Are your documents ready to be published? Little distracts a reader more than poor attention to detail, errors and inconsistencies.

A linguistic call to arms has these premises: nobody wants to read bad writing, while great writing is a pleasure to read, makes you look good, and is good business.

Based in South Africa, I’m a native English-speaking manuscript editor, copyeditor and proofreader with years of experience across many fields and sectors.

I have assisted many authors to successfully submit papers to more than 60 academic journals and several conferences. The journals include Nature, Organization, Mortality, Academy of Management Journal, Geophysical Journal International, Leadership Quarterly and Harvard Business Review.

I take full responsibility for a document – as if I were the co-author.

Unless there is a time constraint, I go through every document thrice: once in soft copy and once in hard copy; I then apply the changes to the hard copy to the soft copy, ensure consistency of usages, run a UK/U.S. spell-check and check for double spaces.

I also generate a checklist-format Notes page (rather than an alphabetical style-sheet) that allows the author to contain and sign off the document.

This reduces the time and effort an author needs to invest in getting a document publication-ready.

While in the past I invoiced through two editing networks (one in the Netherlands and one in Germany), I now work solely for my own account, via a respected and trustworthy financial institution. This has been consistently easy and glitch-free.

My 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), Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

I have had the opportunity to edit a paper by the micro-credit pioneer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank).

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

I also do work for various sub-organisations of and individuals connected to the United Nations, including the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

To some, an editing practice that stretches back more than a decade may seem extraordinary. To me, it’s simply the careful process of delivering great writing worthy of the name Alphabet City.

The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can assist you. Feel free to ask me for a cost estimate.

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