Teachers and academics editing guidelines

Thank you for using our editing service. At the Research Den we specialise in editing:

  • Academic research papers in any discipline
  • Grant applications

Professional editing will improve your chances of being published in your chosen journal or securing the funds you have your eye on to ensure your project gets off the ground. Our suggestions will give you a fresh perspective on your work and the motivation you need to complete and submit your paper or application on time, with confidence. 

What Most Editing Sites Won’t Tell You

When it comes to writing, we each have a number of bad habits – those little quirks that have crept into our writing style without us even realising – which, unfortunately, cause offense to lovers of language convention (that includes the editors of the journal you’re submitting to!) 

The main offenders we see are:

  • Over-use of punctuation, including brackets (parentheses), commas
  • Under-use of punctuation
  • Inappropriate use of punctuation, for example, semi-colons used where a colon should be (and vice versa)
  • Repeated use of the same word
  • Unnecessarily long sentences
  • Poor sentence structure
  • Excessive capitalisation
  • Unclear thesis statement and, therefore, an unclear argument or structure.

Research Papers 

In The Research Den editing process, we will do the following:

  • Proofread your document for spelling and grammatical errors (punctuation, capitalisation, sentence structure, integrity and variety, parallelism, etc.) while commenting on areas that are unclear or need further development.
  • Check the structure, logic or argument/evaluation/analysis against your research question or topic. We are not experts in the field of your research so these comments will be provided from an editing perspective. They are suggestions only. You are responsible for the integrity of your work.
  • Check for topic and linking sentences between paragraphs.
  • Provide a brief, written addendum detailing areas where the paper could be strengthened.
  • Check referencing style and the reference list. Obviously we can’t check your facts, but we can check that you conform to the style mandated by your field.

Grant Applications

In The Research Den editing process, we will do the following:

  • Proofread your document for spelling and grammatical errors (punctuation, capitalisation, sentence structure, integrity and variety, parallelism, etc.) while commenting on areas that are unclear or need further development.
  • Check the structure, logic or argument/evaluation/analysis of your proposal against the funding criteria. We are not experts in the field of your proposal so these comments will be provided from an editing perspective. They are suggestions only. You are responsible for the integrity of your application.
  • Provide a brief, written addendum detailing areas where the grant application could be strengthened.

What We Don’t Do

  • We are not in the business of plagiarism and therefore do not rewrite your original work. We offer practical suggestions for improving poor sentences, word choice, etc. but ultimately the work is yours. 
  • Obviously, we cannot accept responsibility for the rejection of any research paper or grant applications submitted. An editor is just that: an editor.

Turnaround Time

Papers and grant applications under 3000 words will be edited and emailed to you 24 to 48 hours after receiving payment from you. The completion and return of larger documents will depend on a number of factors including your deadline, our availability and the level of editing required to meet your needs. 

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Payment

Once you receive your quote, you will be able to pay online. We require payment before we are able to start work on your paper. Your quote will be valid for a stated period of time. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal.  If you would like to discuss the payment of your account, please Contact Us.

Document Formats

Documents must be in Microsoft Word and will be returned with edits suggested in the ‘track changes’ feature. If grant applications are written on a specific form, you may submit the form. You will also receive additional comments, suggestions and observations from your editor in a separate PDF document.