APA Writing Style & Editing

MASTERS THESIS — DOCTORAL DISSERTATION — CAPSTONE PROJECT

Joan Dunayer has been a professional editor for more than two decades. She has edited research papers, dissertations, journal articles, magazine articles, and books on a wide range of topics, including psychology, language, literature, education, politics, and medicine.

A graduate of Princeton University, Joan has master’s degrees in psychology, English education, and English literature. She has taught writing to high school, college, and university students. At the University of Pennsylvania, Joan taught classes on preparing psychology reports in APA format. In addition to being an expert in APA style, Joan is thoroughly familiar with Chicago and MLA styles.

Joan also has written professionally. Her articles and essays have appeared in magazines, journals, textbooks, and anthologies. Most of her writing has focused on literature, language, psychology, philosophy, and politics. For example, she has written the commentaries for new editions of twenty-one literary classics.


Brandy Foster is an APA style guru and an expert proofreader, copy editor, and grant writer who has over seven year’s professional freelance experience perfecting documents and exceeding clients’ expectations. Her teaching experience in writing centers and college classrooms qualifies her to work with writers with varying abilities, including developmental writers, non-native speakers/writers of English, and students requiring special accommodations. Brandy has edited numerous theses and dissertations from the proposal stage to the final draft, and has helped doctoral students publish their dissertations as books. She is skilled in providing clear feedback, diagnosing and correcting issues of clarity, style, and organization, and ensuring correct citation and document formatting. She can improve any academic writing project, including theses, dissertations, articles, proposals, presentations, and scholarly books; she can also enhance résumés or award nominations to get her clients the recognition they deserve.

She is an expert grant writer and has written grants totaling nearly $50 million. She excels in APA or MLA style formatting, and has editing expertise in the following fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Educational Leadership, History, Political Science, Psychology and Social Sciences, Philosophy, and English Literature and Composition. Her clients love to work with her because she not only improves their writing, she also helps them to become better writers.

“Her knowledge about APA format was superb. In addition she formatted the table of contents so that it updated with each heading and page number which, made it much easier for me She was very friendly and complimentary.” Michelle Plecha


Jennifer Kennedy offers nearly a decade of copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking experience helping authors polish scholarly texts and journal articles. Her topics of expertise include science, medicine, and law. She has worked on full-length texts on medical genetics and journals such as The American Journal of Dermatopathology, Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, and The Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. She also worked on Lippincott Williams and Wilkins’ Current Opinion series, which covers a wide range of medical/science topics from cardiology to oncology. In addition to AMA style, she has also mastered APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in English/Professional Writing, then went on to law school, where she focused on copyright law. She approaches each project with the goal of keeping the author’s voice and message intact while communicating as effectively as possible with the intended reader.

“Jennifer was a tremendous help in editing my thesis. I am very happy with the work she performed, and my thesis committee chair was very pleased with my final product.” —William Skeet Norton, Graduate Student, The University of Texas at Arlington

“Jennifer was great to work with.  Her ideas and enthusiasm were both greatly appreciated.” (on file with coordinator)


Carol Levine, has B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and more than 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, English instructor, writing coach, and APA format expert. As the Writing Specialist for the University of Phoenix for 17 years, she worked extensively with students in the Master of Counseling, Master of Education, and MBA programs. Carol also developed and conducted numerous workshops on the use of APA format for University of Phoenix students and faculty members (e.g., The ABCs of APA; APA Formatting: From Soup to Nuts; APA: Changes in the Fifth Edition Manual) and earned the unofficial title of “APA Queen.”

Carol is not only an APA format expert. She is also a meticulous proofreader who takes pride in spotting errors that are overlooked by spell check programs, as well as a skilled editor with a vocabulary that enables her to complete the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. She is highly efficient, never misses a deadline, and is comfortable doing either paper or electronic editing.

“Carol was exceptionally diligent in her work. She was in constant contact with me over the time she was working on my paper and finished the work several days ahead of schedule. She paid great attention to detail, catching a couple redundancies I had missed, as well as some inconsistencies, which were beyond the scope of the APA compliance I was looking for.” Doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University. Contact information on request


Herbert M. Levine, holds a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University. He taught political science for twenty years at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He taught courses in American government, international relations, arms control, U.S. foreign policy, and introduction to politics.

