Steve Knox


EXPERIENCE: In 2003, while working as an English language teacher and academic writing lecturer at universities in Europe, I started coaching, editing, and proofreading dissertations and journal articles for graduate students and professors. In 2016 I moved back to the US and  now work full-time as a freelance editor/proofreader of academic and nonfiction manuscripts, specializing in the humanities and social sciences. (Please see website: Since 2015 I’ve copyedited more than 80 dissertations and 50 journal articles and developmentally edited few monographs in these fields: history, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, sociology, nursing, education, economics, and business/marketing, and a few others. I’ve mastered most academic style guides: CMoSAPA, MLA, and have some experience in AMA style.

EDUCATION: University of Leicester (UK), master’s in Applied Linguistics, 2009; EFA course on Academic Developmental Editing, 2020; Advanced editing course as part of Certificate in Editing from the University of Chicago, 2019; Temple University, Certificate in Editing, 2016; Penn State, PhD program US/European History (ABD-4.0 avg.), 1993; Bachelor’s in Education, Temple University, 1987

EDITING PHILOSOPHY: The English language can be a powerful instrument for effective persuasion and the presentation of research if the writing is clear, concise, and engaging. Making it so is what I do best. My editing style could best be called ‘classic style’. I try to reduce the clutter and fat so that the writing is concise and clear. An essential component in this process is collaboration and consultation between editor and writer. Editing any significant academic manuscript is never one pass and done. There are always queries from the editor the writer will need to address because this intelligent, non-expert editor (me) will ask them. This back and forth is how I will help you create a manuscript that receives kudos from your colleagues. Read the reviews I’ve received from satisfied scholars and researchers on my website:

Here are the services I offer—developmental editing, substantive or line editing, standard copyediting, and proofreading. I also offer free, no-obligation sample edits, writing evaluations and project assessments, and reduced rates for grad students.

I work with lots of ESL writers, helping them improve their writing, become better at revision, and reduce their editing costs.

My overall goal is to become your editor and a trusted colleague throughout your academic career. For that reason, my editing is transparent, thorough, and careful. Preserving and enhancing your research, your voice, and your message is paramount.



Glenside, PA

Home phone: 267-335-7343

Cell phone: 267-335-7343


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Years in the field: 15
Years freelancing: 15


Steve Knox