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Journal Article Editing

What is Different about Journal Article Editing?

Journal articles come in many forms, including original research papers, literature reviews, position papers, technical papers, scientific papers, case reports, review articles and, more rarely from the perspective of the professional editor, letters and research notes. Each field, and indeed each journal, has its own set of conventions and requirements for scholarly writing for publication. Journal article editing guarantees that your paper correctly and meticulously follows all relevant language, style, referencing and formatting guidelines, and that all your ideas are clearly and succinctly expressed in line with the requirements of the journal. The services of a specialist academic editor, highly skilled in journal article professional editing, are certain to give you the best chance at publication.

The Benefits of Journal Article Editing

Capstone Editing’s highly qualified and experienced editors are perfectly placed to provide you with the finest-quality journal editing available. Every year, we provide editing for hundreds of academics, helping them to achieve publication success. Our editors are drawn from a wide variety of fields and use their specialist knowledge as journal article editors to significantly increase your article’s chance of acceptance by your target journal.  

Specifically, your editor will ensure your journal article:
  • Adheres to any word count limitations (e.g., for the abstract or body of the article)
  • Lists appropriate keywords
  • Is logically structured, following the requirements of the journal and the conventions of the field
  • Presents your results clearly, for maximum impact
  • Takes the correct tone (i.e., as an expert, writing for other experts)
  • Is correct and consistent in the placement and presentation of all tables and figures
  • Follows the formatting and referencing guidelines of your target journal
Having your journal article edited by Capstone Editing:
  • Saves you a substantial amount of time
  • Gives you the confidence of knowing that your article is word perfect and meets the strict requirements of your target journal
  • Increases the chance of your article being accepted first time.

Capstone Editing’s Journal Editing Services

Capstone Editing offers a range of services for academics submitting journal articles for editing.

Premium Copyediting

Most clients will find that our comprehensive Premium Copyediting service suits their needs. This service includes all aspects of language editing (including grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, logic, clarity, flow, internal consistency, completeness and structure), as well as ensuring the article conforms to the requirements of the target journal (including referencing, formatting and some word reduction, if necessary).

If you would like to use our Premium Copyediting service, you can submit your article online now.

Substantive and Heavy Editing

For those articles that require a greater level of specialist intervention from an expert journal editor to ensure they meet international publication standards, we offer the following options:

  • Substantive Editing:
    This service includes all aspects of the Premium Copyediting service, but with a greater focus on improving structural, organisational and length problems, and issues with logic and flow. We only offer substantive editing for academics, or government or industry clients (not students). This service is particularly valuable for authors new to the journal article writing genre, or authors who require help adapting a previously written article, or chapter of their published thesis, for publication as a new article.
  • Platinum (Heavy) Editing:
    Designed with non-Native English writers in mind, Capstone Editing’s Platinum (Heavy) Editing service includes all aspects of the Premium Copyediting service, as well as significant sentence rewording and detailed advice and assistance to improve the organisation and structure of your article and to identify statements that may require additional support.

To receive a quotation for our Substantive or Platinum (Heavy) Editing service, simply email us with the name of the service you would like and attach the document for editing.


If your article is already in excellent shape, perhaps because it has had the benefit of professional copyediting previously, you may be able to use our Proofreading service. This service will polish your document, ensuring internal consistency and flawless presentation, following journal guidelines. Our Proofreading Service is only available for those clients whose documents do not require a complete copyedit. Please contact us to find out of this service is right for you.

Tailor-Made Services

In addition to the services outlined above, Capstone Editing is happy to offer academics tailor-made editing solutions. Perhaps you only need your article edited to meet the referencing and formatting requirements of the target journal, or your article has been previously edited and only requires a final proofread. Whatever your editing needs, we can help. For a quotation, simply email us with your instructions and the article for editing.

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. In most cases, universities cover the cost of editing for their academic staff and we can invoice them directly.

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