In-depth Proofreading Services - UK, US editors

Cost-efficient proofreading services trusted by students, academics, authors and businesses

We specialise in proofreading and editing academic papers and texts, such as dissertations, theses, essays, research proposals, scholarly journals, term papers, and others.

Our editors and proofreaders are former lecturers and professors who are fully aware of academic writing requirements, in terms of language, style, terminology, expressions and textual coherence.

Based in the UK, we provide three affordable proofreading services that suit the different needs and budgets of Master's and PhD students, researchers, lecturers and professors - both natives and non-natives.

1) Academic Proofreading Service

2) Academic Editing Service

3) Academic Substantive Copy-editing Service (Most popular)

Get your paper proofread, edited by professionals

Based in the UK, we have proofread, edited and corrected over 40,000 academic manuscripts, thanks to our expert and accredited native English-speaking editors and proofreaders.

While our main clients are students and academics, we also provide colleges, universities, companies, businesses, book authors, publishers and ordinary individuals with bespoke and excellent proofreading services.

Similarly to our academic clients, we provide three levels of fairly priced editing and proofreading services to book writers, professionals, businesses and ordinary individuals.

The wide range of texts we proofread and edit include emails, books, blogs, CVs, personal statements, letters, cover letters, reports, contracts, leaflets, website content, brochures, press releases, publications, among several other forms of writing.

We - at the Ultimate Proofreader - pride ourselves on achieving 100% customer satisfaction. 

Money back guarantee: If, for a valid reason, you are not entirely happy with our service, we will refund your money back.


The Ultimate Proofreader - Five facts about us

1) Prices: We charge a flat rate for our services, whether your paper is complex or non-complex; technical or non-technical; short or long. Our prices start from as low as £9.50 per 1,000 words, and we also offer a 10% discount to all first-time clients.

2) Turnaround times: On average, we can proofread and edit up to 10,000 words within a full 24 hours period per single client, but for more urgent assignments with short deadlines or precise delivery times, please contact us via email at

3) Quality assurance: Once your document has undergone a close proofread or edit, it then goes through a more rigorous level of quality assurance involving a comprehensive second read and review by another senior editor, before delivery.

4) Availability: We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week throughout the year, including public holidays. 

For students and academics, our services can also be pre-booked at any time of the year or during peak times of essay and dissertation submission by undergraduates and postgraduates.

5) Confidentiality: The Ultimate Proofreader applies a very strict confidentiality policy in order to ensure our clients' manuscripts remain 100% safe and secure, from the moment an order is placed until the document is completed and delivered. Once we have returned your document, we will remove it from our systems altogether.


1. Students/Academics

Universities and journal article publishers expect students - both undergraduates and postgraduates - to meet certain writing standards and submit an academic manuscript that is, at the very least, free of essential language errors and is written in intelligible, idiomatic, clear and academic English.

A poorly written academic manuscript (particularly if it contains SPAG mistakes - related to basic language elements such as grammar, punctuation or spelling) will very likely be rejected.

Valuable marks are also wasted if the referencing and in-text citation guidelines (APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago, OSCOLA, etc) are not followed correctly throughout the academic manuscript.

For all these reasons, we have designed essay and dissertation proofreading services that would help you as a student - postgraduate or undergraduate - rest assured that your essay, research proposal, journal, dissertation or any other academic paper meets the required standards, before submission.

We have helped thousands of university students achieve higher marks, all thanks to the expertise, dedication and professionalism of the Ultimate Proofreader's team of expert academic editors and language reviewers.


How do we proofread and improve your academic paper?

1)  We detect, mark and correct any grammatical, typographical or punctuation errors.

2) We ensure the use of upper case and lower case is consistent throughout your paper.

3) We replace any American expressions or words with their British English equivalents, or vice versa, depending on your choice of the English language variant: British, American or Australian.

4) We ensure correct use of the ever controversial serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma.

5) We remove any colloquialism, redundancy, verbosity, unnecessary repetition and non-academic language.

