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Our editors are both experienced academics and professional editors, which is what allows us to produce work of the very highest standard in the extremely specialised field of academic editing.

Dr Lisa Lines, AE, Founder at Capstone Editing

Dr Lisa Lines, AE


  • PhD Social Sciences (History), Flinders University
  • PhD Humanities (Creative Writing), University of Adelaide
  • Accredited Editor, Institute of Professional Editors
  • Honours in History, Flinders University
  • Honours in Creative Writing, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Arts (History and English), University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Certificate in Language (Spanish), Flinders University

Dr Lisa Lines is a historian, author and academic editor. As one of Australia’s most experienced specialist academic editors, Dr Lines has edited thousands of academic documents, including more than 450 postgraduate theses and over 1,500 journal articles, during an editing career spanning over 18 years. In addition, Dr Lines has over 15 years of employment experience in Australian universities. She has lectured and tutored at all three South Australian universities, as well as the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. Her expertise is in the fields of modern European history (specifically the Spanish Civil War), and learning and teaching, including research into academic integrity and plagiarism. Her extensive knowledge of editing and writing also saw her being invited to teach Advanced Editing and Publishing and Advanced Technical Writing at the University of South Australia (UniSA). She continues to serve on the Industry Advisory Group for the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages at that university, helping to improve the quality of graduates from their degrees.

In addition to her teaching and tutoring positions, Dr Lines held the position of Foundation Studies Regional Strand Coordinator and Academic Learning Adviser at UniSA, during which time she developed her already considerable skills in assisting students to improve their academic research and writing, and also in mentoring other academics in their ability to do the same.

Dr Lines is actively involved in professional industry organisations such as the Canberra Society of Editors, Australia’s national Institute of Professional Editors, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (US). The aims of these organisations are to promote high editorial standards and to advance the profession of editing. Dr Lines is a strong supporter of these aims.

As a member of the Committee of the Canberra Society of Editors, Dr Lines currently holds the position of Professional Development Coordinator. In this capacity, she plans and organises education and training sessions for editors in the Australian Capital Territory throughout the year, in response to the needs of members.

In 2008, Dr Lines established Australia’s first specialist academic editing firm, a business she sold in 2014 to take up a position as a Lecturer in History in the prestigious military history department at UNSW Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy). While operating her editing business, she developed a comprehensive training program specifically for academic editors. At the time, it was the only training program of its type in Australia. 

In 2017, drawing on her knowledge of both the industry and effective training practices, Dr Lines designed and developed Australia’s first and only formal course (non-accredited) for academic editors, the Capstone Editing Certificate in Academic Editing.

  • Canberra Society of Editors
  • Institute of Professional Editors
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK)
  • Editorial Freelancers Association (US)
  • Australasian Medical Writers Association
  • Australian Women’s History Network
  • Female Entrepreneur Association


Books & Book Chapters
  • Lines, L 2011, Milicianas: Women in Combat in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), Lexington Press, Plymouth, UK.
  • Lines, L 2015, ‘Representativeness and Positive Discrimination’, in D-P Baker (ed.), Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press, Sydney.  
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