Types of editing

Claire Nettle provides substantive and copy editing services, and edits theses within the guidelines for professional editors.

Substantive editing

Bluestocking Academic Editing’s substantive (or structural) editing addresses your document as a whole. It includes attention to:

  • the structure of your argument or narrative
  • your use of data
  • reference to your wider academic field
  • order, logic and flow
  • signposting and transitions to guide readers
  • consistency of authorial voice (particularly important for works with multiple authors)
  • suitability for intended audiences – publishers and readers.

Copy editing

Bluestocking Academic Editing’s copy editing services ensure your work is clear, polished and fit for purpose. This includes:

  • clarity and flow
  • freedom from errors (grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure)
  • language (consistency of tone and suitability for audience)
  • style (compliance with your publisher’s requirements)
  • referencing (completeness, accuracy and use of required conventions)
  • visual elements (heading hierarchy, captions, page layout, tables and figures, cross references within text and between text and figures)
  • discussion of suggested changes and queries via email.

Thesis editing

Bluestocking Academic Editing ensures your thesis is ready for your examiners and a wider audience.

As a professional editor, and full member of the Institute of Professional Editors, Claire Nettle is bound by the Guidelines for Editing Research Theses, as established by the Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies and the Australian Council of Graduate Research. The Guidelines provide important information for candidates and supervisors.

Within the Guidelines, Bluestocking Academic Editing can make sure that your thesis:

  • is free from distracting errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • adheres to academic conventions
  • is fully and correctly referenced in your required style
  • has correctly formatted tables and figures
  • contains all the required elements in the right order and format.