6) We critically check your text for readability, coherence, clarity and flow of language.

7) We ensure your argument, hypothesis or theme is well explained and well structured in a convincing, logical and coherent manner.

8) We correct any errors in your in-text citations, referencing, or bibliography, depending on your preferred referencing style.

9) Our proofreaders and editors leave you comments, ask you questions and flag up problems or issues in the text or related to formatting that need to be reviewed.


How do native speakers benefit from professional proofreading?

Some native English-speaking students and academics often mistakenly underestimate the importance of having their academic text professionally edited or proofread before they present it to their supervisors.

I): As human beings, we are naturally blind to our own mistakes while writing. In what we write we see only what our eyes are trained, or would like, to see. We can hardly spot any errors in a copy we have scripted. It is only through the eyes of others that we actually come to realise our own language flaws - that is why "a second pair of eyes" is needed and that is why professional proofreading and editing services matter.

II): Being a native English speaker is never synonymous with being able to produce a clean academic copy with no errors. An essential part of the job of the academic editor or proofreader is to ensure your text is well-written, well-structured and coherent and that there are no gaps or broken narrative in your writing.

That is why, if you are submitting a research proposal, essay or dissertation to a university or college or an article to a peer-reviewed journal publisher, it is definitely important to get your text expertly revised, edited and scrutinised by a “second pair of eyes” before submission.


10 common errors in scholarly papers

As a responsible proofreading services provider, we have collated the most common and serious English language errors and issues that our proofreaders and language specialists have addressed in the thousands of academic papers they comprehensively proofread and edited over the years.

These language issues, if left uncorrected in any academic manuscript, will certainly impact the value, quality, and credibility of all your hard academic research work.

These errors appear particularly in papers written by non-native students:

1- Grammatical errors

2- Typographical errors

3- Punctuation mistakes

4 - Mixing up British English with American or Australian English

5- Wrong use of prepositions, connectors and pronouns

6- Colloquialisms and excessively long sentences

7- Non-academic, non-idiomatic and incomprehensible language

8- Informal words, phrases and expressions not suitable in academia

9- Mistakes in in-text citations, referencing style (APA - Harvard - MLA - Chicago - OSCOLA) and bibliography (extremely common)

10- Poorly structured sentences

We have helped university students, postgraduates and academics in the following fields, among many others:
Law / Biology / Physiology / Nursing / Political science / Physics /Media / Chemistry / Engineering / Literature / Psychology / Sociology / Arts / Culture / Religion / Language / Economics / Philosophy / History / Computer science / Technology / Medicine / Agriculture


2. Book Authors/Writers

Although enjoyable and exciting, the writing of a novel or a play, or even a short story, is a painstaking, costly and long process. It takes a great deal of effort and time, and - above all - massive thinking.

As a writer, if you are really aiming for a best seller, you will certainly need to ensure that the interesting content you have worked so hard to produce is presented to your readers in the best and most engaging way. It goes without saying that any typographical, grammatical or punctuation mistakes can be quite embarrassing.

Reviewers will soon pick up on this. It would not look good either if your book has a broken narrative, inconsistencies, structural gaps, contradictions, wordiness or textual incoherence. Here comes our role as a top-notch proofreading services UK-based provider.

We provide three levels of proofreading and editing services for book authors, script writers and playwrights which we strongly believe would perfectly meet their various needs and requirements. 

Not only will our experienced book editors examine your text at the semantic and syntactic levels, but they will also look at it through forensic and critical lenses to ensure any pitfalls in the text are well handled.

They will suggest solutions and fixes to problems in your draft, whether related to content or form.

For more details of our package of book proofreading services, please click here, or choose the relevant section in the menu bar.

If you would like to test our service quality first, we offer a free sample. Two different editors will each provide a copy, in order to give you more choice.


3. Businesses/Corporations

In today's business world, writing business communication, letters, press releases, reports, blogs or website content in clear, concise and impactful language is paramount.

