FAQs

Lex Academic help academics and PhD students to place their work with leading journals and prestigious publishing houses.

Does Lex Academic provide a confidential service?

Yes. Your work is anonymised before being edited, so nobody will know you have used Lex Academic. If you are happy to leave us a review with your name, then that is absolutely your call; many authors are glad to leave just their initials and institutional affiliation. Otherwise, these details can remain entirely anonymous. You do not need to formally acknowledge Lex Academic in any of your publications: we are proudly your editorial secret weapon.

If you require extra assurance, then we can issue a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). This is a legally binding contract establishing a confidential relationship between yourself and Lex Academic.

How expensive is Lex Academic?

We are realistically priced for the quality of our service. At Lex Academic, we believe in providing a bespoke service befitting the unique requirements of your manuscript. This begins with, and is informed by, a discussion about your work and publication ambitions. We strive to provide extraordinary value for money.

How do I pay?

Before editing begins, we will send you an invoice for the entire fee (inclusive of VAT @ 20%). Invoices can be settled through either credit card, debit card, bank transfer, PayPal, or Wise. In exceptional cases, we accept cheques. If your manuscript exceeds 50,000 words, we are able to offer a payment plan, whereby the fee can be settled across two instalments. 

How quickly can you turn my document around?

We are an author services firm with a difference. As such, we do not like to promise lightning-fast turnaround times, for these services imply (more often than not) a poorer, rushed editing job. We can, of course, accommodate tighter deadlines. Let us know your time constraints or deadline in your project enquiry.

Do you have a pricing guide?

Please enquire for a full pricing menu.

Is it OK if my university pays for the proofreading?

Many of our clients are on European Research Council projects, who generously fund the copy-editing of research outputs.

For PhD students: it is not uncommon for university departments to have funding allocated so that postgraduate students can get their theses professionally proofread. Some universities also have funds in their disability offices to offset the costs of proofreading for students who need dedicated editorial support. Many of our clients have had their PhD editing paid for by their home institution. You will want to enquire with the relevant administrator in your department, faculty and/or disability office.

Legal information

Lex Professional Services Ltd. is a company limited by shares, registered in England and Wales, with Company Number 12241241. Lex Academic® is a registered trademark of Lex Professional Services Ltd.

Contact address

Write to us at: Lex Academic, The Studio, 59 Ifield Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9AU, United Kingdom.

VAT number

Registered VAT Number: 372 5042 13.

“Lex Academic’s copyediting and indexing is brilliant. They took so much time with my manuscript—bonding with the subject matter and creating both flow and meaning. I have been so lucky to find them. I would choose Lex Academic for all my projects. They are champions!”

Dr. Barbara Hales (German Studies, University of Houston - Clear Lake)