Levelling the playing field for international researchers

Our academic editing and translation services support non-native researchers and PhD students, as well as established authors, with impeccable proofreading, copy-editing, translation, and indexing. We pledge publication success.

Editing for researchers, by researchers

Our highly engaged author service at Lex Academic combines two strands of exemplary editorial expertise. First, our technical language copy-editing aims to perfect scholarly work—from the logical level of argumentation to the finest points of punctuation. Second, our intimate knowledge of the most competitive peer-reviewed journals reflects our unparalleled academic consulting prowess. We empower you to place your work in career-enhancing outlets through exemplary editing and unmatched acquaintance with journal processes and peer-reviewer expectations. Lex Academic’s powerful conjunction of academic research expertise and the most exacting linguistic standards constitutes a proven formula in getting your work accepted for publication the first time around. We care for and nurture our inspirational clients, leading them from draft to publication in a reliable, professional process that advances one’s career and vastlly broadens one’s publication horizons. Through our careful interventions, we can elevate the scholarly register of any manuscript, helping to engage your reader as effectively as possible with your ideas, whether you are working in the high humanities or the hard sciences.

Our extraordinary clients have placed their work with Nature, PLOS One, Public Law, Mind & Language, The Classical Review, The Classical Quarterly, Journal of Philosophy, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Bayesian Analysis, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mind, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Social Policy and Society, Synthese, Ratio, and countless others.

Gain a competitive advantage in academic publishing

Based in London, we are an author services firm purveying the very finest proofreading in the world. Our attention to detail is entirely unmatched by our generic competitors. Spearheaded by Oxbridge-educated academics, we boast 35 years’ editorial experience with over 100 research publications between us.

We appreciate the challenges encountered by academics in the hyper-competitive publishing space, especially those who are not native speakers of English. While our editing service may be considered a competitive advantage in gaining entry to the top journals, it also helps to level the playing field for those who might otherwise be held back by writing in their second or third language. Language should never be a barrier to publication: that is why a proportion of our profits go towards our two Lex Academic Scholarships, funds that support humanities and science postgraduate students with dyslexia.

We are proudly staffed by editors with PhDs from the world’s most illustrious institutions. Our Oxbridge-educated CEO, Louise Chapman, leads the entire editorial process, meaning that all work is scrupulously scrutinised before being reunited with its author.

Our unparalleled author service ensures your work is submission-ready with a tailored menu of proofreading, editing, and consulting services that promote publication success. Our support extends to editing grant funding applications (e.g., European Research Council, Leverhulme, British Academy, Wellcome Trust, and AHRC/ESRC), academic job applications (including teaching philosophies, CVs, and impact cases), and PhD dossiers. It is our mission to get your academic career off to a flying start.

About our founders

Our CEO, Louise Chapman, is a consummate editorial professional. Her perfectionistic approach to proofreading—combined with a compassionate, client-centred ethos—ensures that your manuscript receives the care and attention it deserves. Educated at King’s College London (BA), the University of Oxford (MSt), and the University of Cambridge (PhD), Louise combines subject expertise in Philosophy and Classics while also dispensing decades of experience in academic writing and editing. She has copy-edited hundreds of PhDs and academic monographs in the humanities and social sciences, exceeding expectations at every turn. During her academic career, Louise won over $250k in research funding from the world’s most elite universities. She has helped dozens of academics transform grant applications into fund-securing proposals, including Horizon 2020 and European Research Council (ERC) bids. Louise’s editorial work extends to indexing books and edited volumes for the world’s most renowned publishing houses, including Oxford University Press, Peeters, and Routledge.

Our COO and Publication Consultant, Constantine Sandis, is a Professor of Philosophy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Trustee of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Constantine read Philosophy & Theology at St Anne’s College, Oxford and has hundreds of publications to his name, including books with Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, and Wiley-Blackwell. Constantine edits Bloomsbury’s Why Philosophy Matters and Palgrave Macmillan’s Philosophers in Depth series, as well as Anthem Studies in Wittgenstein. As Associate Editor of Philosophical Explorations, Professor Sandis knows what it takes to publish with leading journals and guides the Lex Academic editorial process with this wisdom. Professor Sandis has extensive experience taking authors (as well as volume editors) to contract in his capacity as editor for various series published by Palgrave Macmillan, Anthem Press, and Bloomsbury. He is fluent in English, French, Greek, and Italian and has demonstrable academic proficiency in ancient Greek and Latin. Professor Sandis leads Lex Academic’s translation wing.

Our Chairman, Peter Redhead, spent much of his illustrious career in finance. An equity research specialist, Peter was personally rated number one in the Institutional Investor Poll, leading the JPMorgan research team in Asia and Europe as Managing Director. Peter later became Head of Global Research at Macquarie. Preceded by a reputation for excellence and creativity, Peter’s commercial research management skills across multiple geographies—including editorial and translation functions—are peerless and unquestioned. Having managed analysts from over 30 countries, Peter knows that success should come from the quality of research undertaken, the originality of ideas, and the utility and impact of conclusions rather any advantage afforded by background, geography, or mother tongue. Compelled by the possibility of levelling the playing field for academics globally, Peter became Lex Academic’s first external investor and partner. As Chairman, Peter is committed to enabling academic publication success through the provision of outstanding editing and translation services, as well as developing a unique community of like-minded editors and colleagues. With two higher degrees from Durham University, Peter is also a seasoned executive coach and angel investor.

Leon Xiao is a first-class law graduate of Durham University and a Lord Denning Scholar at The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Leon is currently studying for an LLM at City, University of London. Leon researches video game law, particularly the regulation of loot boxes, a quasi-gambling monetisation mechanic in video games. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals across various disciplines, such as Behavioural Public Policy (Cambridge University Press), International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction (Springer Nature), and Gaming Law Review (Mary Ann Liebert). Leon has also appeared before the Law Commission of England and Wales, and submitted policy recommendations to the Spanish and UK Governments. Leon is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and assists Lex Academic’s expansion into East Asia.

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Lex Academic are a listed supplier of academic translation services in dozens of universities worldwide, including Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Universität Ulm, and Università di Torino.

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Lex Academic copyedited my new book for Oxford University Press. I was extremely impressed with the entire editorial process, which significantly shortened the time I would have needed to submit the manuscript to the publisher. The editing was excellent and delivered in a timely manner. The editor was careful and meticulous, suggesting very well-judged, editorial interventions. Lex Academic offers an outstanding service and I do not hesitate to recommend it to all researchers in need of rigorous, academic, editorial support for their publications.

Professor Luciano Floridi (Oxford Internet Institute)