In-depth Proofreading Services UK

The Ultimate Proofreader is a UK-based provider of in-depth and comprehensive essay and dissertation proofreading services.

We provide three cost-efficient, customised English proofreading services for MA & PhD students, academics, researchers and writers of peer-reviewed academic journals.

 The Academic Substantive Copy-editing Service is our most rigorous and forensic dissertation proofreading service, and it is a combination of both thorough proofreading and in-depth copy-editing delivered by subject-specialist academic editors with over 20 years' experience.

We will not only check your academic manuscript for grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors, but we will also enhance your word choice, enrich your vocabulary with specialist academic terms and expressions, accentuate your paper's academic tone and style, and re-structure clumsy sentences. 

We will also give your language the required element of formality and neutrality, and ensure your argument and ideas are articulated and pieced together in a consistently and coherently.

We will also fix any problems with formatting, referencing system and remove any unnecessary repetition, wordiness, colloquialisms or ambiguity.

We apply a highly rigorous quality control system and regularly review our service quality to ensure we provide you with the best quality proofreading services for your dissertation/thesis, essay, journal or any other scientific or scholarly manuscript.

 We pride ourselves on being recommended by clients from the world's most prestigious academic institutions, universities and journal publishers.

In-depth services 

Our substantive thesis/dissertation proofreading services are not only about correcting a misplaced comma, a spelling error, or an extraneous apostrophe. We will examine your essay, dissertation, journal or any other academic paper in real depth, for both content and style. As part of our essay/dissertation proofreading services, we will ensure:

  • Your dissertation/essay is written in clear, digestible academic language
  • Your tone is appropriate, serious, formal and authoritative
  • Your language shows mastery, learning, and subject knowledge 
  • You ideas are clear, to the point and are expressed in an objective, impartial style of writing
  • Your academic language is gender-inclusive and is free of prejudices and biases
  • Your writing is a coherent, consistent, and logical body of work, rather than a collection of disconnected, meaningless sentences and phrases
  • Your writing follows convention regarding the use of first and third person 
  • Your manuscript is free of chattiness, superfluous words, cliches and jargon
  • Your argument and ideas are backed up by evidence and facts, rather than personal impressions and opinions
  • Your sentences are of appropriate length, neither too short nor excessively long
  • Your overall thesis or dissertation is presented in the most effective way possible

Expert editors

All our essay/dissertation editors and proofreaders are native English speaker professional linguists with Master's and PhD degrees. Many of our proofreaders and editors are award-winning current or former university professors, certified by prestigious proofreading industry associations such aSFEP, AASFE, EFA, and ACES. Our proofreading and editing work - from start to finish - is done manually by human editors. At no point in our work flow do we use any machine-based proofreading.

Timely delivery

We process all orders for our essay and dissertation proofreading services in a timely manner. 

We operate 24 hours a day throughout the year, including public holidays and weekends. 

We work to tight deadlines and short notice and provide express delivery service upon request. To find out more about exact turnaround times, read the FAQs section below or send us an email.

Transparent pricing

All of our academic editing and proofreading services for dissertations, essays and journals are fairly and transparently priced. We do not charge any extra or hidden fees and all our quoted prices are finalised and inclusive of VAT. 

Our prices are reasonable and competitive and take into consideration the limited budgets of home and foreign students. 

How to place an order and pay?

Ordering: You can simply send us your document either by email or submit it via the submission form available on our website below.

Payment: Once you have submitted your paper, we will promptly send you a quote and other details via email. If you are happy to proceed, we will then send you a safe payment link through which you can complete the payment.

Have a question or an enquiry? Write to us now

Prices for Proofreading Services for Students

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Paraphrasing Service

In addition to our proofreading and 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.

