papyros designs
Editing Services

from the Ancient Greek παπυροσ /'pə-pE-"ros/

"Make sure your message is clear, yet that you are faithful to its complexity." — Michael Dirda

Editing   |   Formatting   |   Designing   |   Writing   |   hconsta@papyrosdesigns.com

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Textbooks use various adjectives to describe good writing, such as appropriate, correct, clear, and coherent. For example, word choice and tone must be appropriate, forming sentences that are grammatically and syntactically correct. Paragraphs should be clear and focused, constructing well-developed and coherent arguments.

Your text is the culmination of years of study and a showcase of your research abilities. Given the time and effort you've spent, it's important to ensure that your final version displays the characteristics listed above.

An editor can verify that your text conveys a professional tone, is grammatically correct, and presents a logical argument.

Editing Services

If you need assistance polishing your document, I can edit it according to your specific needs. I provide three levels of editing:

  • Proofread – Review for errors in spelling or punctuation
  • Copyedit – Review for word usage and sentence structure
  • Comprehensive edit – Review for meaning and organization

My editing services focus on academic texts—dissertations, theses, articles, or books. In addition, I can help you prepare an application for an academic job opening or a grant for a funding opportunity.

Contact me for a free consultation. We can discuss your editing needs, rates, and turnaround time. I also can edit a few pages of your project at no charge, if you'd like to see a sample edit.

Editing Levels

I perform specific checks for each functional unit of a text. For example, I check for clarity of word choice as well as clarity of sentence phrasing. Also, if your text must conform to specific style guidelines, such as APA or MLA, I can check for compliance.

 

The table below shows which features I verify at each level of editing, organized by functional unit.

Functional Unit

Proofread

Copyedit

Comprehensive

Words

Correct spelling

Correct articles & prepositions

Appropriate tone & diction

Clarity of word choice & usage

Concise wording

Consistent terminology & abbreviations

 

 

 

Sentences

Correct punctuation

Correct agreement, tense, & syntax

Clarity of phrasing

Coherent subordination & coordination

 

 

 

Paragraphs

Clarity of sentence flow

Coherent, focused topics

Supportive definitions, details, & evidence

 

 

 

Document

Complete front & back matter

Clarity of organization

Coherent, logical, & developed arguments

 

 

 

Illustrations

Correct captions & cross-references

Clarity of illustrations

Consistent format & layout

 

 

 

Style

Compliance with style guidelines

Consistent in-text citations & references

 

 

 

Editing Rates

My editing rates are based on level of editing and word count. This approach allows me to provide an up-front estimate based on your actual text. To generate the word count for a document in Word, select Tools | Word Count.

Enter number of words:

Graduate student?

Proofreading:

Copyediting:

Comprehensive:

Hourly Rates

My rate for editing an application package is based on hours.

Resume | Application package:

$40.00/hour

Resume | Application package (graduate student):

$30.00/hour

File Format

I edit using Microsoft Word, so any of the following file formats are acceptable:

  • Microsoft Word 2003/2007 [.doc]
  • Microsoft Word 2010 [.docx]
  • Rich Text File [.rtf]

Symbols, equations, and reactions can cause problems. Generally, add-ins for Word will export symbolic information in metafiles. In these cases, I can email a sample edit to you to verify that the symbolic information is not affected.

Editing Process

I key changes directly into Word files using the Track Changes feature. You can then accept or reject each change using the Review toolbar.

Editing Projects

Below is a list of prior editing projects, organized by type of text.

| Articles

H., J. (2015). Identifying temporal, industrial, and occupational-specific exposure in lead exposure based on U.S. inspection measurements to aid retrospective exposure assessment in population-based studies.

R., P. B. (2015). Combatting childhood obesity in marginalized communities in New Orleans through Community Development Corporations (CDCs).

R., P. B., & E., R. A. (2015). Achieving educational equity in New Orleans through Community Development Corporations (CDCs).

Copyedited 16 issues of academic journal Technical Communication Quarterly:

TCQ. (1999). [Issues 8.3, 8.4]

TCQ. (2000). [Issues 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4]

TCQ. (2001). [Issues 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4]

TCQ. (2002). [Issues 11.2, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4]

TCQ. (2003). [Issues 12.3, 12.4]

| Books

Babin, E. H., & Harrison, K. (1999). Contemporary composition studies: A guide to theorists and terms. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Corcos, C. (2000). An international guide to law and literature studies. Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein.

Garay, M. S., & Bernhardt, S. A. (Eds.). (1998). Expanding literacies: English teaching and the new workplace. Albany, NY: SUNY.

Gurak, L. J. (2001). Cyberliteracy: Navigating the Internet with awareness. New Haven, CT: Yale.

Stadler, F. (2001). The Vienna Circle: Studies in the origins, development, and influence of Logical Empiricism. Wien: Springer.

| Dissertations & Theses

B., S. (2011). Analysts' forecasts: The roles of reputational ranking and trading commissions (Doctoral dissertation). UMN, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

C., C. (2012). Teachers' perceptions of the impact of high stakes testing on instructional content, instructional strategies, motivation and morale, and pressure to improve student performance in relation to their views on accountability and its effects on students with learning disabilities (Doctoral dissertation). Southern U, Baton Rouge, LA.

