Academic editing

What clients say:

I wholeheartedly recommend M.S. Wordsmith. It’s not just that Mariëlle provides good and efficient editing within the academic sphere. I find it particularly pleasant that she is respectful in regards to the texts, and the thoughts and desires of her customers. She’s able to be empathetic and deliver relevant critical comments at the same time.

Yolanda van Tilborgh

I edit academic pieces written in English: bachelor and master theses, dissertations, articles for publication, grant proposals, et cetera.

Working often with non-native speakers of English, my language editing includes the converting of spellings, vocabulary, and punctuation to make the text more consistently British or American. I will also rid the text of ‘bad’ phrasing due to the language parameters of the author’s native tongue, idioms translated directly, and other idiosyncrasies.

Editing options

  • Language editing: This option includes all of the above plus a grammar, spelling, and punctuation check.
  • Content edit: This option includes a substantive edit of the text as a whole, including internal paragraph structures, the way arguments are built, and the flow of the text. This option does not include language editing.


All rates are based on the amount of work required and the time available to complete the project.


If you would like to work with me

  1. Please send me an email at with your name, the page or word count, and when you prefer the work to be completed. Please include a sample of your text, or the work as a whole, so I can check the quality of writing.
  2. After receiving your email, I will reply with a price quote and an estimate of how long the project will take me.
  3. If you are happy with my offer, please send your work if you have not already done so.
  4. Depending on the quoted total, an advance might need to be paid before I start working on the project. In that case, we will first discuss how you would prefer to pay and I will either send you a PayPal invoice or an invoice with details on how to make a direct deposit into my bank account. Once payment has cleared, I will begin working on the project.

Please note: by agreeing to the quote, you are agreeing to the terms & conditions.