His publications include thirty-five books and more than seventy-five articles. His books consist of college texts, a university press book, trade books, and young-adult books. The subject matter of these books includes American government, state and local government, world politics, arms control, state and local government, public administration, civil liberties, terrorism, gun control, illegal drugs, immigration, and other topics. His articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals, and reference books (including an encyclopedia). From 1999-2001 he served as a consultant for a book project on counterterrorism and helped evaluate and edit the work of authors of chapters that appeared in the book.

He has edited numerous doctoral dissertations. Dr. Levine is an expert in APA format and Chicago writing styles.

“Dr. Levine was excellent – provided me with feedback very quickly, and was very helpful.  Should have used this service 6 months ago – saved an enormous amount of stress as I was seriously considering shelving my thesis!! I also really appreciate the fact that he is there to support if anything should come back after the review — realizing this is not likely to happen but it is nice to know you have an advocate.” Lynda Wilson-Hare


Suzanne Manness, Ph.D., is an English professor who teaches APA, MLA, Chicago/ Turabian, Harvard, AMA, and AAA documentation styles in her research writing classes. She has edited many college textbooks and professional articles and has extensive experience in editing, proofreading, and formatting theses and dissertations. She specializes in proofreading and formatting articles for APA journals. She is known for a special ability to help international / ESL students, her attention to detail, and her quick turnaround time.

[RG] just emailed me. My dissertation has been accepted.You did an excellent job editing my dissertation. Your knowledge of APA 5th edition, Nova Southeastern University dissertation guidelines, and your commitment to quick turnaround are just a few of your many talents. Thank you for all of your help and assistance. I will be eternally grateful.” Donna Gottardi


Holly Monty, M.A.Ling., M.A.Comm., is a proven APA and Chicago style expert and has been a professional editor and writer for 10 years, 5 of those in a full-time freelance capacity. She specializes in academic manuscripts (journal articles and theses) and in whole-book preparation for publication (from content through copyediting and formatting), whether the manuscript is being submitted to publishers or self-published.

Since operating as a freelance editor and writer, Ms. Monty, a Microsoft Word expert, has worked on books and articles published by many of the world’s leading publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, John Wiley, Springer, Lawrence Erlbaum, Pearson-Prentice Hall, Berg, Macmillan, Berkshire, American Geophysical Union, Praeger, Greenwood, Blackwell, Elsevier, Sage, Begell House, Teacher Ideas Press, Libraries Unlimited, UTH Zürich, RAND Corporation, PRMIA, Self-Improvement Online, and other top names in academic and nonfiction publishing. To date, she has edited over 1,000 published journal articles, 90 nonfiction books, and a wealth of dissertations and theses.


James N. Powell, with MA degrees in both English Literature and Religious Studies, is a former Professor of English Literature. He has been editing, coaching, and tutoring writers and students for years. He was inhouse APA proofreader of doctoral dissertations at the Fielding University. He excels at working with international / ESL students. Specializing in APA and MLA styles, he has proofread hundreds of doctoral dissertations and papers. He is an internationally published writer, with books issued by major houses: Prentice Hall, William Morrow, and Hosei University Press (Japan).


Nancy Rosenbaum‘s experience includes writing and editing materials (functional specs, users guides, administrators guides, release notes, data sheets, quick reference guides, training material, help text, test plans with use cases) for commercial software and hardware companies, as well as the internal IT departments of pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and consulting companies. Nancy hs also written and edited multi-volume permit applications, operating guides, hazard communications standards, and emergency response procedures for environmental engineering and remediation companies. Nancy ensures each document is targeted to its audience, maximizing the document’s impact and usability.

“She is simple fantastic! I was simply astounded at her attention to detail. That, coupled with her delivery before schedule and careful explanation for all changes, instilled in me an incredible amount of confidence in her work. Nancy has succeeded in playing a major part in one of my most significant accomplishments so I feel a very special kindred spirit with her. “


Known for her quick turnaround time and attention to detail, Melissa Simpson specializes in proofreading, copyediting, and APA and MLA styles. In addition to addressing issues of organization, grammar, usage, and style, Melissa has a knack for “tightening up” a document by making sure it is clear and concise. She can also format headings and page numbers and create tables of contents at a client’s request and always double-checks that parenthetical references parallel the references/works cited section of a document. She is skilled at ensuring that documents not only comply with the APA or MLA style guides but also with a university-specific guide, if applicable.