Paraphrasing services



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"I searched a lot for a really professional law proofreading service provider as I study in the UK. The Ultimate Proofreader is honestly the one I needed. I particularly like their marginal annotations," Kesmat, a Master's degree student.
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"The Ultimate Proofreader people are really revolutionising the proofreading services industry: quality, excellent customer service, speed. They have helped me get my paper published in the Journal of Asian Ethnology," K. M. 
"I have seen the internet reviews of the ultimate proofreader proofreading services and they were really. Gave them a trial. Really excellent dissertation proofreading services. They rewrite if needed, very helpful editors," Ihsan Soliman.
"I tried several companies before I stumbled upon the Ultimate Proofreader. All I can say is that once you have tried their intensive academic proofreading services, you will stick with them for the future," Mohamed, academic writer.
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9 Reasons to trust us

1 - Quality is our number one priority: we provide the UK's genuinely best proofreading services & editing and paraphrasing services. Unlike other  providers, we truly believe in something called QUALITY, so we pay attention to every single word and 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 decades of experience. With a keen eye for detail, they are the best in the UK at what they do. We use only human copy-editors and proofreaders; we never use any online word processors or robot editors.

3 - Value for money: all our proofreading and editing services as well as paraphrasing services are reasonably and affordably priced, especially as a significant part of our clients are Master's and PhD students with limited 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 a very short deadline 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, Oman and Kuwait.

6 - Punctuality: we are meticulously committed to our clients’ deadlines. We apply a 100% punctuality policy.

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 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 concerns. So, we provide a very confidential service where we remove all documents delivered to clients completely from our systems.

How to proofread your own dissertation/essay (with a caveat)

For a variety of reasons, many university students, undergraduates and postgraduates, have to proofread their own academic manuscript, be it an essay or a dissertation/thesis. 

Some may have to do so for financial reasons, because students are often on a very limited budget and they may not be able to afford paying a third-party professional dissertation proofreading services provider. Others may not feel comfortable about allowing third party access to the written outcome of years of research and hard work, for confidentiality and privacy reasons. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- Where is the Ultimate Proofreader based?
A- We operate from 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. Academic 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) Proofreading and editing services
Up 12,000 words (within 24 hours)
20,000 words (within 48 hours)

2) Rewriting & Paraphrasing Service
Up to 2,000 words (within 24 hours)
3,000 words (within 36 hours)
5,000 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 you 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 editing and proofreading services at cost-effective and competitive rates. Our services are done by the UK's best proofreaders, editors and rewriters.All our clients are 100% happy with our services and achieve high scores. We can also do a sample of your document so that you can test our quality without any obligation whatsoever.

Let us know if you have any other questions that are not answered here. We provide 24/7 support.

The Ultimate Proofreader - 5 facts about us

1) Prices: Our essay and dissertation proofreading and editing services are reasonably and affordable priced. We charge a flat rate, whether your document is complex or non-complex; technical or non-technical; short or long. Our prices start from £9.50 per 1,000 words, and we also offer a 10% discount to all first-time clients.

2) Turnaround times: We complete orders as fast as possible. As a reputable top-quality proofreading services UK-based provider, we never let speed affect quality. While we aim to deliver assignments as quickly as possible, the editing and proofreading of your manuscript up to the highest standard remains our No 1 priority. On average, we can proofread and edit up to 10,000 words within a full 24 hours per single client, but for more urgent assignments with short deadlines or precise delivery times, please contact us via email.

3) Quality assurance: Once your document has been proofread or edited thoroughly and meticulously, it then goes through a more rigorous level and process of quality assurance involving a comprehensive second review by another senior editor, before delivery. The Ultimate Proofreader is committed to delivering the best quality English proofreading services to clients in the UK & worldwide. Our unparalleled and genuine focus on quality has put us at the forefront of the industry.

4) Availability: We run a dispersed operation in the UK & across the world, so 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 it is delivered. Once we have returned your document, we will remove it from all our systems altogether.

The myth of machine-based proofreading

Students, professionals and businesses worldwide rely on online or machine-based proofreading services for their papers, communications, emails and various other types of written copy. 

They are promised that their grammar will be corrected and that they will be offered better word choice as they write their text. 

If you Google online editor or proofreader or simply grammar check online, you will get many results and you will most likely get GrammarCheck (Grammarly) among the top searches, for it is one of the most widely used tools for grammar correction. 

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