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Below, are popular Oxbridge Proofreading FAQs asked by customers before engaging the services of Oxbridge Proofreading. However, do email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a specific question not answered here.
What is an ethical academic proofreading and editing service?
We promise not to interfere with the academic content and to only improve your academic English so that you express your own arguments, thoughts and ideas in good academic rigour. The work will always be your own and our editors will not make unnecessary changes. It is important to be wary of any company or website which say they will improve your arguments or content. This is not allowed by universities and is seen as plagiarism.
See our Ethical Proofreading Policy for more information.
I have dyslexia, will that cost me more?
Not at all. We’re delighted to support you. Oxbridge Proofreading is registered with and approved by DSA and can offer discounts to PhD students with Dyslexia or Dyspraxia. Please let us know your circumstances when completing the Free Quote Form.
Do you allow for UK English, US English, Canadian English and Australian English?
We work using UK English. However do contact us if you require any other iteration as we may be able to suggest where you would find support for your proofreading requirements.
English is not my native language, will this be an issue?
Provided your writing is coherent and can be understood this wouldn’t be a problem. However, we recommend you take advantage of our Free Sample service. That way we would be able to determine if there are any issues before you commit to Oxbridge Academic Proofreading or Oxbridge Business Proofreading services.
English is not my native language, will this cost more?
We welcome students from all countries and our service will not cost you more. We do however recommend that you take advantage of our Free Sample service. That way we would be able to determine if there are any issues before you commit to Oxbridge Academic Proofreading or Oxbridge Business Proofreading services.
I have trouble getting my thoughts and concepts on paper in the right way – can you help?
Unfortunately our proofreaders and editors can only help if you are providing a finished document ready for either Academic Proofreading; Stylistic Proofreading and Editing; or our complete four-step Dissertation, Proofreading and Editing services. The service we provide is the ‘fine tuning’ of a written document. If you get in touch we can recommend where you may be able to source solutions to help you.
How do you choose which proofreader to use to proof my work?
Oxbridge Proofreading has specialists in nearly every academic discipline — making us the perfect solution for your Academic Proofreading needs. This comprehensive range of support enables us to match you with the most appropriate Proofreader for your chosen subject.
How can I check to make sure the quality is to a high standard before proceeding?
The best way to ensure this is to take advantage of our Free Sample service. It will demonstrate that we are experts in our field. For added reassurance, or if you don’t have time to wait for a free sample edit is to take a look at over 1,000 5* Reviews!
Should I choose Stylistic or standard proofreading?
Standard Proofreading checks spelling, punctuation and grammar. It will also pick up any small errors. Therefore it’s an excellent final check for you if your writing is already of a high standard.
If you need more detailed help for your submission, we recommend you choose Stylistic Proofreading and Editing. This service ensures your use of terminology and word choice is correct and consistent. Also, we check your flow is natural and logical; and that you have followed academic convention and guidelines.
How will you improve on what I wrote?
We improve your Academic writing by performing thorough and detailed checks on your work before you submit it for marking. Depending on which service you choose, our checks can pick up on errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, typography, style and flow.
However, it’s important to note that our academic integrity and ethical approach mean we will not change the content of your work beyond what we describe in our services.
Why do I need to get my work Proofread or edited?
It’s always advisable to get your work checked before submitting and many universities, including Oxford and Cambridge recommend using an Academic Proofreading service such as ours.
Your university (or other board of examiners) and academic supervisors will expect you to present your work in a way that allows them to understand your thoughts and arguments clearly.
Why should I choose Oxbridge Proofreading above other proofreading companies out there?
All our editors hold elite qualifications from the UK’s top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, so are the ideal choice to bring your writing to a higher standard in terms of spelling, grammar, punctuation, typography, style and flow. We also have over 1,000 5* Google Reviews from happy clients!
Oxbridge Proofreading helps Undergraduates and Master’s Students to identify errors in English expression in their work; helps PhD candidates to present their research with greater clarity; and assists Professional Academics in correcting the English in their journal articles and conference papers for publication.
Do you run plagiarism checks on my work and re-write any findings?
We don’t perform plagiarism checks on any work submitted to us. It is your responsibility to do so. Do be aware that your marker will check!
If we see a quotation that hasn’t been cited we will highlight for your attention.
What if I’m not entirely satisfied?
In the unlikely event you’re not satisfied please do contact us in the first instance. We will always work with you to resolve an issue.
Can I just ‘brain dump’ my thoughts and you’ll sort it out for me?
Sadly no! We specialise in Proofreading and Editing. To perform this service we need a finished article or paper, and it must be your own.
Do you work at weekends if I need to contact you?
All our hardworking team are based in the UK and need to recoup and refresh at the weekends! So no, we’re not available; however if you send a message via the contact form – or email email@example.com – you can be sure it will have our full attention on Monday.
Can I have the contact details for my proofreader?
On occasions it may be necessary for your proofreader to contact you if they have a query with your work and it’s necessary to speak with you.
Do you have a maximum/minimum word count?
No, word count will of course depend entirely on the requirement for your assignment.
Do you have a maximum/minimum file size?
Our software can manage any sized file.
What document formats do you accept?
We work with Word, LaTex and PDF documents only.
I don’t live in or study at Oxford or Cambridge, can you still proofread my work?
Yes of course! As an on-line company we are available to everyone. Our customers study at universities all over the world.
How much does proofreading cost?
Each assignment will vary depending on the service you choose and the word count. For a quick, precise quote complete our Instant Quote Form.
How do I pay?
Payments can be made via a secure link through PayPal or by bank transfer.
Do I need to let my University know I’m using a proofreading service?
Usually there is no requirement to let your university know you have used a proofreading or editing service. In fact, most universities now accept it as a normal procedure, but please refer to your own university’s guidelines. It is important to note that we do not interfere with academic content – the work is always your own.
Do you proofread any subjects?
Our editors specialise in editing and proofreading both Academic and Business subjects. In particular: Business and Finance, Engineering; Law; Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; Physical Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanities.