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Research Proposal Editing

What is Different about Research Proposal Editing

A research proposal is usually the first specialised document produced by a potential or new postgraduate student, and its success provides an entry point into academia. No matter in which field you are writing, and what research project you are proposing, your research proposal must be clearly written to demonstrate both your proficiency in your field and the potential to produce an original contribution to it.

At the postgraduate level, a good research proposal will also become the basis of your Masters or PhD dissertation. Research proposal editing assists in making this eventuality seem plausible to both the peers and senior academics who will read it.

For academics, research proposals are often a crucial part of funding application success. Capstone Editing has vast experience editing all types of research proposals for varied research projects in all academic disciplines.

The Benefits of Research Proposal Editing

Capstone Editing specialises in all forms of academic editing for documents at a range of levels, from graduate through to MBA, doctoral and professorial. Each year, we edit countless academic book manuscripts, journal articles and grant applications. Services for postgrads range from scholarship application editing to thesis editing.

Our editors are experts at assisting both established and fledgling academics to deliver writing that meets the rigorous requirements of academic production and publication. Having your research proposal edited by specialised academic editors who are familiar with these requirements will provide you with your best chance of demonstrating the value of your research to your peers and is the first step towards writing your thesis or publication.

Your specialist academic editor will ensure that:
  • Your research project is concisely summarised and its importance to the field is clearly apparent
  • There is a definite link between the literature listed in your bibliography and the grounding for your study
  • Your proposal unambiguously explains how the research will addresses a gap in the existing literature or otherwise produce an original contribution to the field
  • All university requirements in terms of budget, ethics clearance, timelines and research participants or associates are adequately addressed in the proposal
Your editor will check that your research proposal:
  • Is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors
  • Is clearly structured and formatted
  • Includes a bibliography that is correctly formatted and referenced in adherence with the requirements of your university

Capstone Editing’s Research Proposal Editing Services

Capstone Editing offers two key types of editing services for research proposals:

Premium Copyediting

Our Premium Copyediting service is the most comprehensive overall copyediting service for research proposals. Our professional copyeditors will check your text for infelicities and errors in punctuation, grammar, spelling and formatting. We will also identify structural problems and inconsistencies in the style of writing or referencing and check your document to ensure that it meets any additional requirements stipulated by your university.

To use our Premium Copyediting service for your research proposal, simply submit your document online now.

Platinum (Heavy) Editing

In addition to our Premium Copyediting service, we offer an additional service that has been developed especially for non-native English (ESL) writers. Our Platinum (Heavy) Editing service includes all the features offered in the Premium Copyediting service with an additional focus on aspects of English writing that are commonly problematic for international students. Our academic editors will provide specialised assistance and advice on organisation and structure as well as sentence structure and wording.

To hire one of our specialised editors or to find out more about our prices and rates, please email your request along with your research proposal to Capstone Editing.

Academic clients can also choose to select our Substantive Editing service. Please note, this service is not available to students.

We look forward to assisting you in having your research proposal accepted!

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 want to thank Capstone Editing for the invaluable assistance they provided in editing my PhD thesis (following the ‘Guidelines for Editing Research Theses’ as per University of Adelaide requirements). The final edited thesis was perfectly expressed and did not contain any typographical or grammatical errors. This was affirmed by my thesis being accepted without corrections, which I believe is rare. I am especially grateful for the care taken to avoid changing any of my ideas in what was a complex work. In reviewing the edits and comments, I felt at all times that my work had been treated with the greatest sensitivity and respect. Capstone Editing proved their editors to be highly skilled, professional and trustworthy. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to postgraduates and academics seeking a professional academic editor.

Dr Radhika Seimon NHMRC Early Career Fellow University of Sydney

I would confidently recommend the editorial services of Capstone Editing. They are fast, capable and professional. My editor identified a number of places in which the expression and clarity in the grant were able to be improved. Her careful editing saved me valuable time and identified details I had missed in my own revisions. She was careful to ensure that any changes to the expression didn’t change the meaning, and clearly noted where there may have been ambiguity. In today’s competitive research environment, I honestly believe the services of Capstone Editing represent a very worthwhile investment, and I intend to utilise their services again with future grants.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen NHMRC Senior Research Fellow University of New South Wales

A good editor may be the difference between a pass or fail, or more positively, a High Distinction or a Distinction. A good editor will not only attend to spelling, grammar, syntax and structure but will also read and understand the point of the assignment and thus recommend changes in accordance with the specific intentions of the work. A good editor is clear and precise. A good editor offers suggestions towards increasing clarity, that is, what you think you are saying may not be what you have said. This is all the job of a good editor. Capstone's editors are among the best. I have never received less than a High Distinction in any subject since using their services.

Gary Master’s by coursework Flinders University

Dr Lisa Lines was recommended to me by a colleague as an expert editor in her field. It is my pleasure to assert that her editorial services were well worth the investment made. Not only am I grateful for the numerous corrections to errors that I had missed, but I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to learn from her expertise. While I hope to implement some of these skills in the future, I will certainly engage her services again. Her attention to detail, her professionalism and her courteous manner in dealing with my work were greatly appreciated. Dr Lines formatted my thesis in such a way that it is both easy to read and navigate. It was reassuring to have someone trustworthy to help me in the final stages of my PhD. I recommend Capstone Editing to students and academics alike.

Mark Griffiths PhD Candidate Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

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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