Academic Editing

for grad students and other academic writers

Sharpen and clarify your writing. Make your work understandable, readable, even lively!

Avoid jargon, repetition, and wordiness. Ensure correct grammar and punctuation, every time.

Build logical arguments, focus your interpretations, and support your conclusions.

Present your work in the appropriate formatting. Meet style requirements for citations and notes, reference lists or bibliographies, pagination, and tables of content. I work with APA Style Manual, ASA, Chicago Manual of Style, and New Oxford/New Hart’s Rules.

Correlate: I check cross-references, captions, illustrations, tables, charts, and headlines to make sure they’re right.

I edit dissertations, theses, papers, and journal articles for individuals.

I’m also a copy editor for academic book manuscripts. I have freelanced with University of California Press and Stanford Press, and more recently Swales and Willis, UK (contracting for Routledge). I started many years ago with textbooks for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.


Samples of Mary’s Academic Edits

before

This thesis looks specifically at HJS, which is a neighborhood that is gentrifying. However it is the beginning stages of this process. This allows two key questions to be asked: 1) why did the gentrifying white population come to HJS—what about the prospect of living in a predominately Latino neighborhood did they find appealing and 2) How are they transforming the meaning of place—and how does the re-branding effort both fit into this redefinition.

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after

This thesis looks specifically at HJS, which is a neighborhood in the beginning stages of gentrifying. Observing this process allows two key questions to be asked: (1) Why did the gentrifying White population come to HJS—what is it about the prospect of living in a predominately Latino neighborhood that they find appealing, and (2) How are they transforming the meaning of this place, especially through the commercial rebranding effort. It is my hope that exploring both issues together will illuminate new aspects of this matter.



before

The definition of spectrum in relation to autism can be described in many words such as severity, difference in symptoms, features, traits, subgroups, differences and similarities, and range of symptom severity (Lai, et al 2013; Swedo, 2013). As described in the previous words, this references the reasoning for the spectrum included in Autism Spectrum disorder because the severity of each person's symptoms is across a spectrum. The term spectrum is not only considered in Autism but in other diagnosis as well. The idea of separate versus umbrella type diagnosis such as ASD has shifted over the past decade. "There is currently a shift in diagnoses towards the recognition of spectrum disorders in a variety of conditions, including obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, bipolar spectrum disorder, and even schizophrenia spectrum disorder (Benaron, 2006 P 38)."

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after

The spectrum of autism can be described in words such as severity, difference in symptoms, features, traits, subgroups, differences and similarities, and range of symptom severity (Lai et al., 2013; Swedo, 2013). The severity of each person’s symptoms is assessed on a progressive scale within specific parameters. The term spectrum is not only used in autism but in other illnesses and disorders as well. Over the past decade the trend is to consider umbrella-type diagnoses instead of separate, discrete conditions. “There is currently a shift in diagnoses towards the recognition of spectrum disorders in a variety of conditions, including obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, bipolar spectrum disorder, and even schizophrenia spectrum disorder.” (Benaron, 2006, p. 38).