As companies and businesses battle it out for potential clients or customers, more attention than ever is also being paid to promotional material, whether online or in the form of leaflets, brochures and pamphlets. Poorly written content on a company's website with typos or grammatical errors will, at best, turn potential clients away.

A simple language mistake in a written copy can indeed land companies and businesses in embarrassing or indeed serious situations.  

Simply consider this example:

Written: "The company has therefore decided to contract your services."

Intended: "The company has therefore decided notto contract your services."

For this reason, we have proofreaders and editors who are dedicated to ensuring that your text - be it a report, a letter, an email, a press release, promotional material or website content - is written in error-free English and is improved and enhanced in both form and content in line with your in-house editorial guidelines.

With our English language correction and improvement services, we will simply make your text speak well for you. We serve clients in the UK and around the world.

So, if you are a business or institution interested in trying our services, you can send us a sample for an edit or a proofread to


4. Professionals/Individuals

In a world teeming with fierce competition, CVs, personal statements and cover letters can simply make or break, when it comes to job hunting.

They are the first thing that companies and businesses looking to recruit new staff set their eyes on, with a particular focus on how the applicants present themselves and showcase their knowledge and their experience.

A badly written CV or cover letter with language errors certainly would not reflect good on you and would most likely switch potential employers off. By contrast, a well-written CV, closely and tightly proofread and edited, will most likely make a big difference by creating a positive impact on potential employers.

You may have the longest experience and most unique set of skills and qualities, but that may not guarantee you being shortlisted for an interview, if your CV and cover letter are poorly written or have embarrassing typos or punctuation or grammatical mistakes.

Therefore, it is really crucial to have your CV, personal statement and cover letter professionally edited and proofread. Here we come in with our CV proofreading services, which will help make your CV and cover letter shine through.

We also proofread and edit business letters, reports, emails and many other forms of writing. If you have a sample and want to test our proofreading or editing services, why not send it us today? It is free, with no obligation whatsoever.


5. Paraphrasing Service

In addition to our proofreading & editing services, we provide a professional academic rewriting and paraphrasing service.

This service is provided to students and academics who need to cite from other sources of literature and require a paraphrase so as to avoid falling in the trap of plagiarism - which is an extremely serious offence in academia.

Our paraphrasing service is delivered by highly-qualified and skilled paraphrasers and text rewriters who will expertly and professionally rewrite and paraphrase your original text employing a different structure, different words and different style, whilst maintaining your original intended meaning in the final paraphrased version.

Quality Assurance

1) Manual from start to finish

No matter how far technology has advanced, when it comes to proofreading and copy-editing, machines cannot replace human brains. For this reason, we do all our work manually from start to finish.

Our proofreaders, editors and reviewers will thoroughly and professionally correct and improve your text, both semantically and syntactically, marking errors, introducing necessary corrections and modifications, and refining your language.

Our team of high-calibre proofreaders and editors, based in the UK and around the world, bring not only many years of experience in editing and proofreading, but also academic knowledge, information, background, and - above all - an eye for detail.

2) Double-reviewed

Once the document has been proofread or edited, it is then assigned to a reviewer who goes over it to make sure that nothing had slipped the net of the first proofreader or editor, in an extra layer of scrutiny.

3) Track-changed/Marked-up Copy

We provide a track-changed (marked-up) copy of your manuscript, in addition to a clean, finalised copy ready for immediate use.

The track-changes option gives our proofreaders and editors an opportunity to ask you questions or leave comments about any clarifications required.


How to place an order - from start to finish

We try to make things as easy and as simple as possible for our clients.  

1) Sending

So, if you would like to place an order for any of our proofreading services, editing or paraphrasing services, please follow the following steps.

1) Send us the document by email to, or through the form available on the website.

2) Specify in your email your preferred deadline.

3) Specify your preferred reference style (if applicable).

4) If you have any specific requirements or instructions, please highlight them in your email.

2) Confirmation

Within two hours or less, we will get back to you with:

1) Confirmation of receipt and availability.

