Editorial Services

I provide the following editorial services:

  • Copy-editing
  • Proofreading
  • Webpage/site editing and/or proofreading.

I routinely use Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Adobe Acrobat and contextual text editors. I have also worked with CMS tools provided by the client.

Please contact me to discuss your project and editorial requirements. My contact information is on the Contact page.

Delivery and return of the document

Digital files can be exchanged via e-mail, ftp, or file sharing services.

Paper and other hard-copy can be exchanged via Royal Mail or a courier service.

How can I see what changes have been made to my document?

Digital files

Word documents: I routinely use Track Changes and Comments when working with Word files. Track Changes allows you to see all my amendments. Comments allows me to add queries and instructions to the typesetter.

PowerPoint presentations: Although PowerPoint does not have a ‘Track Changes’ function, it does have a comments tool.

PDFs: I use a combination of the comment, drawing and mark-up tools, and BSI proofreading symbols (BS 5261C:2005) to mark-up the PDF.


I use pens and pencil, plus the odd sticky note, to mark-up hard-copy with the BSI proofreading symbols (BS 5261C:2005).

Website editing/proofreading

I edit/proofread the text of your website to ensure that it is consistent and grammatically correct, and that all links are functioning and pointing to the correct destination. I can also advise on the structure and layout of text, placement of links and use of alt text to improve user-experience.

I can mark-up hard-copy/PDF printouts of the text of your website; or I can work with your website text in a Word document prior to upload, in your online CMS tool, or in a contextual text editor.

Please note: I am not a website designer and I do not write code, but I am happy to work with coded text.

Working to your requirements

Clients provide a brief for the copy-editor/proofreader containing information about the material to be edited/proofread. This includes a list of enclosures: a list of outstanding materials (if any); details of the tasks to be performed; important features; illustrations; relevant background; agreed fee, expenses, dates; administrative requirements; the in-house contact for queries, etc. (For more detail about briefing a copy-editor or proofreader see the SfEP FAQ: Using copy-editors and proofreaders.)

I am accustomed to working in either British English or US English; and to working to various style guides, including New Hart’s Rules, Butcher’s Copy-editing, The Chicago Manual of Style, AMA Manual of Style and The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers: Scientific Style and Format.

Working with an editor or proofreader

Information about copy-editing, proofreading and working with a copy-editor or proofreader can be found in the FAQ section of the SfEP website: