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 critical information, such as your desired completion date for the full edit, the style guide, and your target journal. The form will provide you with a possible price quote, but the sample (diagnostic) edit that the editor does is the more accurate price quote.
We ask that you please send us your complete manuscript so that the editor can follow the argument and understand the context. We also would like to look over the whole manuscript to ensure that we can meet your deadline and determine the cost. For a firm price 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 again, please send us your entire manuscript.
The sample edit serves three purposes: it shows you how your editor would edit your paper, it helps us evaluate the per-word cost of editing your paper, and it helps the editor assess the amount of work involved so that they can commit to your deadline.
Our sample edit is 10 percent of a manuscript sumbitted that is under 5,000 words, and 500 words of a manuscript that is over 5,000 words. 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 price 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 then “Accept All Changes” after you have rejected any changes you disagree with. The Track Changes feature also provides a means for the editor to annotate and comment in the margin regarding 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 information.
Editing LaTeX Source Files
If you have written your paper in LaTeX, some editors can edit the LaTeX source file. However, most of our editors prefer editing in Word because it shows the changes and comments. 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 we 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Just please remember to state your desired completion date, your style guide or journal name, the level of edit you are looking for, whether you would like to include the reference list in the edit, and any other 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 and more accurate price quote.
You can also request a quote by emailing our managing editor, Susan Hatch Morgan, at email@example.com.