Polish your manuscript: Make sure your document is clear and convincing with (1) correct grammar, syntax, punctuation, and consistent style; and (2) compelling flow, structure, and logic.
All scholarly 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 two levels of copyediting. Sometimes the distinction between the two isn’t so clear-cut, in which case, you can tell me which side you lean towards 🙂
Level 1: Surface clean-up
I’ll go through your document to identify and correct
- Grammar, spelling, and syntax errors
- Style and consistency issues
- American vs British spelling
Level 2: A deeper review
Everyone can use a fresh pair of eyes to review their paper and help finesse it into shape. If you’re working with English as a second or third (or fourth!) language, then that kind of help will be doubly useful.
(Don’t forget to check out some tips on writing scholarly English.)
I can help you identify areas to work on to make sure your messages are clear and your paper is logical and convincing.
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?
–> Read 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 assist—so please get in touch.
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|
... 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
|..."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 proposals, project documents, project completion reports|
...Letters to donors
|...English website text for a Japanese clinic|
...Overall text for renewed BAMBI website
...Articles for Families in Global Transition blog, such as
|...EdApp microlesson content for UNITAR|
...My own webinar, Writing for International Audiences
|...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