Accurate Professional Academic Editing Services

A language editing service for academic researchers who want to present compelling content using clear language and sound grammar and spelling.

Comprehensive Academic Editing Services

You have done the hard work, gathered your research, formulated your argument and got all your ideas down on paper.

Now you want to gain the confidence to share it with the world, free from errors and spelling mistakes.

But you don’t have enough distance from your thesis or journal article to carry out thorough proofreading and review. You are stressed out, dealing with complicated formatting requirements and referencing styles, getting tenses right and achieving the correct academic tone.

Your work is in safe hands

Handing your work over to an editor can be daunting, especially if you have only shared it with your supervisor. You have so many questions – will the editor change everything? Will I be able to decide which changes I want to keep? Will it be done in time for submission?

The truth is, If you are a student or academic from a non-English speaking background, your work will achieve better marks and a greater academic impact if it is presented in perfect English.

Our professional editing service takes the stress out of academic writing by fine-tuning your document’s content, structure, style, and presentation so that the final product shines. We stick to deadlines and all changes are tracked, giving you the freedom to decide what your final document looks like.

Our editors:

  • Correct your grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Edit for content, style, sentence structure, presentation, clarity and coherence
  • Delete irrelevant points
  • Get rid of repetition
  • Order points within sections
  • Fix inconsistencies
  • Provide detailed recommendations and suggestions that will refine and enhance your document
  • Make comments where necessary.


Working with Tweaks is great, their editors are on the ball, on the money all the time and that is what I need from an editor.

Mvuzo Ponono

Lecturer, University of the Free State

The best thing after being proofread by Tweaks is the input that they offer.

Xolisa Ngubelenga

Masters in Creative Writing, Rhodes University

Tweaks assisted me with editing my research. I would highly recommend their services for a second language English speaker.

Ina Ertner

Honours student

I engaged Tweaks for editing services for my Master’s treatise. The service was affordable and delivered within the agreed timeline. Moreover, the editing process was meticulous. I was a satisfied client and I believe this editing process helped improve the mark and grade I got for my treatise. I recommend their services to students that need a quality document output that is professional.

Albert Kagande

PhD Student, Nelson Mandela University

Tweaks edited my PhD thesis. After working so many hours on it, it helped to have someone else look at it with fresh eyes. Someone I could also talk to about my concerns with language. The overall experience was great!

Dr Kinga Mnich

Impact Coach

Thank you so much for all the help, I really appreciate it.

Daniel Kankenga

Masters, University of Witswatersrand

Purchase Academic Editing Services Online

This shop has everything you need to take the stress out of academic writing. By keeping the process online, we have made it super simple to get your work edited in time for submission.

The simple 3-step process gets your document from version 1 to word-perfect within ten (10) working days and allows you the opportunity to communicate with our team every step of the way.

How to use this shop

Select & purchase the service(s) you need

You can select multiple services, and these will be added to your cart. Once your payment has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your order number.

Upload your file

Now we need more information about your document, your quality requirements and guidelines. Once an order number has been generated, you’ll receive an email with a form to fill out and clear directions on uploading your file.

You are assigned an expert editor

Now that we have gathered all the required information from you, one of our expert editors will be assigned to your document. Editors and Reviewers (Quality Assurers) are matched based on your subject area, ensuring your quality requirements and guidelines are met.

Academic Editing Services

Meet our Experts

Chengetai Chikadaya

10 years of experience
Edited 1000s of research papers
BA Media and Literature, Masters in Applied Media

Belinda Hlatswayo

Edited 100s of research papers
BA Arts English Literature and French Language and Literature & Law, Bachelor of Laws LLB, Laws, Master of Laws – LLM International Law

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Services

Who edits my document? What training do they have?

Tweaks editors are all at least Masters graduates with subject-matter expertise and have a minimum of five years of experience in research and academic editing. Our editors and writers go through the Tweaks Deep Editor Training (DET) program. All our editors also receive intensive training on how to handle content by second-language English speakers and keep up to date on grammar, punctuation, and style for American and British English.

Will Tweaks editors have qualifications in my field?

All our editors are highly qualified and experienced professional academic editors, capable of working across various fields. However, we always endeavour to match clients’ documents with the most suitable editor—one with experience in the same general field. This policy is particularly valuable for longer, complex documents written by academics and postgraduates. 

Will the editor change everything?

Training in deep editing enables the editor to develop a sophisticated understanding of any material, ensuring that they do not unintentionally alter the author’s voice or meaning, or overlook errors that might not be apparent. All editing is tracked in Microsoft Word. Track Changes is a built-in feature in Microsoft Word which allows you to see the changes that were made to the document. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to view, accept or reject changes.

