academic editing

The Business of Words: academic editing of thesis and dissertation

Our Academic Editing Service




Before we go further ...
You have work that needs editing now. You require input today.
This sort of urgency is not uncommon in academic work. If I have time,  I'll do some sample work for you right now - and absolutely for free.
From anywhere in the world,
call me at

or e-mail me at

or text me at
six-one-three) 572-3666. 

Tell me about your problem. I can't edit your whole paper for free, needless to say, but I can show you how your work would look by actually doing some of it for you. Then I'll return the sample to you right away and charge you ... nothing. No hard feelings.

  Editing a thesis. You're confident about your thesis' substance, but unsure about your language usage and style.


Writing a thesis. Frankly, you feel abandoned by your thesis advisor, who doesn't seem that interested.


Your dissertation. You've got the ideas but can't seem to get them organized on paper.


Academic papers. You are about to submit your paper to a professional journal for peer review. Stuffed with careful research and rich with fact, it's somehow suffering from indigestion.


Your thesis becomes a book. It's not easy but it can sometimes be done. Let's look together at the challenge.


Academic editing. Sociology. Engineering. Economics. Computer Science. History. Who can handle your particular problem within your particular discipline?



I'm here to help. 

How does it work?

When you get in touch with us by telephone or by e-mail, you'll probably communicate directly with me. We'll discuss any problems you may have with your essay or thesis work and the solutions I can offer. If you have concerns about cost or budget, I'll clear these up right away.

We request no advance retainer.

You'll send us a sample of your essay and I'll use this to make recommendations as to how we might proceed. I'll also do some sample editing without charge that will give you a clear idea of what to expect.

If you decide to proceed, we'll do so incrementally, that is, section by section. We'll stay in close touch with one another and you'll always know exactly what's happening. I require no contract or commitment from you that extends beyond the section of your thesis that's under immediate consideration.


Because my clients range from undergraduate studemts to senior corporations, my rates also vary. I sell my editing time by the hour. With your budget in mind,  you and I can decide how much time I'll spend on your project. There are no surprises.

Robert Buckland



One of the longest-established editing consultancies on the internet, The Business of Words  has been helping students and academics with matters of presentation and language.

Dissertation. Term paper. Academic paper. Thesis.

Whether you're stuck at the development stage, need formatting in APA, Chicago or other major style, or are looking for nothing more than a careful outside eye to catch any possible errors, I will apply myself with the greatest possible diligence to your work.

Now and Forever

Well, not forever perhaps. But certainly for the long run, I'm here to work with you on the writing tasks that arise in the course of an academic career. If you're now clearing the thesis or dissertation hurdle, post-doctoral papers may lie ahead, with grant proposals, articles in professional journals and, surely, at least one book.

My aim is to work with you over the longest possible period. The author-editor relationship is a special one and takes time to develop. Be assured I won't want to lose you, or you me.






"Thank you for all your wonderful work. It was a pleasure working with you. My advisor was very impressed after reviewing the final draft. She said there has been a great improvement. I successfully defended on the 25th of August. If I have something that needs editing in the future, I will definitely ask you again!
Thanks again, Best wishes,
N.K. "

~ Graduate Studies, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York



"Dear Robert,
I opened the attachment and the bibliography looks great. Thank you for all your help! "  

~ T.B., MBA candidate,
Atlanta, GA



"Thank you, Robert, for the careful and expediant editorial work you did on my Ph.D. dissertation. As I made corrections, I came to appreciate your ability to hear my voice and to suggest corrections appropriate to my style, pacing, and vocabulary. In cases where my work became too redundant, your alternatives added the needed turn to keep the reader's attention. My external reader, in particular, remarked at the readability of the thesis--an accolade for which you may take some well-deserved credit."

Montreal, Quebec


"Again, I want to take this chance to thank you for your great technical editing work."

~ Alex Li,
Concordia University,


"I selected you over so many others for several reasons.  Mainly, you were a real person, meaning you could be reached by telephone and you had an address.  When I spoke with you I felt comfortable. You put me at ease and I immediately had confidence in you. I think the most important reason was I did not have to worry about you rewriting and selling parts of my thesis.  You really have a lot to offer.  If I can be of service, please do not hesitate to ask."

Yours truly,

Nellie J. Winters-Sellars,
San Ramon, Ca





(Are two heads better than one?)

(Speaking truth to the world)

(Two heads are better than one)

(You're the author - I'm the writer)



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