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The Ultimate Proofreader is the UK’s leading provider of in-depth academic proofreading services.

We specialise in editing and proofreading dissertations, theses, essays, articles, and other scholarly papers, including peer-reviewed journals and research proposals.

Our academic editing and proofreading services are designed by experts to help both non-native and native MA & PhD students, academics, researchers, professors and writers of journal articles.

The In-depth Dissertation Proofreading Service is the most intensive and rigorous dissertation proofreading service we provide. It is a combination of both thorough proofreading and substantive copy-editing. By far, it is the most popular of all our academic copy-editing and proofreading services.

Our prices are transparent and affordable, and start from just £9.50 per 1,000 words. We charge a fixed rate, regardless of the length or complexity of your text or the quality of your written English.

We also provide unique and outstanding editing and proofreading services for book authors, playwrights, journalists, columnists, professionals and businesses.

All our prices are inclusive of VAT. No Hidden Fees!

MA & PhD Students/Academics

Academic manuscripts, including dissertations, essays and journals, must meet certain language requirements, in terms of grammar, punctuation, spelling, academic lexicon and writing style.

If you are a non-native or native MA or PhD student and would like to ensure your academic paper is free of any language errors, our specialised academic proofreading services - delivered by native English speaker editors and proofreaders - would be of the greatest help to you. 

How we edit and proofread your dissertation/essay?

  • Correct grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors;
  • Improve your word choice and sentence structure;
  • Make your language clear, formal and academic;
  • Replace colloquisalisms with appropriate academic terminology;
  • Correct any mistakes in tense usage (future, present, past) throughout your essay, journal or dissertation;
  • Make your writing style and tone appropriate to your academic field;
  • Remove repetition, chattiness, cliches and jargon language from your academic paper.

Why  choose us?

Academic Expertise

Our editors and proofreaders are native English language experts with at least 20 years' experience and specialism in proofreading and editing all types of academic manuscripts and scientific papers for undergraduates and postgraduates. Unlike other companies, we only use actual human editors. We DO NOT use machine-based proofreading tools or software.

Fair Pricing

The Ultimate Proofreader applies a fair and completely transparent pricing policy. We do not charge any variable or hidden fees. We also offer a 10% discount to  first-time clients.

Express service

We provide an express editing & proofreading service and accept orders with extremely tight deadlines - subject to editor availability. For exact turnaround times, send us an email.


We respect our clients' confidentiality. Once we have finished the proofreading or copy-editing of your document and sent it to you, we delete it from our systems altogether. During the process, only the operational manager and the editor have access to your manuscript.

Authors of Academic Journals 

Many journal articles, written by native and non-native speakers of English, are rejected by academic publishers because they fail to meet required language standards.

Our in-depth proofreading and editing service for peer-reviewed journal articles is very rigorous and will help you get your article published by:

  • Correcting English language errors;
  • Enhancing clarity of meaning and ideas;
  • Tightening and polishing your written English;
  • Adjusting your paper's layout and format as per your publisher's guidelines.

We have helped a large number of researchers, academics, scientists and scholars get their academic manuscripts published in world-renowned and reputable academic journals, including Nature, Science the Journal of Finance and the Lancet.

How it works - from A to Z

1) Sending

a) Send us your paper by email to [email protected], or through the form available on the website; (Email is preferred)

b) Choose the service you need;

c) Specify your preferred deadline;

d) Specify your preferred reference style (if applicable);

e) If you have any specific requirements or instructions for the editor, please highlight them in your email.

2) Confirmation 

Within about two hours, 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). PayPal is preferred. Once payment has been made, the job will be assigned to an editor, proofreader or paraphraser, as relevant.

3) Delivery 

You will get your document copy-edited, proofread or rewritten/paraphrased 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.

Academic Paraphrasing Service

In addition to our dissertation proofreading and essay 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 but require their text to be re-worded to avoid plagiarism - which is an extremely serious offence in academia.

Our paraphrasing service is delivered by highly-qualified and skilled paraphrasers and rewriters who will expertly and professionally re-word your text employing a different structure, different words and different style whilst maintaining your original intended meaning in the final paraphrased version. Need help with paraphrasing? Drop us a line.

Book Authors

Making typographical, grammatical or punctuation mistakes while writing your book is extremely common. Other, more serious, problems with book writing include broken narrative, inconsistency, structural gaps, contradiction or wordiness. For this reason, having your book proofread and edited before publication is essential.

We have specialist book proofreaders and book editors with a great eye for detail. Our native English proofreaders will ensure your book has no grammatical, punctuation or spelling errors. Our editors will also take a close critical look at your draft for any clarity, coherence and consistency issues.

We provide three levels of proofreading and editing services for book authors, script writers and playwrights which are all reasonably and affordably priced. If you would like to test our service quality first, we offer a free sample option.

Request your free sample now.


Business communication written in clear, concise and error-free language can have a powerful and positive impact on prospective clients.

Whether it is a letter, press release, report, or website content, having your written communication tightly and professionally edited is a requirement in today's highly competitive business world, especially if you operate in the PR and marketing sector.

For law firms, the proofreading of legal documents, such as contracts, agreements, deeds, among other types of legal documents, is essential.

We provide bespoke editing and proofreading services for businesses and companies, delivered by dedicated and specialist proofreaders and editors who will ensure that your text is written in flawless English and in the most powerful manner, in terms of both shape and content.