C., R. (2010). The Louisiana Sinfonietta: A new orchestral model. Raleigh, NC: LULU.com.

G., C. (2013). Paradoxes and consumer decision-making (Doctoral dissertation). LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

G., E. A. (2015). Baton Rouge small businesses: An exploration of the obstacles to strategic planning (Doctoral dissertation). LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

H., J. (2012). Risk assessment for current and historical exposures of workers to taconite dust components in the taconite mining industry in northeastern Minnesota (Doctoral dissertation). UMN, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

J., J. (2013). The impact athletics have on academic achievement of African-American male students in at-risk public high schools in southwest Louisiana (Doctoral dissertation). Southern U, Baton Rouge, LA.

L., B. J. (2012). Effectiveness of a nurse-led educational intervention on sexually transmitted infection prevention measures in single African American women baby boomers: Appraising self-efficacy, sexual health knowledge, self-perceived risk, and personal choice (Doctoral dissertation). Southern U, Baton Rouge, LA.

L., G. M. (2014). The effect of student response systems on junior baccalaureate nursing students' satisfaction, learning style, and knowledge acquisition: A quasi-experimental design (Doctoral dissertation). Southern U, Baton Rouge, LA.

P., D. (2011). Música Brasileira para Coro Juvenil and music education in Brazil (Master's thesis). LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

P., S. T. (2015). Family owned businesses in south Louisiana: The influence selected aspects of succession planning and demographic characteristics have on the levels of succession success (Doctoral dissertation). LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

R., E. (2014). Examining the relationship between exposure to hospice information in African American older adults and use of hospice services in southeast Louisiana (Doctoral dissertation). Southern U, Baton Rouge, LA.

R., P. (2012). MEND: A family-based community intervention for childhood obesity and its effectiveness (Doctoral dissertation). Southern U, Baton Rouge, LA.

S., C. (2014). Pianistic reflections of Dinos Constantinides' ceative musical language during 1965-2009 (Doctoral dissertation). U of Macedonia, Macedonia, Greece.

S., J. A. (2015). Understanding ethical concerns in the design, application, and documentation of Learning Analytics (Doctoral dissertation). UMN, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

T., B. B. (2015). Impact of the S.T.R.I.P.E.S. leadership and extended orientation program on philanthropic giving (Doctoral dissertation). LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

W.-B., B. (2012). A program evaluation of a college and career program and its impact on high school completion (Doctoral dissertation). Walden U.

W., T. (2014). The effect of high-fidelity simulation on first semester sophomore baccalaureate nursing students' knowledge acquisition, and self-confidence using the Solomon-four research design (Doctoral dissertation). Southern U, Baton Rouge, LA.

W., Y. (2012). Online reviews and consumers' willingness to pay: The role of uncertainty (Doctoral dissertation). LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

Z., Y. (2010). Mechanisms and solvent effects on the chloroform decompositions in non-basic solution (Doctoral dissertation). UMN, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

Z., Z. (2014). The Spatial Distribution and Determinants of Migration Activities in U.S. Non-Metropolitan Areas (Doctoral dissertation). U of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, WI.

| Grants & Proposals

H., J. (2015). Occupational exposure to endotoxin in airborne particles in Kentucky equine industry. Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP).

H., J. (2015). Occupational exposure to endotoxin in airborne particles in Korean equine industry. Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS) application: South Korea 2016.

H., J., & G., V. (2015). Size-based measurement of airborne endotoxins in poultry farming industry. USPOULTRY Preproposal.

K., L. (2014). Nature and origin of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) in Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS).

S., L. (2014). Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) Program.

Copyedited reviews of National Science Foundation (NSF) grants:

Fe+3_Fe+2. 2015.

Upgrading fuel oil. 2015.

Elementary reactions and kinetics for torrefaction. 2015.

Conversion of bio-renewable feedstock compounds into biofuels. 2015.

Regulation of bonds cleavages. 2015.

Formation of kerosene-like fuels. 2015.

Minimization of char coke production. 2015.

Copyedited Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Fellowship proposals for student nominees:

Optimization of dental prostheses. UMN, 2011.

Novel cancer targets. UMN, 2011.

Anterior segment of eye. UMN, 2011.

Autophagy. UMN, 2011.

Calcineurin inhibitors. UMN, 2011.

Neuronal plasticity. UMN, 2011.

Competition of wood-decay fungi. UMN, 2011.

Epileptic seizures. UMN, 2011.

"The book is the product of the intensive cooperation and commitment of many people.... [Helen] was responsible for the copyediting of the English text.... I would like to thank everyone involved." [Stadler]

"My thanks to [Helen] for her assistance with the final stages of this project." [Gurak]

"We would like to thank those that have helped us in this work: .... [Helen] for reading and commenting on the usefulness of our definitions." [Babin & Harrison]

"The Executive Committee [of ATTW] appreciated and noted the fine work of Editorial Assistant [Helen]. The Committee also noted the fine quality of TCQ." [Minutes of the 2002 ATTW Annual Meeting]

"I want to thank [Helen] for doing the revision of this work. Her help was extremely significant." [d.O.]

"You did such a wonderful job on the proposals! Many of our students have asked me to express their thanks to you." [Graduate Fellowship Office, UMN]