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If you are new to Oxford Editing and would like to see how we would edit your paper, please fill out the submission form below. The form requests key information, such as your final editing deadline and the style guide or link to your target journal or university’s style guidelines.

We request the entire paper so that the editor begin at the beginning and know, as any reader needs to know, the premises of the argument. We also would like to look over the whole manuscript to consider the overall structure and to know the word count in order to provide you with a firm quote.

The sample edit serves two purposes: it demonstrates the editing style and skill of your editor and it helps us evaluate the per-word cost of editing your paper.

Our sample edit consists of 10 percent, or 500 words of a text over 5,000 words, of the paper you submit. We offer this no-obligation sample edit the first time you submit a document to Oxford Editing. Please submit your entire manuscript for a no-obligation sample edit. With the entire document, we can evaluate the structure of the document and provide you with a firm quote.

Preferred File Format

We prefer to edit in Microsoft Word so that the editor can track the changes and you can see all the edits. Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” feature shows you all the changes that your editor recommends. With the changes highlighted, you can review the edits and “Accept All Changes” after you have rejected changes you do not agree with. The Track Changes feature also provides a means for the editor to annotate and comment in the margin on any potentially significant changes; explain their suggested changes; ascertain that they have understood the meaning should there be any ambiguity in the original wording; or call out or flag a potential problem, such as lack of clarity or the need to add more data.

Editing LaTeX Source Files

If you have written your paper in LaTeX, we can edit the LaTeX source file. However, most of our editors prefer editing in Word. There are two disadvantages of editing in LaTeX: 1) LaTeX doesn’t allow for accepting/rejecting of changes and 2) the editor cannot make comments in the margins to communicate with you. We can edit a .pdf file format only with the greatest difficulty and so strongly discourage clients from sending us a .pdf file.

One technique we recommended for putting text into a Word or .doc file is to copy and paste the text from the LaTeX source file into a Word file for the editor to edit. (We can also open an .rtf or .txt file in Word. We don’t recommend using a converting program to convert from a .pdf to Word.) After we have returned the edited document to you and you have removed the comments and accepted or rejected the edits, you can do a Save As .txt file and then convert to a .tex file.

How to Submit Your Document

If you are an established client, please feel free to send your paper directly, attaching it to an email and sending it to Just please remember to state your desired completion date, your style guide or journal name, level of edit you are looking for, and any instructions that would help the editor to carry out your expectations.

If you would like an instant price quote for the editing of your manuscript which gives you an approximate idea of the cost, please fill out the form below and submit your complete document. Within 48 hours, we will email you your editor’s sample edit along with a firm price quote.

For a firm quote, we generally require that you submit the entire paper, not a portion of your manuscript. If you cannot send the full paper for some reason, please let us know, and we will attempt to accommodate you. Please note that the editor generally needs to see the opening to understand the argument and context, so please send us the beginning, and ideally, send us your entire manuscript.

You can also request a quote by emailing our managing editor, Susan Hatch Morgan, at