How We Charge for Our Academic Editing Services

Our editing charges are based on the number of words in the manuscript and the level of editing required. We usually calculate your cost based on a per-word price so that you will have firm quote going into the job, which can give you peace of mind. You pay for the exact number of words in your paper that we edit. We are also happy to charge by the hour, which can be more economical in some situations.

For editing, we usually charge between 3.5 and 13 cents per word (roughly $8.75 to $32.50 per page, based on a word count of 250 words per page, double spaced.) We can also charge by the hour, with rates ranging from $45 to $65 per hour. Our usual hourly editing rate is $50 per hour. For proofreading, a check for typographical errors after a paper has been edited and copyedited, we charge $45 per hour or between 2.5 and 2.8 cents per word.

Per-Word Rates

Several factors affect the cost of editing your paper. In addition to the number of words, we look at the extent of editing required, quantifying the edits based on the amount of grammatical or wording problems in the lines. We also take into account the extent of “structural” editing, that is the analysis and solutions the editor provides in the comments on the logic, flow, or overall organization of the paper as well as the actual restructuring, which can involve moving sentences or providing recrafting of sentences (which your editor would ask you to review to ensure that the sense is in tact). All changes are tracked (in a different font color) so that you can readily find them.

The per word cost of your edit usually falls into one of the following categories:

  • Light edit (copy edit): 3.5–4 cents per word ($50 per hour)
  • Medium edit (substantive edit): 4.1–5 cents per word ($50 per hour)
  • Heavy edit (developmental edit): 5.1–13 cents per word ($50–$65 per hour)
  • Proofreading (after the above editing passes): 2.5–2.8 ($45 per hour)

Typically, a light edit is limited to edits on the word and sentence level and would not require substantive rewriting. A medium edit can include more structural issues on the sentence and paragraph level. A heavy edit can include all of the above plus structural issues on the document level, such as the reordering of paragraphs or cutting of redundant text, which calls for a more nuanced and in-depth understanding of the text.

Sample Edit

When you submit your request for a sample edit and price quote, we ask that you submit the full manuscript. With the full manuscript your editor can review the paper for any structural problems that could impact your cost, and the ultimate success of your paper. Knowing the full size of the paper also helps us to identify an editor who can complete your job within your requested time frame.

The editor who will edit your paper will provide you with a sample edit (for a manuscript longer than 5,000 words, 500 words; for a manuscript less than 5,000 words, 10 percent of the full text), which we use as the basis of your quote. With this sample edit, you can see what sort of edit the editor will provide. Your cost is commensurate with the level of edit demonstrated.

Within 48 hours of receiving your complete text, we will return our no-obligation sample edit and price quote for editing the rest of the document. The sample edit demonstrates what you can expect for the full edit and also helps us to verify the appropriate level of edit for your paper.

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If we format only — without editing — we charge between $40 and $45 per hour. We can also provide you with a fixed quote for formatting jobs.

Cite Checking

We can check the accuracy of your citations. For this work, which can be very time consuming, we charge $45/hour.

Custom Jobs

As a small firm, we are able to meet a broad range of customer needs. So if you have any specific requirements, please inquire.

Rush Jobs

Once you confirm that you want us to proceed with your project, for jobs under 10,000 words, we usually guarantee that the edited paper will be returned in 5 to 6 days. If you require a faster turnaround, we can usually accommodate rush jobs. We charge the following surcharges for rush deliveries:

Within four days: Surcharge of 30%
Within three days: Surcharge of 40%
Within two days: Surcharge of 50%
Within one day: Make inquiry

Minimum Job

We accept small jobs but have a minimum order fee of $50 for papers that are 1,000 words or less.

Oxford Editing Offers Competitive Pricing

Oxford Editing makes an effort to be competitive in our pricing. Because we are a small firm, we are able to work with clients to offer them the best value. Therefore, we are willing to consider matching or beating a competitor’s price. Please inquire.

Payment Methods

Oxford Editing accepts payment via Visa, MasterCard, Dwolla, and PayPal and wire transfers. Please let us know in advance if you would like to pay with a wire transfer. Dwolla is our preferred payment method.

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To pay for your editing job using a credit card or using Dwolla to pay directly from your bank account, please go to the Oxford Editing Payment page.

Oxford Editing Adds Value

Oxford Editing’s academic editing services can add considerable value to your manuscript by helping you to produce a text that is lean, clear, and highly readable. Using our services can also cut down on your production time. Our editors understand publishing standards, journal and book publishers’ expectations, and how to craft a winning text. Please read our Testimonials to appreciate the value of choosing our academic editing services.