2) Delivery details.

3) Payment details (we accept payment via PayPal or bank transfer)

Once payment has been made, the job will be assigned to an editor or a paraphraser, as relevant.

3) Delivery

You will get your document proofread, edited or rewritten back from us by the agreed deadline by email.

You will receive the document in two copies: one with changes marked to show you what has been changed by the editor, and another clean final version that is ready for immediate use and submission.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q- Where is the Ultimate Proofreader based?

A- We are based in the UK, but our network of proofreaders and editors span different countries and continents.

Q- What academic services do you provide?

A- We provide four main categories of services. Three of them are focused on language correction and improvement and the fourth is a rewriting/paraphrasing service. For more details of each, please visit the relevant page on our website.

1. Academic Proofreading Service  

2. Academic Editing Service

3. Substantive Copy-editing Service

4. Rewriting or Paraphrasing Service

Q- What are the turnaround times for the proofreading, editing and rewriting services?

A- Our approximate delivery times are detailed below, but get in touch with us for more specific turnaround times.

1) Academic Proofreading Service  

Up to 10,000 words (within 24 hours)

12,000 words (within 36 hours)

15,000 words (within 48 hours)

2) Academic Editing Service

Up to 5,000 words (within 24 hours)

7,000 words (within 36 hours)

10,000 words (within 48 hours)

3) Substantive Copy-editing Service

Up to 5,000 words (within 24 hours)

7,000 words (within 36 hours)

10,000 words (within 48 hours)

4) Rewriting & Paraphrasing Service

Up to 3,000 words (within 24 hours)

4,000 words (within 48 hours)

6,000 words (within 72 hours)

For any longer assignments or express delivery, please get in touch with us for an exact quote and turnaround times.

Q- Is it easy to pay for the services?

A- It is quite easy and straightforward to pay for our services. The safest method of payment for us and for you too is Paypal. However, if you prefer, you can pay us via bank transfer.

Q- Are your proofreaders and copy-editors native speakers?

A- We only employ highly qualified native speaker proofreaders and copy-editors with many years' experience, subject knowledge and relevant background.  

Q- How confidential is your service?

A- We apply strict confidentiality rules. Rest assured your document is absolutely secure and confidential during the proofreading, editing or rewriting process. Only the task manager and the proofreader, editor or rewriter will have access to your document.

Once sent back to you and you are happy with it, we will immediately remove your document from our systems.

Q- Why should I choose your service?

A- We offer you genuinely top quality, in-depth and thorough services at cost-effective and competitive rates. Our services are delivered by the UK's best proofreaders, editors and rewriters.

All our clients are 100% happy with our services and achieve high scores. Many of our clients are repeat customers and they happily recommend our services to others.

We can also do a sample of your document so that you can test our quality without any obligation whatsoever in advance. 


How to pay us?

We accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.

Want a free trial?

We understand that new clients may want to know exactly the quality of service they are are going to pay for beforehand.

For this reason, subject to availability , we are happy to do a free sample for any of our proofreading, editing or paraphrasing services.

You can simply send us a sample of your work and we will do it for FREE with no obligation whatsoever.

Note: We aim to return completed samples within 48 hours maximum, but sometimes, because of high demand, samples can take much longer. You can send your sample to:


Why us? 9 reasons

1 - Quality is our number one priority: unlike other service suppliers, we provide the UK's best proofreading services & editing and paraphrasing services. We truly believe in something called QUALITY, so we pay attention to every single word and every single sentence you have written in your paper.

2 - Top-notch proofreaders & editors: we have a team of outstanding native English proofreaders, editors, reviewers and rewriters who have long experience. With a keen eye for detail, they are the best at what they do.

3 - Value for money: all our editing, proofreading and paraphrasing services are reasonably and affordably priced, especially as a significant part of our clients are Master's and PhD students with tight budgets.

