FAQ

  • What if you don’t understand my research?

This is the most common question I’m asked.  The truth is, I don’t need to fully understand your work. The principles and rules I work with are universally true for any English-language writing.  Some of your reviewers may not even understand your research perfectly, or certainly not as perfectly as you do; your work, in whatever discipline, needs to be clearly communicated—not to an absolute layman, but at least to a generalist colleague. You don’t need your data checked for accuracy; you need to make sure your writing clearly communicates what that data means. Whether you’re working in neuropsychology, microbiology, or constitutional law, a good copyeditor will make sure your language is clear, precise, and accurate.

  • How much does your service cost?

I edit for a wide range of disciplines and for authors with a wide range of needs, so there’s no one-size-fits-all pricing scheme; my rates differ depending on the type of work. Contact me at edit@acdclark.com with information about your project and we’ll work out the most sensible pricing together.

  • What does the process look like?

First, you contact me with the basics: your name, your field, what kind of work you want me to edit, and what your timeline looks like. (A copy of your manuscript—or even a few pages of it—is very helpful at this point.) I’ll get in touch with you quickly, and we’ll talk about details, scheduling, pricing, and any questions you may have. For lengthy works, I may ask for a deposit before I start work.

The actual editing process can include a few different types of edits. If you’re looking for more substantive edits—thought reorganization, rewriting statements for clarity, etc.—I’ll do some research into the principles of your work and the common terms and concepts in your field before I begin.  If you’re looking for formatting edits for a specific target journal or journals, let me know that as well; I’m happy to look into a publication’s specific formatting and language preferences and make sure your manuscript conforms to them as closely as possible. My core service is a detailed language and style edit to make sure your grammar and construction is perfect. The lightest possible edit (which I do with every paper) is a simple read-through for spelling, spacing, and punctuation errors or typos. All of this is tracked, so you’ll be able to see each change.

Once you get your manuscript back, you’ll look over my edits and comments and then get in touch with me with any questions you have.  I’m always willing to take another look at a section or two if you want me to tweak something a bit further. If you have any additions to make—for example, some of my clients send me manuscripts before they have their final data calculated—I highly recommend sending any additional pages or paragraphs to me for a final edit.

  • What’s your turnaround time?

Generally speaking, I can turn around a standard research paper in a week. There are times when a draft can be turned around in three days; there are times when it needs two weeks. We’ll work this out together based on the length of your work, your deadlines, and my availability.

  • How do I pay you?

I accept PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, and checks sent through the mail.  For longer works (theses, books, etc.) I don’t start work until I receive a deposit payment, so you should choose your method based in part on how quickly you want to receive your edited manuscript.

  • What if I don’t agree with some of your edits?

This issue comes up surprisingly infrequently, primarily because academic editing doesn’t really involve changes in content. You did your own research, and you came up with your own conclusions. I don’t change that; I just make it clear to the reader. That being said, all edits are tracked and reversible. You will receive two documents: one with all the changes tracked, and another “clean” copy.

  • What if I have other questions?

Contact me! I’m happy to chat about the process—no commitment required.