In-depth, cost-efficient proofreading services

Specialist academic proofreading & editing services for dissertations, essays, peer-reviewed journals from £9.50 - 24/7 support

Proofreading Services UK

The Ultimate Proofreader is a UK-based specialist provider of in-depth academic proofreading services.

We provide three levels of bespoke English proofreading and editing services designed specifically for Master's and PhD students, academics, researchers and authors of peer-reviewed journals. Our Academic Substantive Copy-editing Service is the most popular dissertation proofreading service we deliver. It is a combination of both thorough proofreading and deep and substantive editing done by subject-specialist academic editors with over 20 years' experience. 

With a rigorous double editor-reviewer quality control system in place, we uphold the highest editorial standards to ensure we provide the best quality proofreading services that can win your 100% satisfaction. 

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In-depth services 

Our academic proofreading services are not about a superficial correction of a misplaced comma, a spelling error, or an extraneous apostrophe. We will check your essay, dissertation, journal or any other academic manuscript in real depth. We will improve your sentence structure, diversify your vocabulary/lexicon, enhance your tone and style, and sharpen your language. We will remove any redundancy, repetition or ambiguity in your academic writing.

Expert editors

All our editors and proofreaders are native English speakers with Master's and PhD degrees. Many of our proofreaders and editors are current or former university professors, approved by prestigious proofreading industry associations such as SFEP, 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 proofreading software or tools.

Transparent pricing

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

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

Timely delivery

We process all orders for our editing and 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. To find out more about exact turnaround times, read the FAQs section below.

PhD students/Academics

Are you looking to get your dissertation, thesis, essay, or journal article proofread and improved professionally by a subject-specialist academic editor before submission? 

The Ultimate Proofreader has helped over 30,000 Doctoral and Master’s students obtain their academic degrees with the highest distinction.
Our services are customised and tailored to your needs. If you are a native speaker and want only a simple grammatical or punctuation check, we have a standard proofreading service. And if you are an ESL or non-native English student and want to improve your language up to a native English speaker level, we have the in-depth copy-editing service for you.
We have served many students and academics from the world's most prestigious universities, such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London.

Prices for Proofreading Services for Students

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How do we improve your dissertation or essay?

  • Correct grammatical, punctuation or typographical errors;
  • Correct sentence formation/structure and word choice;
  • Remove verbosity, ambiguity, redundancy, unnecessary repetition or non-academic language;
  • Correct errors in in-text citations, referencing, or bibliography, depending on your preferred referencing style;
  • Fix formatting errors;
  • Examine semantic and syntactic elements of your text;
  • Check your manuscript for clarity, tone and style;
  • Provide useful editorial advice and feedback on your paper through comments, questions and observations from our specialist dissertation editors.

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.

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. 
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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. 

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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 prices are very competitive, affordable and - above all-  "fixed".

This means our rates do not vary as we charge a flat rate, whether your document 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, making it extremely affordable even to those on an extremely tight budget. We also offer a 10% discount to all first-time clients, as a bonus.

2) Turnaround times: We complete orders as fast as possible. As a reputable top-quality proofreading services 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 at [email protected]

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.

Proofreading for non-native/ESL students

It is a great achievement to be awarded an MA or a PhD, but this involves conducting time-consuming research. Once the research is complete, it needs to be collated into a thesis in a readable and well-structured format. A thesis ought to be the candidate’s original work, but almost all candidates gather information from various scholars who have themselves researched the subject. 

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.