4 - Fast turnaround: our services are completed and delivered to customers within fast turnaround times, without any impact on quality. We are aware that students in particular can sometimes have very short deadlines to submit their papers and therefore need their documents proofread and edited urgently.

5 -Trust & reputation: we are a reliable and trusted proofreading and copy-editing service provider, with a wide network of clients spread across the world: the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Romania, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, the UAE, India, Oman and Kuwait.

6 - Punctuality: we are strictly committed to our clients’ deadlines. We deliver on time.

7 - Around-the-clock assistance: we are available 7 days a week, throughout the year. So, whenever you need any help from us, you will always find us ready to assist the best we can.

8 - Friendly, responsive service: we love to interact with our clients. We answer questions and respond to comments at any stage - whether before, during, or after the completion of the assignment.

9- Confidentiality: we highly respect our clients' confidentiality. So, we have put in place a very strict system whereby the document is completely deleted from our systems once delivered to the client.

Who are we?

Based in the UK, the Ultimate Proofreader has been providing proofreading services for many years to clients in the UK, the US and around the world.

Our dedication to genuinely excellent quality and unique customer service have enabled us to grow further and further until we have become the English language proofreading services provider of choice for thousands of clients who trust us and rate us the best because of the quality service we offer.

As part of our commitment to quality, we foreinsically check every word, every sentence and every paragraph in your text. We closely, tightly and carefully revise and rectify every sentence, whether in structure or meaning, to make sure that it is in the best possible form.

We special attention to common language problems, such as the use of pronouns, connectors, prepositions, tenses, as well as many other linguistic aspects. We go beyond the syntactic side of proofreading and dig deeper into the semantic side of it to ensure you have written truly meaningful content.

In other words, we also believe that our task goes beyond the mere improvement of the language and style of writing to a more involved level of informative, insightful, and educational intervention. 

For this reason, we provide feedback, as appropriate, on the areas of language that need to be worked on.

Additionally, we have created a blog on our website that is purely dedicated to language-related matters. We strongly believe customers who pay for proofreading services deserve to the best value for money. 

It was vital for us as a business offering proofreading services to UK and international clients to price our in-depth, customised services in a way that would make them cost-efficient and above all affordable to everyone.

We are not the cheapest, nor are we the highest-paid service providers; our prices are just set in proportion to the amount of time and effort we put into our clients’ texts.

So, we neither overcharge nor undercharge our clients. 

To put it simply, our ultimate goal is to offer you the greatest value for your money.

Our pricing policy also takes into account the fact that there are certain clients, such as students, who often have a very tight budget but who are still keen to benefit from our proofreading services.

In addition to the reasonable pricing of our services, for first-time clients, whether professionals, businesses, students, academics or book authors, we offer a 10% discount.

We fully appreciate that time can be a highly critical factor for our clients who may need speedy delivery of proofreading services.

Although we try our best to complete assignments within fast turnaround times, we never forsake quality for speed. For us, priority always comes first.

Unlike other editing and proofreading service providers, our proofreaders and editors may spend one or even two hours on a single page to correct, revise and improve the text. We do not work on an hourly basis; we give every assignment all the time and care it needs, no matter how much time or effort we put into it.

Our ultimate goal is to produce a text that is proofread or edited to a high standard in a way that would help our wide range of clients achieve their desired results.

We are very strict with meeting deadlines by making sure that we have proofreaders and editors available 24/7, ready to step in when needed. We understand how important it can be for clients to receive their documents back urgently.

The Ultimate Proofreader prides itself on having a very experienced team of proofreaders and editors who help us deliver those sterling proofreading services to our clients in the UK, the US, China and many other countries.

We are also a very friendly, responsive and secure proofreading service UK provider, and are always happy to interact with our clients, whether before, during or after the completion of their assignments.


"Thank you for the kind help last day. Your advanced dissertation proofreading services made my supervisor like so much my paper," Dan, PhD student.

"Due to your help during last semester, I have got good marks. Thanks. I have some assignments for this summer semester, I would like to ask your dissertation proofreading services again," Kwon, PhD student.

