this.
I only work electronically. Send me your document in Microsoft Word (doc or docx), Open Office (odt) or LaTeX format. We agree on a schedule.
Corrections are made directly into the document. I record changes and insert comments where necessary. Depending on the agreed schedule, I either return the entire document when all the work is complete, or in parts as they are finished.
The minimum you can expect is:
Syntax: re-work awkward sentences.
Grammar: correct your capitalisation and punctuation.
Spelling: catch the mistakes your spell-checker won't.
Acronyms: highlight where you have not spelled out acronyms.
Vocabulary: spot where your vocabulary is correct but not conventional.
Consistency: ensure your use of technical terms is consistent. And your punctuation.
American and British English: check for consistency in your use of either American or British English.
Cross check of references: check References exist in the text, and referenced texts appear in the References.
The more time you can give me the better the result. However, I know deadlines are sometimes tight. A 6,000 word article can be turned around in a couple of days, while a PhD thesis or book of 150 pages will typically take a minimum of a week (5 working days) to complete.
For academic articles, I will cross-check your references for free.
Depending on the size of your manuscript, and my schedule, I may be able to work on your text over the weekend. Any weekend work incurs a surcharge of 50%....
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