How to hire academic editors
Academic editors follow strict style guides such as APA, MLA, and Chicago. Academic editors also adhere to the requirements and standards set by organizations such as ISO (International Standards Organization).
So how do you hire academic editors? What follows are some tips for finding top academic editors on Upwork.
How to shortlist academic editing professionals
As you’re browsing available academic editing contractor, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the independent contractors you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Industry fit. You want an academic editor who understands your industry so they can help you figure out how best to reach your target market.
- Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., editing a grant application).
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular academic editor.
How to write an effective academic editing job post
With a clear picture of your ideal academic editor in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for an independent contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
An effective academic editing job post should include:
- Scope of work: From editing literature reviews to term papers, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, subjects, or style guides, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Ready to enlist the aid of an academic editor? Log in and post your academic editing job on Upwork today.
ACADEMIC EDITING SPECIALISTS FAQ
What is academic editing?
Academic editing is the practice of editing academic documents such as research reports, grant applications, and term papers.
Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in academic editing professionals:
- Academic editing and writing
- Formatting and citation styles
- Subject matter expertise (e.g., medical writing and editing)
Why hire academic editors?
The trick to finding top academic editors is to identify your needs. Do you need someone to help you format your term paper in APA style and ensure you cited sources correctly? Or do you require a subject matter expert to review your research paper before you submit it to peer review?
The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.
How much does it cost to hire an academic editor?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced academic editor may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver a higher-quality product.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their academic editing services more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.