Melissa’s 10+ years of editing experience is based on a B.A. in English from Hendrix College, where she graduated summa cum laude with distinction, and an M.A. in English from Texas Woman’s University. She has also worked as a technical writer and has taught various writing and literature courses on both the high school and college levels for over 15 years in both traditional and online classrooms. Her editing work includes numerous proposals, textbooks, dissertations, theses, academic papers, technical documents, and journal articles on a broad range of subjects, including education, psychology, nursing, business, government, speech pathology, literature, philosophy, economics, and art. She is skilled at meeting the needs of ESL students as well.

An accomplished writer herself, Melissa has published many articles and a biography of Southern author Flannery O’Connor. She is currently a community editor with Little Rock Family magazine, an award-winning magazine for families in central Arkansas.


A. J. Sobczak is an editor, proofreader, and writer (business writing, business methods, business history, communication, literary analysis) with more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. He works directly with authors of academic articles and books as well as working for publishers. As an in-house editor for Salem Press (6 years) and freelance editor for Sage Publications (since 1993), along with work for University of California Press, ABC-CLIO, Rowman & Littlefield, and other clients, he has edited dozens of books and journals in various topics in the social and hard sciences, including economics, research methods, mathematics, political science, psychology, business and management, supply chain theory, and history.

He is an expert in APA and Chicago styles and is many publishers’ freelance editor of choice for books with heavy math content. His writing on business and economics has appeared in several reference volumes, and he is the editor of and a contributor to Great Events from History II: Business and Commerce, containing approximately 500 articles on critical events in 20th-century business history.

“A.J. was fast and efficient. His price was competitive and his level of editing was just what I needed for my comp exam. I would work with him in the future.” Margaret Clausen, doctoral student, California Institute of Integral Studies


Courtney Verre has nine years of experience in the writing and editing industry and has spent six of those in the academic domain. She holds a B.A. in Communications and French from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and an M.A. in French Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. As a copy editor for Psychonomic Publications, Courtney edited articles for grammar, style, and overall flow, and ensured that they adhered to APA guidelines. Courtney is a freelance editor for the McCombs School of Business and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas. Through her relationship with the Population Research Center, she has worked on projects such as the committee report of the Gender Equity Task Force at the University of Texas, the Women’s Issues Study of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and a teacher’s survey report for the Sally Ride Science Academy. She has also written and edited materials for small businesses in Austin, Texas.

Courtney’s versatility enables her to edit material covering a wide variety of subject matter, including experimental and behavioral psychology, linguistics, marketing, and finance, among others. Her clients have praised her ability to pinpoint inconsistencies, clarify intent, and enhance the overall readability of their work. Her extensive knowledge of APA style and her eye for detail ensure that her clients’ articles adhere to publishing standards. Her background in teaching ESL, along with her experience in working with authors of many different nationalities, make her adept at navigating through language barriers.

Knowing firsthand how overwhelming writing a research paper can be, Courtney is able to coach her clients through the roadblocks of language and style. She is known for her thoroughness in explaining her revisions and has continually impressed her clients with her adherence to deadlines and fast turnaround time.

“Courtney saved my life. I as i na time crunch to get my dissertation in, plus I had different parts finished at different times. . . . The editing she did was extremely clear and detailed. She provided a great deal of support and tips for my dissertation in general. . . . Her personal touch, along with her professionalism, greatly enhanced the experience.” (On file with network coordinator.)


Donald Wells has more than 18 years experience as an editor and writer. He has edited for and written with accountants, agriculture researchers, economists, educational researchers, educational psychologists, engineers, historians, lawyers, Master’s students, nurse researchers, nutritionists, PhD candidates, philosophers, political scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, soil scientists, UN experts, university professors, and veterinarians. He has edited more than 200 published journal articles, some of which have won awards, many dissertations and theses, annotated bibliographies, reference books, textbooks, and academic, engineering, government, and scientific reports.He is an expert in APA style, Chicago Manual of Style, and MLA format and is familiar with AMA. He has extensive experience with ESL writers. Don is dedicated to maintaining the individual voice of the writer, and he follows two rules of style: A document must be clear and concise. He has found that these two rules of style produce documents that are elegant and professional.

“Very prompt in his work and professional in tone. The assistance with APA formatting saved me hours of effort that will allow me to get to the defense of this dissertation at least 3 weeks sooner than if I had done it on my own. The gist of the document remained mine to complete, but Don’s assistance made for a clearer, more concise document.” Contact information on request

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