Academic Editor

Make sure dissertations and theses follow proper style.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $97,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Academic Editors do?

As an Academic Editor, you assist colleagues, students, Professors and other Academic Writers in completing college-level documents. Examples of these papers include essays, theses, and dissertations. You work freelance, or are employed by an agency that directs clients to you.

Clients include Instructors and post-graduate students working on scholarly articles as well as undergraduates seeking help with important essays. Generally, these papers are designed to be used by students or teaching staff. They argue a point, present a new perspective, or uncover new research for consideration. For example, an Academic Editor might work on the scientific research paper: On the Analytical Evaluation of Social Networking in Comparison with Person-to-Person Contact.

That sounds like a rather stuffy description, and it is, because it represents the formal writing required of academic papers (so, yes, most of the titles you’ll see will be that beautiful). In addition to formality, academic writing must conform to one of several styles. Chicago or APA are examples of writing styles, which outline the proper way to use footnotes and reference sources.

Your job as an Academic Editor is to make sure that the paper exemplifies whichever guideline it adopts. In addition, you proofread, searching for grammatical errors and sentence structure flaws. And at any point in the project, you offer guidance to the Writer in suggesting organization or research pointers. You may even do extensive research and write portions of the paper yourself.

Often in this field, you specialize in one subject such as medical or social science. By focusing on your specific knowledge base, you reduce the amount of research time you need, and are able to quickly analyze data and references for accuracy.

Should I be an Academic Editor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • How to become an Academic Editor

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