The areas where professional proofreading and editing services can come in handy include:
- Journal articles;
- Essays and assignments;
- Research projects.
Your needs are simple. You want to find the best quality for your price and be 100% certain that you will receive your order in time. However, choosing the right person for the job may be difficult. There are a lot of companies out there promising to be ‘the best’. Below are 5 features that are shared by all great editing and proofreading services.
1. Native Speakers
While hundreds of skilled academic with high IELTS scores exist, only native speakers are sufficiently immersed in English. Only native speakers have the ability to make the final text-sound 100% natural. However, you need to also make sure that your agency of choice hand-picks these specialists to possess the required competencies, which brings us to the second point.
2. Formal Training and Stylistic Proficiency
Ideally, the proofreaders assigned to your order should possess academic degrees in your sphere of interest. A talented and experienced writer with 100+ texts in natural sciences in their portfolio will be unable to write a simple Bachelors coursework in marketing and management. With the best will in the world, a jack of all trades is a master of none, which is especially true for professional editors.
3. Good Availability
The whole world is in a state of uncertainty right now, and so are universities. Frequently, new requirements for assignments arrive several days before your submission date and require major revisions. In this scenario, there is nothing worse than trying to contact your agency of choice for hours straight to no avail. Even if you are not planning to do so, make sure that they have someone at their office checking email during non-working hours and holidays to resolve urgent matters (if any).
4. Good Communication and Observational Skills
Editing and proofreading are both a skill and an art. Hence, they are subject to personal opinions and potential conflicts. A good editor with a keen eye will always suggest some areas for improvement when revising your assignment, dissertation or article. In most cases, this can be highly positive for the end result. In some situations, you may ask them to stick to some basic proofreading and keep your original arguments intact. Good communication will ensure that both scenarios will produce a positive customer experience.
5. Competence in Different Style Guides and Formats
Academic works can be submitted in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and other styles depending on the sphere of sciences and recipient preferences. There also exist multiple versions of these guides as well as custom university guides making things even more complicated. A great editing and proofreading service must be experienced in using all of these styles in order to recognise any referencing mistakes in your work and eliminate them.