In your search for an editing service, you’ve likely come across a number of companies. In this article, we would like to discuss some of the advantages of using an APA editing service. First, while there are many editing companies—offering a range of services—few have expertise in all areas of editing. Indeed, many companies offer so many services that they lack any specialization in a topic area or writing style.
Generalist Versus Specialist Model
Why is specialization important? This is a critical question and could be applied to any practical problem. For instance, if you’ve been diagnosed with Type II diabetes you could seek treatment from a general practitioner—in fact, many patients do. Alternatively, you could go to a specialist, like an endocrinologist. While the specialist might be more costly, you are more likely to get the highest standard of care from a physician trained in the most up-to-date practices in diabetes care. Would you not want the best care you could possibly obtain?
Now, if we apply this question to your academic work—your doctoral dissertation, thesis, or manuscript for a journal—would you not want a specialist to review your most important professional work? For us it’s a no-brainer—we’d go with the specialist. And that’s our goal in providing scientific editing services: to provide the most specialized APA editing available.
Advantages of Using an APA Editing Service
Here are some advantages of using an APA editing service:
- APA Style is a Writing Style, Not Just a Format
APA Style is not simply a format for a document. It is a scientific writing style. In fact, it is the most widely used scientific writing style across a range of disciplines—psychology, sociology, social work, business, and nursing, among others.
- Our APA Editors Know Research
Writing in APA Style requires a knowledge of scientific research. APA editors are trained not only in editing, but also in research methods. If you’re working on designing a study, would you trust an editor who has never taken a basic research course? We hope not. Our APA editors are trained in quantitative and qualitative methods and all have published work in academic journals.
- Our APA Editors Know the APA Style Manual
Have you read the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association? Our APA editors have. In fact, most of them can cite it from memory. The sixth edition of the APA Style manual is perhaps the most confusing yet published by the APA. There are new rules for levels of heading, use of numbers, in-text citations, and reference list entries, among others. Let our APA editors get the job done right, without the APA errors.
- We’re Not Freelancers!
Top Tier Editing is an APA editing service—the only legitimate exclusively APA business in the market. Though there are a number of editors who purport to have experience in APA Style, few have the resources or reputation of an established company. We regularly provide APA Style trainings and our APA editors must go through a rigorous training process.