I'm often asked if I do academic editing.
Clients should know that there are ethical issues around editing student papers.
If the paper is designed to test your English skills, the answer is a clear, no editor should be editing your paper.
If the paper is testing your knowledge and the writing skills are secondary, an editor may be allowed to edit the paper.
I hold a Master of Education degree. I value what that degree means in the academic community. Editors with high credentials do all they can to uphold academic standards.
If you are in an undergraduate program, an editor may need consent from your instructor before editing your work.
If you are writing graduate or post-graduate papers, an editor can work on various levels.
I can do a copy edit of your text.
What I no longer do is format papers according to academic standards. You would be responsible for footnotes, bibliography, references, etc. In other words, I restrict myself to the content of the paper.
Before I begin academic editing for you, I need contact with your instructor. Please speak with your instructor and explain that you want to use an editor. Tell the instructor that I need to check to be sure the editing does not break any rules of your institution. I will contact the instructor, preferably through a link on the institution's Web site after you give me your instructor's name.
After I've communicated with your instructor, I will work with you within the boundaries your instructor provides.
If you want me to do an academic edit, please use the contact form to explain your situation.
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