Academic Editing

The academic-editing service provides copyediting for English-language publications. In contrast to many online editing services, we offer flexible and personalized assistance to polish your texts and help you improve your writing competence. Doctoral students and postdocs can receive one reimbursement of up to CHF 500.00 for academic editing

FOR WHOM
Faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from all disciplines at the University of Basel and partner institutions of higher education.
WHAT WE EDIT

Texts in English that are intended for publication or for research-related purposes, including:

  • abstracts
  • book chapters
  • book manuscripts
  • calls for papers
  • conference papers
  • course materials
  • grant applications
  • journal articles
  • presentation slides
  • research proposals
  • responses to peer review
  • websites

If you are a student and will not publish your text, please consider our proofreading service

TIMELINES
  • Three working days for texts of up to 3’000 words
  • Five working days for texts between 3’000 and 10’000 words
  • Texts over 10’000 words are edited based on mutually agreed-upon timelines

We strive to meet your needs and deadlines. If you are looking for last-minute editing, please contact us and we will quickly determine if we have capacity

COSTS

CHF 85.00 per hour (includes value-added tax) for editing and consultations. The total costs depend on the text. Generally, we can edit between 600 and 1’200 words in an hour. Invoices are payable within thirty days of receipt.
Doctoral students and postdocs can receive one reimbursement of up to CHF 500.00 for academic editing.

If you do not submit a text after signing the contract, we will charge a processing fee of CHF 100.00.

PROCESS
  • Write to us at editing-sprachenzentrum@clutterunibas.ch. If possible, send a request form along with your complete text or a sample (around 300 words)
  • Within one workday, we will send an estimate of the costs, propose a timeline for the editing, and return an edited sample (if desired)
  • If you agree to the costs and timeline, we will prepare an editing agreement for you to sign
  • We will return your edited text to you by the agreed-upon date. You will receive the document in track-changes mode so that you can decide which changes you would like to make
  • After you have reviewed the changes, you may return your text to us for the editor to check queried sections
  • We will then return the final version to you along with a certificate confirming the language editing to submit to the publisher (if applicable)
Whenever desired, you will have the option to discuss your text with the editor to work on improving your writing for the future

CONTACT

Anthony Mahler, editing-sprachenzentrum@clutterunibas.ch, +41 61 207 52 33