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We offer expert proofreading, editing, book design, ebook conversion, and transcription services.

We use Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the latest editions of the APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style guides.

We use Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the latest editions of the APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style guides.

Academic Editing

Do You Need an Editor for Your Thesis, Dissertation, Admission Essay, Term Paper, or Capstone Project?

Achieving your educational goals often begins with strong writing and communication skills. At Compass Rose, we provide professional academic editing and proofreading at a price that is affordable. Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate student, or a high school senior with an admission essay, we will edit your paper for grammar, punctuation, and overall structure, ensuring that the manuscript conforms to the specific style guide required by your academic institution. We are experienced in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles, so let us handle the details of grammar and format while you focus on the content.

How We Edit Your Academic Paper

We can edit whole papers or select chapters of your manuscript. We use the track-edits and comments features of Microsoft Word to edit your manuscript. Most academic projects fall under the Extended Proofreading / Line-by-Line Copyediting service, which is $3.95 per page (page = 250 words). The price INCLUDES formatting and verifying each source in the reference list. We check that the URL or DOI link for each source works and ensure that every source referenced within the text is included in the reference list / bibliography and vice versa. The reference list is one of the most important sections of a paper and also the one prone to the most errors. It’s important to get it right!

Be sure to check our Editorial Rates page for any current specials on proofreading, copy editing, and book design.

Style Guides

No matter which style your academic institution requires for your dissertation, thesis, or capstone project, we use the most recent edition of the prescribed style guide to copy edit your paper. If your particular department has supplementary rules or guidelines that deviate from the standard style, we can incorporate them. Please note that in the field of publishing, style guides cover such matters as punctuation rules; when to use italics or bold text; how and when to capitalize certain words; the proper format for tables, graphs, and charts; and so forth. We will use the appropriate style guide to help you with the mechanics of getting your paper ready for publication or to fulfill your degree requirements.

APA Papers

We use the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, also known as the APA style guide, when editing your paper. APA style comprises a set of guidelines and rules for writing and formatting articles to be published in APA journals or for academic institutions that require APA style. It is the most widely accepted style format for research papers, particularly for social science manuscripts, books, and theses.

Vintage postcard of students at the University of Chicago

A vintage postcard showing students of the University of Chicago. The school was founded in 1890 as a co-educational institution. In 1891, the University of Chicago Press was founded at the college. It is the oldest continuously operating university press and is today the largest university press in the United States. It publishes the well-known The Chicago Manual of Style.

MLA Papers

The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing was first published by the Modern Language Association of America in 1985 and is, according to their literature, "the standard guide for graduate students, scholars, and professional writers." Over 1000 scholarly and literary journals, magazines, and newspapers use MLA style, as well as countless humanities departments, particularly in English and literature disciplines and media studies. We use the most recent edition of the MLA guide when editing your manuscript.

Chicago Manual of Style Papers

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is an academic style guide for the use of American English. It is published by the University of Chicago Press (from which it receives its name). It prescribes a writing style that is widely used in the academic world as well as the publishing industry. CMS deals with all aspects of the editorial process, from American English usage and grammar to document preparation, formatting, and publishing. We use the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style when preparing your paper.

Turnaround Time

Most papers can be returned in five to seven business days. To review our current pricing, go to Editorial Rates. If you are ready to get started, Contact Us for more information.

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