We serve marketing and PR companies, translation offices, law firms, universities, institutions and organisations - in the UK and around the world - with excellent proofreading and editing services.

Interested in trying our services first, send us a sample of your business text - which we will do completely free - with no obligation whatsoever.


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"I searched a lot for a really professional law proofreading services 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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"I have seen the internet reviews of the ultimate proofreader proofreading services and they were really good. Gave their proofreading UK English a trial. Really excellent dissertation proofreading services. They rewrite if needed, very helpful editors. Above all, I know now how to use the full stop correctly," 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. Their after-sale service is great," Mohamed, academic writer.

"I provide legal translation Arabic to English which require accuracy and precision with expressions and meanings. So the Ultimate Proofreader editors help me just achieve that with their careful proofreading and copy-editing services," Ghandour al-Marakbi.

"The Ultimate Proofreader is an excellent dissertation proofreading and editing UK agency. I did use many other English proofreading services companies but honestly this is the best proofreading services uk company I have dealt with," John M, a freelance author & writer.


Q - Where is the Ultimate Proofreader based?

A - We are based in the UK.

Q - What academic services do you provide?

A - We provide four main services: academic proofreading services; academic editing services; and academic rewriting services; and English text reduction services.

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

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

1) Proofreading services and editing services

Up 12,000 words (within 24 hours)

20,000 words (within 48 hours)

2) Rewriting & Paraphrasing Services

Up to 3,000 words (within 24 hours)

4,000 words (within 36 hours)

6,000 words (within 72 hours)

For any longer assignments or express service, 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, copy-editors and paraphrasers with many years' experience, academic knowledge and relevant background. All of our editors and proofreaders are native speakers of English with MA and PhD qualifications.  

Q- How confidential is your service?

A - We apply a strict confidentiality policy to ensure your document remains secure from the moment you send it to us until we have sent it back to you. Only the operational 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 remove your manuscript from our systems.

Q - Why should I choose your service?

A - Unlike other bogus essay and thesis proofreading services providers, we offer genuinely top-quality dissertation editing and proofreading services at cost-efficient and absolutely reasonable prices. So, we basically give you a much better quality at a lower cost. Additionally, we have the UK's best proofreaders, editors and rewriters. We constantly achieve 99.9% customer satisfaction. We can also do a sample of your document so that you can test our quality without any obligation whatsoever.

Q - Do you write dissertations/theses or essays?
A - We are a specialist academic editing and proofreading services UK-based provider. We proofread, edit and improve essays, dissertations, journals and other scientific and academic papers, but we DO NOT write dissertations, theses or essays. We usually advise that you - student or academic - should write your own dissertation/thesis or essay and then get it professionally edited and proofread. This is much safer than using a paid third-party company to write the academic manuscript for you.
Q-Do you use proofreading or editing software or tools? 
A- No. We do not use any tools or software for proofreading or editing, or for any of our services. We use human editors, real academic language experts and do all our work - from start to finish - manually to ensure high quality and accuracy.
Q - Do you have editors and proofreaders with expertise in scientific subjects and other fields?
A - Yes, we have subject-expert proofreaders and copy-editors. We have edited and proofread thousands of dissertations, essays and journals in various scientific and non-scientific disciplines.
Q - Do you charge for reviewing a second draft of my paper if my supervisor asked me to make changes?
A - If the changes introduced in the dissertation or essay are minor, we do not charge you again. However, if your supervisor requested radical changes that involve deleting and adding new sections to your paper, we will charge you only for the new added parts.  
Q - What if my supervisor is not satisfied with my paper and asks for additional proofreading and editing?
A - If your supervisor is not entirely happy with a manuscript that we have edited and proofread for you, we will review it again for you at no cost. But any specific comments from your supervisor will help us to know where the problem is and fix it.
Q - Do you check for plagiarism in my thesis/essay/dissertation as part of your intensive proofreading services?
A - The in-depth dissertation proofreading service we provide does not include checking plagiarism.
Students usually use Turnitin to check the similarity rate before sending us the final draft of their essay, journal or dissertation for copy-editing.
Q - What if similarity is too high in my literature review?
A - If there is a high similarity rate (plagiarism) in the literature review section of your thesis, we do offer a professional paraphrasing service in which we rewrite the parts with a high similarity rate professionally so that your paper can pass through the plagiarism detection software successfully.
Q - Are your prices inclusive of VAT?
A - All our quoted prices are inclusive of VAT. You will not need to pay any hidden or extra fees. Our pricing policy is fair and transparent.
Q - Will your proofreader & editor implement the language-related changes he or she suggests in the copy or do they just highlight them and expect me to do implement them?
A - All changes, amendments and improvements required in your dissertation/dissertation, journal or essay will be introduced and implemented by the editor.
Q- Do you provide any other academic services for PhD or MA students?
A- We provide an academic text shortening service. Students often have to stick to a certain word count in their academic papers. If you have overshot the required length in your paper and you need to reduce your word count, this professional service will be of the greatest help.
Q- Do you offer after-sale support?
A- We continue to support our clients during and after the completion of their order. As a professional service provider, we take our job seriously and if you need any further assistance after you have received your paper, we are here to help. Our job ends when you are happy and satisfied with our service.