The Sample Edit
We offer a no-obligation sample edit to new clients. To receive this sample, or test, edit, please provide the following:
- The deadline (ours, not the journal submission deadline)
- The full paper
- The style guide or target journal website for the submission guidelines
- The type of English (British or American)
We must know the deadline to determine which editor can edit your paper. We request the entire paper so that the editor can begin at the beginning and know your paper’s thesis. We would also like to determine the scope of work by looking over the whole manuscript to assess its overall structure. We need to know the total word count to assess the time required to edit your paper and hence, the cost. The editor takes into account the required style guide and the type of English when doing the sample edit, but in some cases will attend to that in the full edit.
Purpose of the Sample Edit
1) To Demonstrate What the Edit Will Look Like: The sample edit shows you what you can expect from the edit. We want to ensure that you accept and approve the edit before we begin.
2) Assessing the Scope of Work: To provide a quote (or determine if the paper is ready for editing), the editor must do a sample edit. When an editor actually edits the text, they read it very closely, on multiple levels and can see things that cannot be seen from a cursory glance. Editors may time themselves during the sample to calculate the amount of time they spend on a page and then extrapolate that to a per-word rate. It can be somewhat difficult to assess structure in the sample as the limited sample often restricts their edit to a line edit. Because we use a sample edit instead of a flat fee, the quote is customized to your paper.
How Much Text We Edit in the Sample Edit
Our sample edit consists of 10 percent, or approximately 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 the no-obligation sample edit. The editor needs to see the scope of the work in order to see if the work can be completed within their existing schedule.
Knowing Your Deadline is Important for the Sample Edit
We ask for your deadline at the beginning of the process because the editor who would edit your full paper, if you decide to proceed, is the same editor who does the sample edit. Therefore, the first step in our process is identifying the editor who can meet your deadline. That editor then does the sample edit.
We will assume that that deadline is our deadline, in US time. In planning the turnaround time for the edit, please leave yourself time to revise before you submit your paper.
Time Required for the Sample Edit
We ask for your patience as we look over your paper. Depending on your editor’s schedule, it can take two days (occasionally longer) to do the sample edit. Assessing the cost of the edit requires focus and time, and this assessment must be fit into an editor’s regular schedule.
You can see samples of our proofreading and editing by clicking on the link in the sidebar at right.