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For PhD students

Are you finishing up your PhD dissertation or scholarship application? Do you want a second pair of well-trained eyes to go over your document before you submit it to your jury, committee, or funding body?

Is there a long bibliography that needs to be formatted, and are you too burned out to do it? Or do you need to format your document and can you not seem to figure out Word styles?

Let me help you.

I am an experienced academic copyeditor with many editing courses under her belt and expert knowledge of many citation styles in the social sciences and humanities. I am well trained in Microsoft Word. I’ve written a PhD dissertation myself and I know what it takes to complete it for submission.

Please have a look at my services and rates below and contact me at if you are interested! Keep in mind that I will be on maternity leave from October 31, 2022, until May 1, 2023.

Please note that the ethics of my profession prohibit me from making far-reaching changes in dissertations. Also, my services require the written consent of a supervisor, which we can arrange by email should you choose to work with me.

Services and rates

These prices do not include VAT. I do not charge VAT for individuals or institutions outside the EU; for institutions within the EU, VAT is reverse-charged.


I check your dissertation or dissertation chapter for spelling, grammar, typos, and consistency. Proofreading doesn’t include stylistic interventions such as shortening sentences or improving word choice and usage. It does include a reference completeness check for author-date type citations (I won’t include references in the word count).
Rate: €0.02 per word.
Example: Proofreading an 80,000-word dissertation will cost €1,600.


I check your dissertation or dissertation chapter for spelling, grammar, typos, and consistency. I also improve word choice and usage, fix overly long sentences, and point out things that are not clear. I check that references are complete and formatted according to the preferred citation style, and that university guidelines are followed, so that you can confidently submit your work to the jury.
Rate: €0.03 per word.
Example: Copyediting an 80,000-word dissertation will cost €2,400.

Document formatting

This package includes the styling of headings, and the creation of a table of contents, list of figures, list of tables, and list of abbreviations. I also ensure that cross-references to figures and tables are numbered correctly.
Rate: €150 for documents up to 60,000 words; €200 for documents between 60,000 and 120,000 words. Word counts do not include the reference list.

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.
Rate: €2 per reference.
Example: Checking and formatting a reference list containing 100 references will cost €200.


Dr. Dalila Ghodbane
Architect, Associate researcher, CEDEJ (Centre d’études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales), Cairo, Egypt
I recommend the services of Marieke Krijnen without any reserve. She edited my doctoral thesis (in architecture), and reading her reviews and suggestions encouraged me and helped me keep the pace of the writing. She is very meticulous, and I could see her true motivation to make my argumentation clearer. With Marieke Krijnen, you will have the best possible support in your writing project. Finally, the communication between us was always very smooth, which made my experience of working with Marieke a real pleasure. I would definitely do it again.

Fugang Gao
PhD candidate, Radboud University
I highly recommend Marieke Krijnen as thesis editor. My doctoral thesis is about land use regulations, and she edited it in great detail and offered many excellent suggestions. I can imagine that she read my thesis word by word and tried to understand the arguments and make them better. After her edition, my thesis improved a lot regarding correctness, consistency, and clearness. Besides, Marieke responded quickly in the second round, and I appreciate that.

İpek Mehmetoğlu
PhD candidate, McGill University
I loved working with Marieke. I didn’t have the chance to meet her in person, but I could feel how a nice and understanding person she is through our e-mail exchanges. She proofread my dissertation shortly before I submitted. I was a bit pressed with the deadline approaching, but she made sure that I met my deadline without any stress. She was very attentive and thorough and gave useful suggestions. I am glad that I met her, and I hope to work with her in the future. I would highly recommend her. 

Marina Tulin
PhD candidate, University of Amsterdam
Marieke did an excellent job proofreading my PhD dissertation. I contacted her when I was already pressed for time, and she did not only agree to do it on short notice, but she even beat the deadline! What I particularly liked was that communication with Marieke was very pleasant, efficient and easy. She was proactive in making suggestions, but always checked in with me. I really enjoyed working with her and I would do it again any time.

Dr. Andrea Núñez Casal
Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
Marieke proofread and formatted my doctoral dissertation. I could not be more satisfied with the result. She was very conscious about and sensitive to the nature and challenges of my work and writing, involving embodied experiences of health and disease. She is incredibly accurate, reliable, responsible and transparent, all essential qualities in a editor, and especially so for early-career researchers, an uncertain stage in which the pressures of authorship and publishing are at its highest. In addition, working with Marieke turned the weeks before the official submission of my PhD into a pleasurable experience! I highly recommend her editorial services.

Marie Karner
PhD candidate, Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
I can highly recommend Marieke if you are looking for a professional editor who is reliable and very accurate. She responds to e-mails immediately and edited an article at very short notice. Thanks to her expertise in the Middle East, she also comments on content-related formulations. I agreed to all of her suggestions for changes which is the best proof for the high quality of her work.