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Editing for Academic and Educational Publishers

Partnering with Capstone Editing’s highly skilled team of editors provides publishers with the quality, consistency and reliability of in-house copyeditors, while still allowing you all the flexibility, simplicity and convenience of working with freelancers.

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The advantages of using an academic editing company

Capstone Editing offers publishers all the advantages gained from using a cohesive team of highly qualified and skilled specialist academic editors. Working with a group of individual freelancers simply cannot achieve the same level of quality and consistency that we deliver. We understand that for academic and educational publishers, the assurance of exemplary and uniform quality, delivered to a deadline, is vital when sending proofreading, copyediting and substantive editing work out of house. As the industry’s leading academic editing service, Capstone Editing guarantees both the quality of our work and that it will be delivered on time, every time.

For reliability of service, editorial capacity and personal client management, Capstone Editing is the logical choice. Our office is located in Canberra, but our Australian and New Zealand editors live throughout Australia and all over the world, providing the flexibility to be available when you need the work completed. The size of our team means that we have the capacity to meet all your editing needs, no matter what the quantity or deadline.

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A specialist team recruited and trained for you

Your company will also enjoy the convenience of interacting with just one dedicated client support manager at Capstone Editing, saving you the incredibly time-consuming task of managing a team of individual freelancers yourself.

Further, we have already undertaken the selective recruitment process and rigorous ongoing training and professional development to ensure our team of academic editors are all performing at the same high standard that our clients expect and deserve. All of our editors use our specially designed and proven editing method, which guarantees consistency in performance between editors that is not possible when using individual freelancers.

This safeguards you against the possibility of a missed deadline when working with an individual freelancer who is unable to complete a job on time for any reason, such as becoming unwell. At Capstone Editing, another of our editors would simply step in to complete the work to the same high standard while meeting the original deadline. Further, this consistency means that should you require multiple editors for a task, either due to its size or a need to meet a tight deadline, our editors will be able to work seamlessly together at our usual level of perfection. 

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The unique benefit of partnering with Capstone Editing

Capstone Editing is the only academic editing company that offers publishing houses a tailored service whereby they can relieve themselves of the burden of hiring, training, managing and maintaining a team of individual freelance editors, and instead work with one cohesive team capable of handling large volumes of work with consistently flawless quality and absolute dependability.

Capstone Editing will also take care of all quality control and assurance. Our service is built on ensuring we are editing at the absolute highest level of quality; all of our editors complete rigorous training to perfect their already exceptional skills at the time of hiring, and are then subject to ongoing quality control checks and professional development. 

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One dedicated client support manager who understands your needs

Your company will also enjoy the convenience of interacting with just one dedicated client support manager at Capstone Editing, saving you the incredibly time-consuming task of managing a team of individual freelancers yourself.

We also offer publishers the convenience of combined invoicing at an interval that suits them, such as per job, fortnightly or monthly. Further, all administration is organised by your dedicated client support manager. 

Our client support team is in the unique position of having editing qualifications themselves, and are thus able to fully understand the service we are providing you, allowing them to anticipate and rapidly respond to your every need. Our client support team are readily contactable at all hours and are thus always on hand to assist with last-minute changes or queries.

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The quality and consistency that only Capstone Editing can provide

Our cohesive team of specialist academic editors offers a level of quality and absolute consistency that simply cannot be achieved through working with a group of individual freelancer editors. We understand that academic and educational publishers require copyediting work of exemplary and uniform quality, delivered on time.

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The advantage of specialist academic editors

The specialist academic editor we select for your project will have qualifications and experience in the subject of the text they are editing for you. Their in-depth knowledge will allow them to perform a deeper and more precise edit than can be performed by a generalist editor without subject-specific knowledge.

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Complete management of the copyediting process for you

We can relieve you of the burden of hiring, training and managing a group of individual freelance editors. Capstone Editing offers publishing houses a tailored service allowing them to work with one cohesive team capable of handling large volumes of work with consistently flawless quality and absolute dependability.

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Dedicated and knowledgeable client support staff

You will enjoy the convenience of interacting with one dedicated client support manager who will oversee every aspect of your project for you from beginning to end. With the special insight into the editing process afforded by having editing qualifications, your project manager is uniquely equipped to understand and meet your every need.

