Is your English fit for publication? Nothing distracts a reader more than lack of attention to detail, unnecessary errors and inconsistencies.

The cleaner the work is to begin with, the cleaner it will emerge; it might even not need a second edit.

A linguistic call to arms has two premises: nobody wants to read bad writing, and great writing is a pleasure to read as well as good business.

Based in South Africa and The Netherlands, Alphabet City is an owner-managed group of native English-speaking editors with many years’ experience of editing as well as copywriting work. It was founded in early 2007 by Johan Emerson Grobler.

We are a sister company of Stellenbosch Publishing / Ilse Evertse and Associates (The Hague).

Besides papers, books, book chapters, white papers, proposals and theses, we also edit case studies, PowerPoint presentations and lectures, CVs, MBA applications, job applications, research proposals, funding applications, research posters and course material in PowerPoint, faculty program overviews, institute brochures, course outlines, teaching notes, activity reports, exams, accreditation eligibility applications, cover letters, speeches, recommendation letters, referee letters, and nominations for best paper awards.

Alphabet City’s clients include academics, consultants, university departments, and organisations concerned with policy, science and conservation in Europe (mostly from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland), South Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

I have assisted many authors to successfully submit papers to dozens of academic journals and conferences. These include Nature, Organization, Academy of Management Journal, Leadership Quarterly and Harvard Business Review.

Our work comes to us almost exclusively via word-of-mouth, and we work on an ad hoc or a project (e.g. a book) or retainer basis.

I have edited a paper by the micro-credit pioneer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank). I also do work for various sub-organisations of and individuals connected to the United Nations, including the International Social Science Council.

Four of my clients are Editors or Associate Editors of academic journals.

We seek to ensure that every document we work on is complete, clear, concise, correct, coherent, consistent, convincing and logical.

The fields I work in include but are not limited to organisation studies and management, behavioural economics, business models, entrepreneurship, structured finance, accounting and auditing, branding and marketing, urban studies, architecture, information sciences, earth sciences, statistics, education, art, anthropology, philosophy, policy, social media, voting, education and the humanities.

The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can assist you. Also, don’t forget to tell us whether you require UK or U.S. English.

Feel free to ask me for a cost estimate on your final draft and to ask whether I have capacity to edit your work…