The Clarity Editor

Copyediting & line editing

copyediting services

You get: A clearer and convincing manuscript with (1) good grammar, appropriate syntax and punctuation, and consistent style; and (2) compelling flow and structure, and logic.

Service Description

All writers can benefit from having a professional, reliable, and sympathetic copyeditor review your work before submission or publication.

[ Read this first if you’re not sure whether you need copyediting or proofreading. ]

You can choose from copyediting and line editing. Sometimes the distinction between the two isn’t so clear-cut, in which case, you can tell me which side you lean towards 🙂

Copyediting: “Technical” surface clean-up

Copyediting is mostly about cleaning up the text so it’s ready for the designer to prepare the layout. (CIEP calls this a “technical” level of copyediting.)

Even if your document isn’t going to a designer, you can think of copyediting as the final clean-up: making sure styles and formatting are applied consistently following the specified style and fine-tuning the sentences.

I’ll check your document for

  • Grammar, spelling, and syntax
  • Style and consistency

Line editing: A deeper review

Line editing goes a bit deeper than copyediting. This is where I help you identify areas to work on to make sure your messages are clear and your paper is logical and convincing. (CIEP calls this a “structural” level of copyediting.)

Some questions I might ask include

  • Does the overall logic flow? Is it structured well?
  • Is each argument clear and supported by evidence?
  • Are there any ambiguous or unclear sentences?

[ Again, here is some help if you’re not sure whether you need copyediting or proofreading. Also, find out more about my approach to copyediting. ]

Especially if you are a multi-language author who wants to make sure the message of your writing is not “lost in translation”: I’m here to help.


Examples of past work

Online scholarly articles...Articles on VoxEU.org, the policy portal of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (regular & ongoing)

Scholarly papers, reports, ebooks...Richard Baldwin, Jeison Cárdenas and Cristina Fernández (2021), Telemigration and Digitally Enabled Service Exports: Opportunities for Colombia, Thinking Ahead on Societal Change Platform, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

...Ana Fernandes, Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta (2021), The Economics of Deep Trade Agreements, Centre for Economic Policy Research and World Bank

... Richard Baldwin and Simon Evenett (2020), COVID-19 and Trade Policy, Centre for Economic Policy Research (selected chapters)

...Three reports to the Singaporean government on nuclear governance

...Master's thesis on Japanese karoshi, death by overwork
Academic abstracts..."Analysis of China's 21st Century Silk Road Policy"

..."Local Elections after Decentralization in Thailand: Lessons Learned"

..."Fascist Italy’s Cultural Policy for Theater: Through the Lens of Takarazuka Shojo Kagekidan’s First European Tour (1938)"
Project-related documents...Project proposals, project documents, project completion reports

...Letters to donors
Website copy...English website text for a Japanese clinic

...Overall text for renewed BAMBI website

...Articles for Families in Global Transition blog, such as

...Press releases
Training materials...EdApp microlesson content for UNITAR

...My own webinar, Writing for International Audiences
Business materials...Print ad & promotional video text for a Japanese clinic providing physical therapy and Thai & Chinese traditional medicine treatment

...Meeting 'scripts' for project manager in the private sector

...Internal presentation on business-expansion plan for a major private hospital in Bangkok

...CVs & coverletters

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