The Academic Substantive Copy-editing Service is the most comprehensive, in-depth and advanced level of our essay and dissertation proofreading services for undergraduates, Master's & PhD students, academics, researchers and professors.
By far, it is the most popular academic editing and proofreading service we provide. It particularly suits non-native speakers who need a more critical, thorough and meticulous examination of their dissertation, essay, journal or any other academic paper.
In this service, our expert editors and proofreaders will thoroughly and rigorously examine every single aspect of your manuscript at two main levels:
1- Your language, which includes an intensive and comprehensive revision and check of your grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, sentence structure, readability, flow of language, style of writing and more.
As part of this service, we will also mark and correct any errors we find in the referencing style or in-text citations. All you will need to let us know is your preferred referencing style – whether APA, Harvard, Chicago, or else – and we will take care of the rest.
2- Your argument, which includes a thorough check of how well you have presented your ideas, data and findings. As part of this service, our professional dissertation editors and proofreaders will leave comments, ask questions, or request clarifications on any parts that – for example – are unclear and need to be reviewed or re-checked by you as the author.
In this service, will also pay extra attention to any ambiguity, inconsistency, contradiction, textual incoherence, redundancy or wordiness, or unnecessary repetition in your academic manuscript.
In a nutshell, this level of essay and dissertation editing and proofreading services is best suited to those who have written an academic document and would like to ensure that their text is truly in the best shape in terms of content, form, structure, ideas, organisation, clarity and presentation.
Academic Substantive Copy-editing - Sample
What does the Substantive Academic Copy-editing Service include, in detail?
1. Grammar check
a) Subject-verb agreement (SVA)
- Although it may sound too simple, a large number of corrections we have to make in dissertations, essays and other academic papers are linked to SVA.
Here are some real examples:
Original: The three major parts of the Railway Station Reopening project includes project scope, stakeholder assessment and risk assessment.
Edited: The three major parts of the Railway Station Reopening project include project scope, stakeholder assessment, and risk assessment.
Original: Figure 3 which highlights the three shapes mainly focus on the processes and duration of each activity.
Edited: Figure 3 which highlights the three shapes mainly focuses on the processes and duration of each activity.
b) Use of conjunctions/connectors
Using connectors in academic texts such as dissertations or theses is extremely important because it strengthens the coherence, logic and flow of the text.
Here are some real examples we had to fix:
Original: The probability of strike action is low, however, the impacts of such action can be serious.
Edited (1): The probability of strike action is low; however, the impacts of such action can be serious.
Edited (2): The probability of strike action is low. However, the impacts of such action can be serious.
c) The use of tenses
Original: In this academic study, I aim to present my findings and conclusions in the last chapter which I wrote before the deadline requested by my supervisor.
Edited: In this academic study, I aimed to present my findings and conclusions in the last chapter which I wrote before the deadline requested by my supervisor.
Original: I conduct the research for this dissertation in 2015.
Edited: I conducted the research for this dissertation in 2015.
Original: I have reviewed the literature for my thesis two weeks ago.
Edited: I reviewed the literature for my thesis two weeks ago.
d) The use of modifiers
Original: The proofreader said the chapter was well written, but it's content needed further detail.
Edited: The proofreader said the chapter was well written, but its content needed further detail.
e) The use of the apostrophe, or lower and upper case.
Original: The tutors' complaint was that the student was not showing him due respect.
Edited: The tutor's complaint was that the student was not showing him due respect.
Original: The phenomenon was discussed at the level of the Whole World.
Edited: The phenomenon was discussed at the level of the whole world.
2. Spelling check
We will correct any spelling mistakes in:
cheek (check), grammer (grammar), loose (lose - as a verb), believes (beliefs - as a noun), proof read (proofread), weak (week) etc.
Hum (Hume), Aristole (Aristotle), Daved (David) etc
c) Typographical errors
* They wanted too (to) discuss this in their academic paper.
* The researcher has recommended they sotp (stop) making mistakes and use English proofreading services.
* In the peeface (preface), they explained what they will discuss in their thesis.
* Proofreading services are impotent (important).
d) American/British English
We will replace any American words or expressions with British equivalents, as exemplified below:
* Learned (American) Learnt (British)
* Focussed (American) Focused (British)
* Center (American) Centre (British)
* Elective (North American) Optional course of study (British)
* Characterize (American) Characterise (British)
3. Punctuation check
We will also correct any punctuation errors in relation to.
1. The full stop
Original: Jones and Smith (1994) developed a model of risks and hazards that could potentially have an impact on human safety, this is because any harm that comes to patients is, they argue, largely caused by human error.
Edited: Jones and Smith (1994) developed a model of risks and hazards that could potentially have an impact on human safety. This is because any harm that comes to patients is, they argue, largely caused by human error.
2. The colon
Original: Many researchers argue that it is incorrect to claim prejudice is solely attributable to cognitive biases, social and cultural factors may also play a key role.
Edited: Many researchers argue that it is incorrect to claim prejudice is solely attributable to cognitive biases: social and cultural factors may also play a key role.3. The semicolon
Original: Several of the participants reported feeling anxious during the experiment, however, they were reassured during the post-experiment briefing that this was a perfectly normal reaction.
