Academic essay and paper editing

Achieve the best result for your essays and papers.

Having your academic essays professionally edited can ease your progress through an undergraduate or higher degree, and may in some cases improve the marks you receive.

As a native English speaker relying on an editor to provide the final polish allows you to focus on perfecting your research and argument. An editor can also provide advice on improving flow and structure.

For non-native English speakers, having your essays edited allows you to present your work with the clarity and fluency of a native speaker. Editing can give you confidence that your examiners will recognize that you’ve mastered your subject matter, without being distracted by errors in English expression.

Hourigan & Co. has specific expertise and experience editing theses, essays, and papers in disciplines including:

  • Architecture
  • Archaeology
  • Asian studies
  • Business administration
  • Cultural studies
  • English literature
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Health sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

We deal with all major writing styles, and have extensive experience with the Chicago and APA style manuals in particular.

What is editing?

Editing in this context means a thorough review and correction of your document. Your thesis will be formatted in accordance with typographic principles, and any of your institution or discipline’s guidelines that you can supply us with. Heading styles will be applied to create structure and consistency. Grammatical and spelling errors will be corrected, and sentences may be reorganized and rewritten for clarity and style.

What is proofreading?

Proofreading in this context is a check for errors only. At this level, no formatting will be done or corrections made for reasons of style or clarity. Proofreading is a cost-effective way to make sure the thesis you submit is clean and free of mistakes, but for an optimal result we always recommend a full edit and format.


It’s still your work

A thesis or essay that has been edited remains your original work. We may offer some limited feedback on content if your topic relates to our expertise, but the focus is on improving your expression and conformance with your department or discipline's required style and formatting. Unlike a thesis that was written for you or copied from another source, an edited thesis is your work and safe from accusations of plagiarism.


We have rates in a range of major currencies and for a variety of project types and levels of service. We can offer fixed prices for jobs with a defined scope, and hourly rates for more open-ended engagements.

Contact us today for a quote that fits your specific needs and budget.

Here’s some case studies of essays and papers we’ve worked on.

Editing: Archaeology undergraduate

H. is a Western Australian arts undergraduate, majoring in archaeology. He is a native English speaker, and comfortable with essay writing, but wanted editing and coaching to take his essays to the next level. H. received a first-class honors mark for the first essay he sent to editing for Hourigan & Co. Cost: $100 per 2,000-word essay.

Editing: Health-sciences academic

I. is a health sciences academic at the University of New South Wales. She sends her papers to Hourigan & Co. to make sure they are clear, error-free, and presented according to the requirements of the journals she submits to. She also sends us papers from research fellows in her department whose native language is other than English, to correct errors and improve their fluency prior to publication. Cost: $363 for a 4000-word paper.

Editing: Psychology major

B. is a mature-age student majoring in psychology. She has Hourigan & Co. edit and format all of her essays to ease her workload and to achieve a consistent level of quality in writing and presentation. Because of the ongoing relationship, Hourigan & Co. acts as B.’s writing mentor, and has coached her to improve her essays’ style, argument, and depth of research. Cost: $100 per essay; $1600 per semester.

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