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Proofreading & Editing Services in Australia

Capstone Editing is a specialist academic editing company. Our service is built on ensuring that every document we edit is of exemplary quality and meets international publication standards.

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Industry-Leading Proofreading and Professional Editing Services

Capstone Editing provides industry-leading editing and proofreading services for academics, publishers, students and universities. Every document we edit is of exemplary quality and will meet international publication standards. Our experienced online copyeditors provide every level of editing from proofreading and copyediting to heavy copyediting and substantive editing. We also offer referencing and document formatting services.

Our Editing and Proofreading Services

Whether you are a postgraduate student working on your PhD thesis or an academic writing an article for a journal, we can help. We provide high-quality editing for all aspects of academic work from theses, journal articles, books and conference papers to grant and promotion applications. Our editing services prepare documents to the highest standard possible, ready for review and submission, and are also available for companies, law firms, government, defence and not-for-profits. With Capstone Editing by your side, you can rest assured that your documents will not only read their best but also look their best.


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Antonio Rullo

The YECL course was, in respect to greatly refining and enhancing my academic and other editing skills and shaping me to work as an editor, a tremendous experience. The face-to-face workshops were professionally run by the wonderful Capstone Editing team in an effective and appealing manner so that the material presented was both informative and enjoyable to learn. The subsequent continuation of the online component of the course, using both printed and online materials, facilitated a further in-depth understanding of the important processes of copyediting, referencing and formatting. From this, I learned many aspects of the editing process that I had not previously known or had not been clear to me. The professionalism and encouragement integrated into the YECL course are truly admirable, and I would highly recommend the course to anyone seeking to enhance their editing skills or begin work as an editor!

Antonio Rullo
Rebecca Courtney

I would highly recommend the YECL course to anyone looking to build a career in editing. Nelson and Amanda are great mentors, and the course is jam-packed with valuable, practical information on all areas of editing. For me, as someone who had already started their career as a freelance editor, the course filled in some knowledge gaps and gave me renewed confidence in my ability. I was challenged and inspired, and I loved every minute!

Rebecca Courtney
Amanda Webster

My favourite part of YECL was that Capstone Editing provided an excitingly long list of writing and editing resources. Before enrolling in the course, I had completed a bachelor’s degree, but my study had not focused solely on editing or industry standards. I thought I had quite a firm grasp of English and its rules, but YECL taught me rules and practices that I did not know existed. I especially enjoyed the practicality of the course; I am a hands-on learner, and the exercises were extremely helpful. I also felt supported by Lisa and her team, who answered any questions I had. YECL also allowed me to showcase my editing skills, which resulted in Capstone hiring me as a trainee editor. I feel this course is an excellent opportunity for beginners and seasoned professionals alike because there will always be something new to learn.

Amanda Webster
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Superior editing service


Capstone Editing is proud to be the finest-quality academic editing service available in Australia. Our testimonials and reviews speak to the knowledge and expertise of our editors and proofreaders, and to the high standard to which we hold ourselves, regardless of the type of document submitted.


Owned and operated by academics

As the only Australian academic editing company owned and operated by academics, we understand the needs of our clients better than anyone else does. Dedication to clients and commitment to the Quality and On-Time Guarantees filter down through all levels of service, so you deal with only the best in this highly specialised business.

International publication standards

When choosing us, you can be certain that your edited document will meet international publication standards. We operate within the bounds set by editing guidelines in Australia, particularly as they relate to academic editing and proofreading editing services. You can also be confident that we will never miss your deadline.

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Specialist editing team

Cumulatively, our highly specialised team of academic editors has more editing experience than any other in Australia, with many of our editors having excelled in the field for over two decades.

PhD-qualified editors

Our editors are PhD-qualified academics and highly experienced professional editors who specialise in editing and proofreading all types of academic documents, including journal articles, postgraduate essays and theses, manuscripts, book chapters, conference papers, research proposals, grant applications, reports, job applications and applications for promotion.

Experts in academic editing

Our extensive professional editing experience and deep knowledge of the industry are evident in all aspects of our service delivery, from our quality guarantee to the after-care we provide.

0% interest finance options available

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A Proofreading Service that Comes with Guarantees


When you choose Capstone Editing for your proofreading services, you are guaranteed an exemplary service from start to finish. We promise:


  • to deliver your edited document on time. We guarantee to meet the agreed deadline, or we will refund your fee in full. Plus, we will still edit and return your document as soon as possible.
  • high-quality editing. If you are not 100% happy with the quality of our work, we will address your concerns immediately, in full and free of charge.
  • editors from specialist fields with PhD qualifications. All Capstone editors receive in-house training and have significant prior experience editing academic documents.
  • thoughtful and considered suggestions on how to improve writing, presentation and writing skills.
  • your document will meet international publication standards.
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Document Proofreading Services From The Leading Proofreading Company - Order Now!


Our simple order process provides easy access to the best proofreading services. We also offer several options for interest-free payment plans through Humm, PayRight and PayPal Pay in 4, so you can pay for your online proofreading service over time in manageable instalments. We’re the only editing service in Australia to do so.


To start the process, simply complete the online form, or if you need further information, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Why Choose Capstone Editing for Proofreading Your Essay or Thesis?

