How We Charge
We base our pricing on the number of words in the manuscript and the level of editing required. Because we calculate your cost based on the price per word, we provide you with a firm quote going into the job, which can give you peace of mind. You also pay for the exact number of words in your paper.
We charge between 3.4 and 10 cents per word (roughly $8 to $25 per page, based on a word count of 250 words per page, double spaced). We can also charge by the hour, with rates ranging from $45 to $60 per hour. For proofreading, which is a check for typographical errors after a paper has been edited and copyedited, we can charge 3 cents per word.
Several factors affect the cost of editing your paper. In addition to the number of words, we look at the amount of editing required, quantifying the edits with regard to a number of grammatical or wording problems. We also consider the level or depth of the editing, in particular the amount of work that needs to be done on the structure, flow, or organization of the document. The cost of your edit will fall into one of the following categories:
Typically, a light edit is limited to edits on the word and sentence level and would not require substantive rewriting. A medium edit can include more structural issues on the sentence and paragraph level. A heavy edit can include all of the above plus structural issues on the document level, such as the reordering of paragraphs or cutting of redundant text, which calls for a more nuanced and in-depth understanding of the text.
When you submit your request for a sample edit and price quote, we ask that you submit the full manuscript. With the full manuscript your editor can review the paper for any structural problems that could impact your cost, and the ultimate success of your paper. Knowing the full size of the paper also helps us to identify an editor who can complete your job within your requested time frame.
The editor who will edit your paper will provide you with a sample edit (for a manuscript longer than 5,000 words, 500 words; for a manuscript less than 5,000 words, 10 percent of the full text), which we use as the basis of your quote. With this sample edit, you can see what sort of edit the editor will provide. Your cost is commensurate with the level of edit demonstrated.
Within 48 hours of receiving your complete text, we will return our no-obligation sample edit and price quote for editing the rest of the document. The sample edit demonstrates what you can expect for the full edit and also helps us to verify the appropriate level of edit for your paper.
If we format only — without editing — we charge between $40 and $45 per hour. We can also provide you with a fixed quote for formatting jobs.
As a small firm, we are able to meet a broad range of customer needs. So if you have any specific requirements, please inquire.
Once you confirm that you want us to proceed with your project, for jobs under 10,000 words, we usually guarantee that the edited paper will be returned in 5 to 6 days. If you require a faster turnaround, we can usually accommodate rush jobs. We charge the following surcharges for rush deliveries:
Within four days: Surcharge of 30%
Within three days: Surcharge of 40%
Within two days: Surcharge of 50%
Within one day: Make inquiry
We accept small jobs but have a minimum order fee of $50 for papers that are 1,000 words or less.
Oxford Editing Offers Competitive Pricing
Oxford Editing makes an effort to be competitive in our pricing. Because we are a small firm, we are able to work with clients to offer them the best value. Therefore, we are willing to consider matching or beating a competitor’s price. Please inquire.
Oxford Editing accepts payment via Visa, MasterCard, Dwolla, and PayPal and wire transfers. Please let us know in advance if you would like to pay with a wire transfer. Dwolla is our preferred payment method.
To pay for your editing job using a credit card or using Dwolla to pay directly from your bank account, please go to the Oxford Editing Payment page.
Oxford Editing Adds Value
Oxford Editing’s academic editing services can add considerable value to your manuscript by helping you to produce a text that is lean, clear, and highly readable. Using our services can also cut down on your production time. Our editors understand publishing standards, journal and book publishers’ expectations, and how to craft a winning text. Please read our Testimonials to appreciate the value of choosing our academic editing services.