K O’Donnell Proofreading

Proofreading and Copyediting Services

Proofreading and copyediting are about making the path between the reader and the author’s message as smooth and clear as possible.

Another pair of eyes will help to make sure that your message or ideas are conveyed effectively to your readers.


I can provide different levels of editing depending on your particular needs:

  • ensuring correct spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • making sure that your text is clear, consistent, appropriate and concise

  • assessing tone and style

  • looking at more technical matters such as captionsfootnotesheading styles and hierarchiesillustrationslayoutreferences and tables.

What should you expect from a professionally edited document? Find out in my guide, The Finished Product.

Please note that my service does not include paraphrasing published materials, writing or re-writing.

I was referred to Karen by a fellow doctorate student, and found her to be thorough with a strong eye for detail. Since receiving my thesis back from Karen I am feeling confident about its submission. I will be sure to use Karen again for proofreading and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to colleagues and fellow students.’

Hannah Gore, PhD student

My Services


I am an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and I abide by their code of practice.

I work with documents in Microsoft Word using tracked changes.

While I specialise in services for academic authors and publishers and in biomedical and healthcare sciences, I am happy to work with more general materials and other subjects. Please contact me to discuss your particular requirements.


K O’Donnell Proofreading

Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing

Based in Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland