How Much Does Editing Cost?

Surprisingly affordable, high-quality editing

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Scribendi.com answers the popular question:
 "How much does editing cost?"

When you’re ready for a fresh pair of eyes to look at your work, you’ll be faced with many choices. A good edit can do wonders for the success of your work, so it’s important to choose wisely. Although price is an important element in this decision, it’s often complicated by the diversity and complexity of the services offered.

How much editing costs often depends on the length of the document you want edited, the category of your work, and how quickly you want it completed. Some editing companies also offer different levels of service, so this adds another layer to the cost of editing. Although editing may seem like an expensive service, it’s surprisingly affordable at Scribendi.com.

What Kind of Document Is It?

Some editing services charge the same fee regardless of the type of document submitted, whether it is a high school student’s essay, a safety manual, or a scientific article. Several companies break down their services according to document type, but their pricing schemes are not always transparent.

Scribendi.com offers specialized editing for several types of documents, including services for undergraduate and graduate students, businesspeople, and translators. If English is not your first language, don’t worry! Scribendi.com has services specifically for documents written by individuals who have English as a Second Language (ESL).

How Much Does Editing Cost If I’m a Student?

Many online editing services focus only on scholarly manuscripts or student work. For example, an editing company specializing in student editing may charge $40 for a 1,000-word document from a high school student with a 14-day turnaround to $164 for a PhD student with a 24-hour turnaround. At Scribendi.com, a student essay costs $20 for a one-week turnaround and a dissertation excerpt costs about $25—prices that are much more reasonable and affordable, especially for students.

How Much Does Editing Cost If I’m a Scholar?

For academic editing for publication in scholarly journals, scholars may turn to specialty companies associated with academic presses. Such services can cost anywhere from $285 to $458 for a 1,000-word document, which is simply out of reach for many scholars. Scribendi.com charges between $20 and $56 for these services, depending on turnaround time.

How Much Does Editing Cost If English Is Not My First Language?

A few editing services—particularly those for scholars—provide English language assistance alongside more general editing. Services from academic presses can cost between $285 and $400 for 1,000 words. They also have longer turnaround times—generally between five and six days. Fortunately, editing documents for non-native English speakers is one of Scribendi.com’s specialties, and our prices are much more manageable. Competitive with other companies, Scribendi.com’s ESL Editing service ranges in price from roughly $23 to $42 for 1,000 words in 24 hours.

How Much Does Editing Cost If I Need It Done Quickly? Will It Cost Less If I Can Wait?

The price of editing can vary depending on how quickly you want your document back, and a faster turnaround time will cost more money than a shorter one. A $20 project over 15 business days will cost $80 with a five-day turnaround time.

If you’re in a hurry, Scribendi.com offers quick turnaround times for several of its services. For Academic Editing, a speedy return will cost $55 for 1,000 words. If you have more time, Scribendi.com will return that same document to you within a week for $20. So, the next time you need a document edited, regardless of your occupation of level of English proficiency, go to Scribendi.com.

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