Premium Copyediting Service

Under our Premium Copyediting service, we will perform an extremely thorough edit of any document you submit to us, including:

    • Correct grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation (according to British/Australian or US English conventions)
    • Correct use of formal academic English
    • Improved logic, clarity and flow, including transitional phrasing
    • Complete internal consistency
    • Correct and consistent use of abbreviations
    • Suggestions on organisation, structure and support of statements
    • querying of errors and inconsistencies in content
    • Word count reduction (through eliminating redundancy and unnecessary repetition)
    • Assisting authors with responding to reviewer, or managing or commissioning editor, recommendations
    • Complete formatting and styling ready for typesetting
    • Complete, consistent and accurate referencing.

Substantive Editing Service

In addition to the Premium Copyediting service detailed above, Capstone Editing also offers a Substantive Editing service for publishers, which includes developmental and structural editing, and rewriting when required.

What’s included?

Capstone Editing’s Substantive Editing service includes all the aspects of Premium Copyediting, as well as editing for:

  • Technical vocabulary
  • Improvement of organisation and structure, or detailed advice where author input is needed (rather than general suggestions only)
  • Changing from one referencing system to another, if necessary, and the location of any source detail that may be missing from the reference list
  • Extensive rewording, if necessary
  • Identification of statements that need additional clarification, with detailed advice
  • Assisting authors with responding to reviewer, or managing or commissioning editor, recommendations
  • A second edit or proofread of your work by a new editor, if necessary (for an additional charge).

Proofreading Service

For publishers, we also offer a Proofreading service. This service is only available for manuscripts that have already undergone a professional copyediting and typesetting process. 

    What’s included? 

    Capstone Editing’s Proofreading service includes editing for:

    • Ensuring the copyeditor’s changes have been implemented correctly by the typesetter
    • Spelling and punctuation (according to British/Australian or US English conventions)
    • Complete internal consistency
    • Correct and consistent use of abbreviations
    • Correct placement and cross-referencing of figures, tables, appendices and other peripheral material
    • Appropriate use and style of headings and captions
    • Complete formatting

Please note that our Proofreading service does not include addressing matters of style, clarity or grammar. If this is required, please see our Premium Copyediting service.

Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality academic editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

These documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I would like to thank my editor at Capstone Editing for her thorough edit of my grant proposal. Her suggestions gave me better ways of expressing myself with clarity and (importantly for grant proposals) with fewer words! She provided detailed comments on her edits that helped ensure that we didn’t inadvertently change the intended meaning. I appreciated her attention to the details of formatting and nuances of meaning across the document. I highly recommend her to help improve the readability and clarity of academic documents.

Dr Monica Barratt NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of New South Wales

Capstone Editing has edited many journal articles for me. Their editors' thorough command of language really helps in making sure that the article is well expressed and free of errors. They work very quickly and I have found it invaluable to have somebody format an article to the style of the particular journal. It is a massive time saver that allows me to move on to my next piece of work. I plan to use Capstone's services again, including for a book project I have coming up. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to academics wanting to save time and wanting to submit their work with the confidence that it has been thoroughly looked over and formatted to their particular requirements.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan Political Science Charles Stuart University

The fast, elegant and professional service provided by Capstone Editing saved me hours, days and weeks of work for which I am truly grateful. They worked to very tight deadlines and formatted, fixed and corrected my thesis so that I could submit it on time (and within my budget!) The editors who edited my thesis had phenomenal attention to detail and provided me with tremendously valuable feedback that improved the quality of my thesis. In addition to the usual material, my thesis had dozens of tables in both portrait and landscape format, a research study and case studies. My editors very quickly corrected and fixed all the material I threw at them and went beyond the call of duty to provide me with a beautifully referenced and immaculately formatted thesis. I am so appreciative of their advice and assistance.

Cheryl-Anne Whitlock Master of Arts (Journalism) University of Wollongong

Capstone Editing’s simple order process provides easy access to professional academic editing. Please place an order here or contact us to tailor a specific solution for your company.

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Capstone Editing is proud to be the only editing service in Australia to offer an after-pay service to our clients. Access top-quality editing when you need it, and pay for it over time in manageable instalments.

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Capstone Editing has chosen to partner with Payright (Devizo Pty Ltd ABN 24 605 753 535) and Humm (Certegy Ezi-Pay Pty Ltd ABN 28 129 228 986) because they are Australian businesses that practise responsible lending.