If you are searching for an editor to help you with your research paper, this article provides you with suggestions to identify and connect with the right editor for your needs.
Most likely, your academic mentors and selected colleagues will serve as experts who can review your content, argument, and methodological approaches. Additionally, the publication where you are sending your research paper most likely has formatting guidelines that you are to follow. However, you will most certainly benefit from working with a professional editor who can help you to improve your phrasing, flow, consistency, and adherence to your chosen style guide (e.g., APA, Harvard, etc.).
Selecting the best editor is not unlike the other online purchases you make. When it is not possible to see or test an item prior to your purchase, it can be helpful to consider online reviews. However, as is the case with most products, relying solely on the reviews is just one way of narrowing down hundreds of options. The bottom line is that reviews are just one part of the selection process; even perfect reviews may not necessarily indicate whether a particular editor will be right for you. Like most purchases you make, you have a wide range of choices when hiring an editor. This brief article will provide you with some simple suggestions regarding the other types of indicators that can help you choose the best editor for your unique needs.
We recommend you consider the following when choosing a research paper editor:
- History of the company. Whether or not you choose Editor World for your document, we strongly recommend you evaluate the history and overall reputation of the company you select. In doing so, ask yourself the following questions: (a) How long has the company operated? (b) What is their rating from the Better Business Bureau? (c) Does the website provide me with a way of contacting my editor or customer support if I have a problem? These are a few simple ways to evaluate the overall quality of a company in a sea of options.
- Editor background. Consider the type of document that you need an editor to help you improve—in this case, a research paper. Then, try to find an editor with at least some experience in editing that type of document. Additionally, you might consider searching for an editor whose subject-area background is similar to your research paper topic. For example, if you are a chemist, consider finding an editor with a STEM background. He or she is likely more familiar with the approaches and technical language expected in your discipline when compared to an editor with a background in literature. Conversely, if you are a historian, an editor with a background in the humanities or social sciences would be an appropriate choice.
- Editor credentials. Explore your options, and consider choosing an editor with proven success in the type of writing you seek to improve. Someone writing a research paper is likely to have a richer and more beneficial experience if they choose an editor who has also written and published research papers in their respective fields.
- Your timeline and budget. In most cases, you will have a range of options in terms of turnaround time and cost. You might feel anxious and want your document returned to you as quickly as possible. However, if you have a few days to wait, it could significantly lower the cost. Another consideration is how the company or editor charges you. Put simply, the fairest way to pay is by word count. Some editing services charge by the page or by the time required to complete the work, but these approaches make it difficult to determine a firm price upfront. While price is important, it should not be the determining factor in your selection. There is certainly truth in the old saying, “You get what you pay for.”
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