Have you finished a book manuscript or journal article?
Has it not been submitted yet because you don’t have time to look up and apply all publisher guidelines and the required citation style?
Would you like a well-trained second pair of eyes to perform a grammar, spelling, and consistency check? Do you need someone to look up each reference and style it correctly?
I can help!
I am an experienced and well-trained copyeditor and former academic. For years, I have helped academics in the social sciences and humanities prepare their work for submission.
I can edit your manuscript so that it conforms to publisher guidelines, the language is polished, and the references are formatted correctly. In this way, you can submit your work with confidence!
There are indications that manuscripts that are edited prior to submission perform better during peer review, since reviewers are able to focus on the content of the work without being distracted by missing references, typos, or language inconsistencies.
Services and rates
I provide copyediting as well as reference checking and formatting services for all kinds of academic manuscripts. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can choose from three main packages:
Copyediting with reference checking and formatting
This is the full package: I edit the text to make the language consistent, accurate, and coherent. I also check that references are complete and formatted according to the preferred citation style, and that publisher guidelines are followed. In addition, I look up each reference online to make sure that its details are correct: Is the author name spelled correctly? Is the title complete? Is the volume number correct?
Rates: €0.03–€0.04 per word depending on the level of editing required; €2 per reference. For institutions in the EU (not individuals), an additional 23% VAT is reverse-charged.
Example: Copyediting an 8,000-word journal article in addition to checking 50 references will cost €340 to €420, excluding VAT: 8,000 x 0.03 or 0.04 + 50 x 2 = €340 or €420.
This package includes copyediting and the formatting of references, without checking them. I edit the text to make the language consistent, accurate, and coherent. I also check that references are complete and formatted according to the preferred citation style, that publisher guidelines are followed, and that cross-references to figures and tables are accurate.
Rates: €0.03–€0.04 per word depending on the level of editing required. For institutions in the EU (not individuals), an additional 23% VAT is reverse-charged.
Example: Copyediting an 8,000-word journal article that includes a reference list of 1,000 words will cost €240 to €320, excluding VAT: 8,000 x 0.03 or 0.04 = €240 or €320.
Reference checking and formatting
This is a service in which you can send me your list of references. In addition to formatting them according to the required citation style, I will look each one up and make sure the author name, titles, and so on are spelled right and conform to journal or publisher requirements.
Rates: €2 per reference. For institutions in the EU (not individuals), an additional 23% VAT is reverse-charged.
Example: Checking and formatting a reference list containing 100 references will cost €200, excluding VAT.
Prof. Daniel Bertrand Monk
Marieke is a consummate professional. She knows all aspects of academic publishing and expedites careful copy-editing beautifully. She takes the most difficult part of shepherding a project to publication and makes it painless. I cannot imagine doing a large editorial project without her. Or a small one.
Dr. Eline Scheerlinck
Marieke’s proofreading of my article was impeccable. Grammar, punctuation, style guide: she paid attention to every detail. As a result, I feel very confident now about submitting my article for print. She is very correct and delivered before the deadline. Her commenting and correcting style is clear. Overall, working with her is a joy, and I am sure this will not have been the last time.
Dr. Boris Verbrugge
Senior Researcher, KU Leuven
Extremely professional and incredible value-for-money
Marieke edited an article that I co-authored with a Tanzanian PhD-student. As an ex-colleague, I knew that Marieke would deliver, but the result was even better than expected. Aside from the foolproof language editing, she made clear efforts to understand the message that the author wanted to bring across, and she made some very useful suggestions as to how the article can be improved further. It was at least partly thanks to her professional editing services that the article was accepted without major revisions.
Prof. Hagar Kotef
Senior Lecturer, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom
Marieke worked with me on a book manuscript, and was a thorough, attentive, and very engaged editor. She worked incredibly efficiently, even though the text was quite dense theoretically. She did a fantastic work in making it clean, correct, and coherent – both in technical terms (style of references, redundancies, typos), but also in terms of the argument. Her work is truly excellent and I highly recommend her as an editor.
Dr. Lyna Comaty
PhD and author
Working with Marieke was a pleasure. She helped me turn my 300-page PhD dissertation into an interesting monograph publication. She quickly grasped the subject and had a very coherent proposal. I loved how she guided me in her comments and changes, always checking whether the changes were done and whether they made sense. Work was always submitted on time and she was always an email away when I had a question. She is a professional editor, I definitely recommend her.
Dr. Miriam Stock
Juniorprof. University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Marieke is a great editor and a very pleasant and reliable person to work with. I had to review an article and needed some language editing. Marieke did a very quick, highly accurate and also creative editing of my article that improved the quality tremendously.