Do you provide document formatting services?

Yes! You can request our formatting service from our online shop. You will be asked to specify your formatting requirements in our submission form.

Will I get an editing certificate?

Yes, you will. An editing certificate is emailed to you upon completion of editing.

What are your service/opening hours?

You can purchase an academic editing service and submit a document for editing at any time and you will receive a response within 24hrs.

My file is too large to upload to the form. How can I send it to you?

The best way to send large files is by WeTransfer or Google Drive. Please email us at and tell us which application you prefer to use. We will then provide instructions on how to send your file.

Prices & Payments

Do you offer discounts?

We do not offer any discounts for our services, but we are working on a Referral Program. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to keep updated. 

By pricing our service correctly, we ensure that our clients receive excellent value for money while our highly qualified and experienced academic editors are paid fairly for their specialist services.

This policy is important for maintaining the standards and integrity of the academic editing industry in Afrika. Price undercutting through discounting is not a practice encouraged by industry associations, as this drives down editors’ wages and conditions and, ultimately, the quality of their work. Through fair and firm pricing, we can deliver an exemplary service consistently, now and into the future.

Can I receive a free sample edit?

No, we do not provide free sample editing. However, if you would like to try our service before submitting your full document for editing, you are welcome to purchase a few pages for editing from our shop. When you submit the full document, we can then subtract the amount paid for the sample. 

The reason that we do not provide free sample editing is twofold. First, as professional academic editors, we are committed to upholding and protecting the standards of the industry. Industry associations discourage professional editors from performing any work free of charge.

Second, the exceptional standard of our work is a reflection of the qualifications and experience of our editors and of our overarching focus on quality. Our detailed editing examples demonstrate what you can expect from your editor and are a reliable alternative to free sample editing. You may also like to read more about the qualifications and experience of our talented team of specialist academic editors.

Your prices appear to be more expensive than those of another website I have found. Why should I use you?

Our service may appear more expensive; however, choosing the highest-quality and most professional service available ensures that you get the job done right the first time, saving you time and money in the long run. Choosing Tweaks Academic Editing Services ensures that your final document will be as polished and sophisticated as possible, giving you the best chance of publication or thesis acceptance.

We are confident that our service is of exceptional value for money. Further, by paying our editors at a higher rate, we are able to attract and retain the most qualified and experienced academic editors in the business, guaranteeing that our clients receive high-quality work. 

Please take a look at testimonials from some of our past clients.

What payment methods do you accept?

You can purchase any of our academic editing services online using a credit or debit card.


What happens if you miss my deadline?

We guarantee that we will not miss your deadline. However, in the extremely unlikely event that we do, due to an unexpected event outside our control, we will discount you for our failure to meet the agreed deadline:
20% 1 – 2 days after the agreed date of submission and 30% 3 – 5 days after the agreed date of submission.

What happens if I am not happy with the quality of the academic edit?

We guarantee the quality of our work. This means that, in the extremely rare instance that a client finds fault with our work, we will take immediate action to fix the problem. In the unlikely event that you find errors in our work, please contact us and we will correct them for you immediately and FREE of charge.

You can read more about this process on our Refunds & Cancellation of services page. If this does not resolve your concerns, you can use our complaint resolution process.

What happens if I make changes to my edited document? Will you check it again for free?

If you make any changes or additions to your edited document and would like us to edit those changes and additions, we need to charge for that as new work. If you only want some clarification about our edits, or if you have found some errors in our work that require revision, we can do this FREE of charge, provided this is within the scope of the original job. This work is covered under our Quality Guarantee.

Thesis editing

Are you experienced in editing PhD and Master's theses?

Tweaks is without question the most experienced postgraduate thesis editing service in Afrika. Our editors have edited thousands of PhD and Master’s theses across a diverse range of fields from various universities across the continent. Whatever your area of study, we have an academic editor with relevant editing expertise.


Will you create my Table of Contents and other preliminary pages?

Absolutely. When you purchase formatting from our shop we will ensure your thesis contains all the necessary sections, in the correct order, and create all required preliminary pages, including the Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures and List of Abbreviations. Your edited thesis will be in submission-ready format.

Still in doubt?

I don't think I need editing. My thesis is very well written already.

Universities require that postgraduate theses meet international publication standards and this can only be achieved through professional editing, regardless of the quality of your writing. Clients who are exceptional academic writers are often surprised at just how much their thesis is improved by Tweak’s editing service.

