Proofreading for PhDs

Reduce the risk of minor corrections with a bespoke PhD edit, specially tailored to the doctoral examination.

Outmanoeuvring ‘Minor Corrections’

In our professional editorial experience, PhDs require a very particular form of proofreading. At Lex Academic, we recognise the priorities of doctoral candidates as they navigate the rite of passage from PhD submission through to examination and, thereafter, the academic job market. With many students moving onto postdoctoral positions upon receipt of their PhD, we understand that you do not want the examination process to be drawn out by a lengthy (and demoralising) round of revisions. With this in mind, we have devised a proofreading service dedicated to removing the chances of receiving minor corrections from your exam, while also preserving the academic integrity of your scholarship. Through our careful interventions, we can elevate the scholarly register of your thesis, helping to engage your examiner as effectively as possible with your ideas, whether you are working in the high humanities or the hard sciences. 

In offering this service, we check and correct for typographical mistakes, grammatical and punctuation errors, structural infelicities, and sentences that do not read well (for whatever reason). We will also retrieve and format absent or inadequate references. We thus aim to reduce the risk of receiving minor corrections based not only on the sort of mistakes that a regular proofreading service (or your supervisor!) might catch, but also missing or incomplete citations and/or formatting issues. As part of this service, we strictly heed any university regulations so that the thesis meets the relevant form (as opposed to content). To this end, we are conversant with the dominant citation styles for business, the social sciences, humanities, and law (including APA, Chicago, Harvard, ICMJE, MHRA, MLA, and OSCOLA).

If you have received major corrections from your doctoral examination, we can also assist. Please contact our Managing Editor to enquire

We have uniquely strong expertise proofreading within Art History, Anthropology, Classics, and Philosophy. We can also edit Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Can we help with anything else?

Ensure your entire manuscript is submission-ready with our bespoke Indexing and Bibliography Compiling services. We also purvey extraordinary academic Proofreading, Copy-Editing, and Substantive Editing. Our impeccable author services include correcting all typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. Where desired, we can make stylistic and substantive changes to your work that promise a powerful first impression with major publishers. Our authors have published with all of the top-tier publishing houses, including Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Peter Lang, Princeton University Press, and Routledge.

Authors or publishers interested in our services should get in touch with our Managing Editor detailing their editorial requirements and publication ambitions.

"As a non-native English speaker working in academic philosophy, language can be an additional challenge to publish your research in the best journals. Lex Academic helped me turn my manuscripts into impeccable idiomatic style and clarity. They were fast, precise, and very flexible. My manuscripts have been subsequently accepted for publication in Erkenntnis, Philosophia, and Ratio. Highly recommended!"

Dr. Manuel Gustavo Isaac (Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of St Andrews)