"You guys give best proofreading services uk...thx for the great help," Karwan, a Master's degree student. "Your editing and academic proofreading services assisted me to higher grades. I recommended especially your substantive proofreading services which are excellent," Kymai, PhD student.

"I found the Ultimate Proofreader to be fast, efficient and thorough. They turned my urgent little job around in less than three hours. Brilliant!" David M. H., book author.

"As a student, proofreading is very important for me, so I searched a lot for a really professional proofreading service provider as I study in the UK. The Ultimate Proofreader is honestly the one I needed," Kesmat, a Master's degree student.

"This is an invaluable insight into this particular assignment.. Also, I found your markings very useful and professionally done," Kamil, a UAE-based translation company owner.

"The Ultimate Proofreader people are really revolutionising the proofreading services industry: quality, excellent customer service, speed," Khubar Marun.

"I have seen the internet reviews of the ultimate proofreader proofreading services and they were really. Gave them a trial. Really excellent proofreading services," Ihsan Soliman.

"I tried several companies before I stumbled upon this proofreading services uk based provider. All I can say is that once you have tried their academic proofreading services, you will stick with them for the future," Mohamed, academic writer.

Join our team

We are always on the lookout for professional, highly qualified and reliable proofreaders, editors and paraphrasers.

If you have got what it takes to help us uniquely improve the language of academic and non-academic manuscripts, we would love to hear from you.

We are currently looking for native English-speaking freelancers with experience in academic editing and paraphrasing to join our team.

If interested, drop us a line and we will get in touch.

Editor's notes

With every academic proofreading or editing service assignment we complete, we provide Editor’s Notes, which are comments and observations from the editor or rewriter who handled the assignment, as/when needed.

All our clients find these notes completely helpful and insightful. But why these notes matter?

Because, in these notes, our proofreaders and editors will bring to the writer’s attention:

  • Any oddities or contradictions in the essay, dissertation, or journal article
  • Any points of weakness in the argument or organisation of ideas
  • Any inconsistency, whether in terms of language use or argument
  • Any redundancies or repetition
  • Any lack of clarity, whether in language use or ideas
  • Anything that simply does not make sense and needs the writer’s reviewAny different spelling of names of the same author or references

These notes are provided with our English proofreading services & editing & paraphrasing services.

Why proofreading matters?

By John. B

Most professional people realise the importance of getting their work copy-edited and/or proofread, particularly if it is an important document such as a thesis, dissertation, essay, or a business document where accuracy matters. Also, it is not only major documents that need to be proofread but any text that the public will read, whether it be a ten volume extensively researched history or a simple notice of just one sentence.

People often think that proofreading is not necessary for very short texts, but if you go around the high street of any town you are very likely to see spelling and grammar errors on notices in shop windows, such as what proofreaders call the greengrocer's apostrophe! Does this matter?  

Although trained proofreaders will spot these errors immediately, many people will ask if the general public spots them or if the general public even care? My own opinion is that notices, documents and any printed matter with mistakes can give the impression of unprofessionalism and sometimes may result in giving incorrect information.

Why can I not proofread my own work?Although it is essential to look through your own work and check for errors before it is published or submitted, this is no guarantee that mistakes will not be missed.  It is a fact that whenever any of us reads our own work, we see what we think we have written, not what we actually have written. It can be easy to miss out a word which changes the whole meaning.

Have you ever typed an email in a hurry and as soon as you press the 'send' button you realise you have made a mistake and you have to send it again as a corrected version?  

So it's always a very good idea to ask someone to proofread your work however many or however few words it contains.Do people care about correct spelling and grammar anymore?  

Many would say grammar and spelling do not matter as long as people know what we mean but I would maintain that a good standard of English makes the meaning clear and gives a professional appearance to any text.

I am aware that the English language has changed and continues to do so and I always keep up to date with the changes, but the fact that the language is changing does not mean that a good standard of modern English should be abandoned.