After researching and writing such a long document over many years, you can easily become blind to errors, inconsistencies and areas of potential improvement in your own work. A new set of eyes, especially those of a highly experienced professional, can catch all these issues for you. With the help of Tweaks, you can be 100% confident that your thesis will be polished and well presented.

Is it ethical to have my thesis professionally edited?

Absolutely. It is a common misconception that editing is not encouraged by universities. Universities do prefer theses to have the benefit of academic editing.

Universities also often provide funding to their postgraduate research students specifically for academic editing, and many supervisors require that PhD and Master’s candidates whose first language is not English have their thesis edited before submission. After all, it is in the universities’ best interests that the work of their students be presented in the best possible light.

Editing for academics

Are you familiar with the requirements for publication in journals?

Absolutely. Most of our editors are academics themselves, with strong publication records. We know exactly what you need and expect of an academic editor for your journal article. We simply need to know your target journal and we will ensure that your article complies with all the relevant guidelines for structure, organisation, word length, language, style, formatting and referencing.

I don't need my article edited. I just need it converted to follow the referencing and formatting style of my target journal. Can you do that, and how can I arrange it?

Certainly. Please purchase the formatting product in our shop and we will convert the formatting and referencing styles.


Do I need to include my reference list in the word count?

No, If you would like your references edited and your referencing cross-checked to ensure your in-text citations or footnotes/endnotes and reference list or bibliography are complete and consistent, you need to purchase the Reference Checking and Reference List Editing product.

Will you crosscheck my in-text references, footnotes or endnotes and reference list or bibliography to ensure my referencing is complete and consistent?

Yes. If you require us to edit your reference list or bibliography, we will crosscheck your reference list or bibliography with your in-text citations, footnotes or endnotes to ensure that each citation corresponds to a referenced source, and vice versa. We will edit your references to ensure that they are correct, consistent and complete, including locating and including missing source information where possible.

Can you follow the guidelines from my university or journal regarding referencing?

Yes, definitely. We can follow any guidelines or style guide that you require. All our editors have a thorough knowledge of different referencing styles, enabling them to follow any required style accurately.

Can you make my referencing consistent, without any guidelines to follow?

Yes. Our editors are experts at referencing and can identify the patterns in any style you may have adopted, allowing for the application of that style consistently throughout your document. We are also happy to recommend the referencing style that we think would be most appropriate for your document.


Can you format my document?

Yes. We provide publication-ready formatting services. Just select the Formatting product and add-to-cart. Our exceptional attention to detail in academic editing also applies to the appearance of your document, which ensures that your research is presented in the best possible light, follows all required formatting guidelines and is ready for submission or publication. Tweaks provides the highest-quality formatting service available.

We also offer flexible formatting options, as follows:

  • If you require a specific formatting style, we can apply that to your document (e.g. APA).
  • If you are happy with the style you have used and would like us to check it for consistency throughout your document, we can do that.
  • If you have no preferred formatting style, we can apply our house style, which has been specially designed for academic documents.

I don't have any guidelines for formatting. How will you format my document?

If you are happy with the style you have used, we can check it for consistency throughout your document. Or, if you have no preferred formatting style, we can apply our house style, which has been specially designed for academic documents.

What does Tweaks formatting house style look like?

Tweak’s house style has been developed to conform to the formatting guidelines most commonly accepted by Afrikan universities, in particular for theses, for which there are a large number of conventions and standards that must be followed. The body of the document uses Times New Roman font, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing and justified text. To view an example document showing you exactly what our house style looks like, please download this document.

Can you make my formatting consistent, without any guidelines to follow?

Yes. Our editors are experts at formatting and can identify the patterns in any style you may have adopted, allowing for the application of that style consistently throughout your document. We are also happy to recommend the formatting style that we think would be most appropriate for your document.

Can you follow the guidelines from my university or journal regarding formatting?

Yes, definitely. We can follow any guidelines or style guide that you require. All our editors have a thorough knowledge of different formatting styles, enabling them to follow any required style accurately.

Academic integrity

What guidelines do you follow in your editing?

As professional editors, we strictly adhere to all relevant guidelines, including The South African Guild of Editors (SAGE), Professional Editors’ Guild (PEG), South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) and The Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA). Where a client has been asked to follow any university-, journal- or publisher-specific guidelines, we will closely read and follow those as well.


Can you write my essay for me?

NO! University academic integrity and plagiarism policies strictly prohibit students from having anyone else perform their work for them. We can certainly help you by editing your work and providing specific feedback to you on how you can further improve your academic writing skills.

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