Over the years, we have edited thousands of documents and have become a trusted and reliable editing and proofreading agency in Australia and New Zealand. We also provide an online proofreading service that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Our paper editors come from Australia and New Zealand and have undertaken a rigorous in-house training program to ensure that they meet the highest standards for language editing, formatting and referencing. We're also proud to be members of the following industry and professional organisations: Canberra Society of Editors, Institute of Professional Editors, Australian Society of Authors, Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (UK) and Editorial Freelancers Association (US).

The highest-quality and most comprehensive copyediting possible

Our editing service is built on ensuring that every document we copyedit is of exemplary quality and meets international publication standards. We maintain our academic integrity by adhering to the Australian Standards of Editing Practice, with particular attention to the section that governs guidelines for editing research theses. Our specialists are also familiar with the guidelines that have been adapted by individual universities in Australia and New Zealand.

The academic experience and editing expertise of our team

Capstone Editing is run by seasoned academics with many years of professional editing experience. We are in a unique position to understand your needs and surpass your expectations.

The best and most experienced academic editors in the industry

Our editors are both academics and professional editors. We hire only the most outstanding academic editors and train them still further, ensuring our editors are among the most skilled in the world. As each of our expert editors holds a postgraduate qualification, you can rest assured that their knowledge will help your work shine in the way you intend. Our team of experts is one of the reasons we are a preferred thesis editing provider recommended by many universities in Australia and New Zealand.

The confidence of knowing the quality of our work is guaranteed

We take great pride in delivering superior editing services. We are so confident in the exceptional standard of our work that we provide a Quality Guarantee that covers the entire editing and proofreading process, from online submission of documents to after-care. In fact, if you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of our work, contact us and we will address your concerns immediately, completely, and free of charge.

The certainty ensured by our On-time Guarantee

We recognise the importance of delivering all edited documents on time, without fail. You can be certain that your deadline will be met. If by some chance, we miss the deadline, we provide a full refund and complete the project as close to the deadline as humanly possible – while still maintaining our high standards backed by our Quality Guarantee.

Clear, upfront pricing and excellent value for money

The comprehensiveness of our editing service and the qualifications and experience of our editors means our fees represent exceptional value for money. In partnership with Payright and Humm, two of the most ethical and responsible financial service providers in Australia, we offer interest-free repayment plans for periods of up to 12 months. 

Fast turnaround times, without compromising on quality

We offer four service speeds to cater to the needs of our clients. Regardless of the turnaround time you choose (the premium service can take anything from one to 28 days, depending on the length of the document), the quality of editing will remain the same.

The most knowledgeable client support staff in the industry

Our client support team have a thorough understanding of the editing service we provide, which they have gained by obtaining qualifications in editing themselves, in addition to having years of experience assisting clients and editors in the specialist field of academic editing. You will find them friendly and efficient, and you can contact them online 24/7.

Specialising in CopyProofing & Document Proofreading Services

At Capstone Editing, we specialise in providing editing services for all academics.

Copy Editing for PostGraduate Students

A PhD thesis can be a complex, lengthy document. There are so many things to get right from grammar, form and style to referencing and formatting. If you are feeling a little out of your depth and want to present the best possible submission, we can help.

Editing for Academics

Academic publishing has become increasingly competitive, and you need a way to give your publication an advantage. Our professional editing can help you achieve this and meet the publication target date set by the university.

Online Copy Editors for Journals

Capstone Editing staff provide professional copyediting services for accepted manuscripts. Our editors will deliver a consistent product that’s written in Australian English, is grammatically correct, follows your house style and is ready for publication. We also check figures and tables for accuracy and consistency.

Editing for EAL Authors

We also welcome inquiries from English as an Additional Language (EAL) authors. With our professional copyediting services, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your English grammar is perfect and indistinguishable from that of a native English speaker.

Choose Capstone Editing for Impeccable Document Proofreading Services

Unlike other proofreading companies, Capstone Editing is the only Australian academic editing company fully owned and operated by academics. Our team of editors are academics themselves, with PhDs and strong publication records in a diverse range of academic fields. In addition, our editors receive rigorous in-house training and have completed the only formal course for academic editors in Australia, the Capstone Editing Certificate in Academic Editing.

When you work with us, you can be sure that our document proofreading services adhere to the Australian Standards of Editing Practice and meet international publication standards. Additionally, our Quality and On-Time guarantees mean you can be assured that you’ll receive industry-leading editing services by your nominated deadline, or your fee will be refunded in full.

Capstone Editing is your perfect partner for all your academic editing needs. We provide our clients with the best proofreading and editing service on the market, and our record of delivering high-quality services is reflected in our many glowing testimonials from clients worldwide.

See What Our Clients Have to Say

Our team of world-class editors have worked with clients from every university in Australia and New Zealand, which means you can be sure they can help you meet your institution's unique needs and requirements. We also work with a range of clients from around the globe and provide editing services for governments, businesses and authors of fiction and non-fiction books.

We believe there’s no greater testament to the quality of our proofreading and editing service than the reviews of our previous clients. Visit our testimonials page to see what our past clients say about working with Capstone Editing.