Your Alternative Editor

Hi, my name is Andrea and I’m an academic proofreader. If your English sounds like James Taylor’s in this song by the Italian comedy band Elio e le Storie Tese, then you need my help. Second me.

[versione italiana in basso]


I studied for a BA and MA in Italian studies at Utrecht University (Netherlands), and I obtained my PhD at the University of Warwick (UK). I have held various postdoctoral fellowships, including one from the British Academy, and I have several years of experience in academic publishing and editing (publication list).

I have a proofreading certificate and a C2 Proficiency qualification (grade A). As a proofreader, I always aim to work in dialogue with my clients, with a personal approach that you rarely find when you turn to formal proofreading services. Where possible, I also try to offer affordable rates (for unfunded or precarious researchers). This, along with my – almost twenty-year – experience in higher education, makes me a good alternative to the more formal services out there.

I specialise in women’s history and gender studies, memory studies, and twentieth-century Italian history and literature. I do have an open mind, though, so if your research topic falls outside of these themes don’t hesitate to get in touch.

My rate for basic corrections (grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation) is 15 euros per 1000 words; for a correction and more in-depth revision (e.g., academic tone, style, fact checking, rewriting), I charge a bit more. I also do abstracts and conference presentations, grant and job applications, PhD theses, and books. Translation rates vary from 5 to 10 cents per word.

If you wish to contact me please use the module below, or write to me on my Facebook page: @editingalternative. In the meantime, the last page of my website contains some thought-provoking articles about HE and ideas to chill out online, as well as some relaxing snapshots from my offline editing retreat.

Instagram: @your_editing_retreat 
Twitter: @andreahajek79

Ciao! Mi chiamo Andrea e sono una correttrice di bozze certificata (livello C2 Cambridge). Grazie alla mia esperienza ventennale nel campo della ricerca, della pubblicazione e dell’editoria anglosassone posso offrire un servizio più mirato e personale rispetto ai servizi professionali. Dove posso cerco anche di venire incontro ai ricercatori/trici precari/e o senza fondi. Oltre a fare correzioni e revisioni sono anche disponibile per traduzioni (verso l’inglese). Le mie specializzazioni sono la storia delle donne, gli studi di genere e di memoria (culturale e collettiva), e la storia italiana moderna. Per ulteriori informazioni sulle mie competenze, sul servizio che offro e sulle mie tariffe, visitate le altre pagine del mio sito. Tra queste anche una pagina con articoli e risorse utili per communicare meglio in inglese (Skills Studio), e una pagina che offre degli spunti per una riflessione più critica sul mondo accademico anglosassone, ma che vuole anche essere uno spazio dove staccarsi dallo stress accademico (Your Editing Retreat). Buon lavoro!




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