Edited: Several of the participants reported feeling anxious during the experiment; however, they were reassured during the post-experiment briefing that this was a perfectly normal reaction.
4. Quotation marks
Original: However, although this might seem obvious, Xavier (2016, p.2) states that there exists a lack of effective curricula and learning/teaching materials on comprehensive sex education and adolescents get most of the information from their peers. Most of the time it will be vague and unclear information.
Edited: However, although this might seem obvious, Xavier (2016, p.2) states that, “there exists a lack of effective curricula and learning/teaching materials on comprehensive sex education and adolescents get most of the information from their peers. Most of the time it will be vague and unclear information.”
4. Word choice
In English there are words have greater impact than others; and there are words that fit more an academic purpose than others. Some examples include:
Original: The researcher pointed out that he wanted to talk about this phenomenon first.
Edited: The researcher explained that he wanted to discuss this phenomenon first.
5. Sentence structure
One recurrent problem that we fix in essays, theses, scientific papers and journals, written in English by non-native and native speakers alike, is what we call run-on sentences...i.e sentences are excessively long. We amend such sentences to make them soundly, comprehensibly, and academically structured.
Original: The scene of the crime and any data connected with the crime are able to supply pointers regarding suspects’ identities, assistance in the assessment of scenarios, help in the planning of avoidance or detention procedures, and to assist in the attainment of an improved comprehension of environmental features that may have a link with the crime.
Edited: The scene of the crime and any data connected with the crime are able to supply pointers regarding suspects’ identities and assist in the assessment of scenarios. Both factors also help in the planning of avoidance or detention procedures, as well as in the attainment of an improved comprehension of environmental features that may have a link with the crime.
6. Language flow
As part of this service, we will make sure that you do not have any broken narrative and that language is flowing coherently throughout the text.
7. Ideas and argument
As part of this service, we will flag up any inconsistency or oddity in ideas and arguments laid out in your academic paper, essay or dissertation, or indeed in any other academic paper.
We will also ensure that any ambiguity or lack of clarity that we come across in your copy is handled in order for the text to be fully comprehensible.
9. In-text citation and referencing
We will also ensure that in-text citations, references and bibliography in your essay or dissertation are in the correct format, based on your preferred referencing style, whether APA, Harvard, MLA or others.
Original: VR technology is characterised by a sense of immersion, interactivity and multi sense. (Zhang et al, 2017)
Edited: VR technology is characterised by a sense of immersion, interactivity and multi sense (Zhang et al., 2017).
Original: Education is related to every age group (Nieto and Ramos, 2013:6).
Corrected: Education is related to every age group (Nieto & Ramos, 2013:6).
Who are we?
The Ultimate Proofreader is a professional dissertation proofreading services provider based in the UK. We are located close to London, in the southeast.
Over the years, we have helped a huge number of undergraduates and postgraduates from various universities in the UK and across the world with academic editing and proofreading services of the highest quality for their dissertations, essays, journals, scientific papers and more.
We have helped students and academics from universities such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds, the University of Reading, the University of Sheffield, the University of New York, Utrecht University, and University of London, as well as many others.
We strongly believe in our name, so we strive to provide immaculate academic editing and proofreading services of a quality and standard that can hardly be matched by any other service provider.
We have come to exist and thrive, fully aware that if we do not deliver high-quality services, we would not stand an opportunity in this highly competitive essay and dissertation proofreading services market.
For this reason, delivering academic proofreading services of an excellent quality has been our first guiding principle.
Our second guiding principle is affordability. We are equally aware that if the services that we deliver to clients in the UK and abroad are highly priced, we would be beaten by others who provide thesis or dissertation proofreading.
So, we have been determined to provide outstanding, yet affordable and reasonably priced, proofreading services. We are a caring, rather than greedy, service provider; we appreciate how students often run a tight budget, especially with the high cost of education in the UK.
We have therefore priced our service offering in a way that would make them accessible to everyone.
The third guiding principle we have been working to is to deliver our excellent, affordable dissertation proofreading services in a timely fashion. Although we try our best to complete assignments within fast turnaround times, we never give priority to speed over quality.
For us, priority always comes first. Unlike other providers, our proofreaders and editors may spend one or even two hours on a single page to correct, improve and clarify the text. We do not work on an hourly basis; we give every document we receive 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 academic standard that would help the student or the academic.
Having said that, we still strive to meet orders with tight deadlines by making sure that we have proofreaders and editors available 24/7, ready to step in when needed.
The Ultimate Proofreader prides itself on having a very experienced team of proofreaders and editors who help us deliver those unique proofreading services to our UK clients.
We are also a very friendly service provider, and are always happy to interact with our clients, whether before, during or after the completion of their assignments.
We also believe that our task goes beyond the mere improvement of the language and style of writing to an informative, insightful educational service to academics and students. 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.
Our aim is to help academics and students, particularly non-native speakers, to learn and improve their knowledge about the use of the English language for academic purposes.
We can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (07717750188), around-the-clock.
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