Academic editing

Brisbane’s thesis editing expert

Have you written a PhD or master’s thesis, research paper or postgraduate assignment that’s almost ready for submission? I bet you’ve read it a hundred times and pondered over every sentence. Perhaps you’ve grappled with formatting or worried about grammatical errors (especially if English is not your first language). Or maybe you just want to give yourself the absolute best chance of success.

No matter where you’re based in Australia, or what university you’re studying at, I’m here to help. My academic editing services will alleviate stress and showcase your hard work in the best possible light.

Why choose me as your thesis editor?

Having spent more than 16 years working at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), I understand there’s no margin for error when it comes to academic writing. My love for helping students achieve their goals is what led me to specialise in thesis editing.

At QUT, I co-developed a ‘thesis template’ and a manual detailing how to present a thesis using Microsoft Word and led ‘Word for Thesis’ workshops for four years. I’m also a member of the IPEd Standing Committee on Academic Editing, which in 2018 revised the Guidelines for editing research theses. It’s fair to say that thesis editing is my zone of genius.

I mainly edit theses in the fields of education, humanities, social sciences and business, but I can apply my ‘eye for detail’ to most subject areas.

Other academic editing services

While thesis editing is my speciality, I have experience editing a wide range of other academic documents, including:

  • conference papers, journal articles and book chapters
  • grant applications, tenders and award submissions
  • project and research reports
  • resources for staff and students, such as unit outlines and worksheets
  • postgraduate assignments
  • CVs and applications for promotion.

I also offer transcription services for audio or video recordings of research activities.

Academic editing packages

I offer four options for thesis or other academic editing.

All thesis editing options comply with the IPEd Guidelines for editing research theses, which allow copyediting and proofreading but not substantive editing of a thesis.*

For all options involving formatting, simply provide your document as a Word file, together with your institution’s or publisher’s formatting or style guidelines. I will ensure your document is perfectly presented, from the first page to the final sentence.

See the tables below for minimum pricing and package inclusions for the four options. I’ll need to see a copy of your document (or at least a sample) to provide an accurate quote.

* The thesis editing guidelines require that students obtain written approval from their principal supervisor to use a professional editor. I will ask to see evidence of this approval before I begin editing your thesis. An email from your supervisor is all that is needed.

What my academic editing clients say

Your edits are so thorough, it’s amazing. I really appreciate the speed and the expertise you have put into this job at very short notice. You are a one-woman wonder, truly. I am very grateful for your knowledge, your speed, your accuracy and your kindness … and the formatting is perfect!

Dr Mallihai Tambyah

Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, Queensland University of Technology

Charlotte’s commitment to enhancing the quality and presentation of my work is unsurpassable to previous editors I have worked with. It’s one thing to know what you are doing, but Charlotte goes above and beyond in explaining how to fix and avoid the same problems from reoccurring when writing future papers. Charlotte exceeded my expectations in all aspects and provided feedback in a timely manner for a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend using Charlotte’s editorial skills to anybody, especially to people working within academia.

Mitchell Coates

PhD candidate, Faculty of Education & Arts, Australian Catholic University

I wanted to write to sincerely thank you for your recent work towards copyediting my PhD thesis for submission. I was astonished at the level of detail you provided towards not only the visual presentation and style of the thesis, but more importantly all the technical aspects associated with my writing. Your excellent work and the clarity you provided for every suggested amendment enabled me to easily address these and submit my thesis a week ago.
Michael Easey

Lecturer & PhD candidate, Faculty of Education & Arts, Australian Catholic University

Don't wait to get started

Many factors affect how long it takes to edit an academic document. While smaller projects (under 5,000 words) can be edited in a day or two, a PhD thesis requires a minimum of two weeks. To avoid disappointment, I recommend booking well in advance of your submission date.


Contact me to discuss your academic editing needs.

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