Academic journal copyediting

For interdisciplinary publications

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Editorial support for your journal

We provide professional copyediting of academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, arts, and interdisciplines.

Partnering with Ideas on Fire for your journal means you can count on expert-level editorial and production support as you publish cutting-edge research.

Our robust, diverse team ensures the timely production schedules and professional quality necessary to keep your journal at the center of vibrant and ever-changing scholarly, artistic, and community conversations.

We specialize in interdisciplinary approaches to academic research, highlighting the accessibility and political stakes of scholarly knowledge production.

Journal copyediting packages

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Monthly editing package

WHAT: Detailed editing of each article’s writing—fit with the journal’s style guide, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, consistency, typos, document formatting, and citation formatting. Each article receives one round of in-text edits using Track Changes in Microsoft Word and a separate style sheet that we use to ensure consistency across the article as well as alignment with the journal’s style guide.

IDEAL FOR: Journals that need regular batches of copyedited manuscripts (rather than per-issue work), for example those that publish pre-prints as they are ready. Our monthly package is also ideal for journals preferring spread-out production labor to accomodate faculty and publisher staff schedules, rather than per-issue work.

WORKFLOW: We set a monthly start date with you in accordance with your journal’s production needs. Each month, on your start date, you deliver the monthly batch of articles you need edited. Our team gets started and we return the edited manuscripts and style sheets 20 business days later.

TURN-AROUND: 20 business days

COST: USD $0.08 per word

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Per-issue editing package

WHAT: Detailed editing of each article’s writing—fit with the journal’s style guide, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, consistency, typos, document formatting, and citation formatting. Each article receives one round of in-text edits using Track Changes in Microsoft Word and a separate style sheet that we use to ensure consistency across the article as well as alignment with the journal’s style guide.

IDEAL FOR: Special issues organized around a key theme as well as journals that focus on one issue at a time. If your team publishes 2–4 issues per year and prefers to complete one issue before moving on to the next, our per-issue package could be a good fit for you.

WORKFLOW: We set a start date date with you in accordance with your journal’s production needs. On the start date, you deliver the issue’s batch of articles you need edited. Our team gets started and we return the edited manuscripts and style sheets 20 business days later.

TURN-AROUND: 20 business days

COST: USD $0.08 per word

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Individual article editing package

WHAT: Detailed editing of the article’s writing—fit with the journal’s style guide, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, consistency, typos, document formatting, and citation formatting. The article receives one round of in-text edits using Track Changes in Microsoft Word and a separate style sheet that we use to ensure consistency across the article as well as alignment with the journal’s style guide.

IDEAL FOR: Authors submitting their manuscript for peer review (pre-acceptance) and authors who have already revised based on peer review reports but need a final manuscript cleanup (pre-acceptance or post-acceptance). Individual article editing is also helpful for journal editors who have a few articles in need of professional editing but not an entire issue.

WORKFLOW: We set a start date date with you in accordance with your writing and publishing schedule. On the start date, you deliver the article(s) you need edited. Our team gets started and we return the edited manuscript(s) and style sheet(s) 15 business days later.

TURN-AROUND: 15 business days for up to 3 articles

COST: USD $0.08 per word

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Journal style guide package

WHAT: Creation of a comprehensive style guide for your academic journal that outlines your stylistic choices that structure the journal as a whole.

You’ll use the style guide to govern author submissions (how you want authors to format their manuscripts for peer review consideration), the copyediting of each article after it has been accepted, and individual journal issue elements such as tables of contents, audio-visual content and captions, and author bios.

We can work with you to either create a new journal style guide from scratch or revise your existing style guide to fit your journal’s vision and goals.

WORKFLOW: We begin with a information gathering session where we learn from you about your journal’s mission and goals. We then get to work on the first style guide draft, which we send to you for review. We revise the guide based on your feedback and then deliver you the final style guide that you can post on the journal’s website and use to meet your journal’s goals for the future.

TURN-AROUND: 6–8 weeks, depending on the specifics of the project. We set a schedule with you ahead of time in accordance with your journal’s production timeline and staff calendars.

COST: USD $1,195.00 flat fee

“Ideas on Fire has been a vital partner in launching and sustaining Feminist Anthropology. The thoughtfulness and deep intent that go into the copyediting process are reflected in the content expertise of the team and the clear communication with our editorial team and authors. Transparency has been a steady component of this relationship: journal style is revisited and articulated as necessary, and timelines are always honored. Working with IoF gives us confidence in the quality of our journal.”

Sameena Mulla

coeditor-in-chief of Feminist Anthropology

Ideas on Fire has always provided timely copyediting for our journal’s manuscripts, saving us precious time for editorial work. I highly recommend their services!

Darcie DeAngelo

coeditor-in-chief of Visual Anthropology Review

Meet your copyediting team

Cathy Hannabach

Founder & CEO

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Rachel Fudge

Project manager & copyeditor

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Akiko Yamagata

Copyeditor

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Ursula Arends

Copyeditor

Amber Riaz wearing a red shirt and black blazer

Amber Riaz

Copyeditor

Rachel Fudge wearing a black shirt and glasses, in front of green trees

Ayesha Chari

Copyeditor

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Candida Hadley

Copyeditor

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Elen Turner

Copyeditor

Sheryl Kaskowitz wearing a red shirt, black sweater, and glasses

Sheryl Kaskowitz

Copyeditor

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Dana Johnson

Copyeditor

Anna Gasha wearing a grey shirt

Anna Gasha

Copyeditor

Jacqueline Harvey wearing a black shirt and glasses

Jacqueline Harvey

Copyeditor

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Sofía Jarrín

Copyeditor

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Marieke Krijnen

Copyeditor

Our unique three-level edit and review

Each article receives a thorough three-level edit and review by our expert team before it is returned to you.

Prep

On the project start date, you will deliver the articles to us via email or we can download them directly from your journal’s workflow management platform (ScholarOne, etc.). IoF CEO Dr. Cathy Hannabach and project manager Rachel Fudge review each manuscript and any accompanying figures/tables/maps, note areas the copyeditors should pay particular attention to, and prepare the IoF style sheets.

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Full edit

Our copyediting team dives into the manuscripts, adding in-text edits using Track Changes and filling out each article’s style sheet. We format each article in accordance with your journal’s style guide and ensure consistency across each article as well as the issue as a whole.

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Project manager review

The copyeditors send their work to the project manager, who provides a thorough review of each manuscript, in-text edits, and accompanying style sheet. The project manager adds additional edits as relevant. If more work is needed on an article, the manuscript gets sent back to the copyeditor for that work and then comes back to the project manager for more review. After the project manager has confirmed all edits, each manuscript moves to the next review stage.

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CEO review

After the project manager has finished their review of each article’s edits, our CEO begins the third level of review. She reads through all of the edits and revision recommendations, adding additional edits to each article as needed. She proofreads the editorial documents and confirms all edits meet our high IoF standards.

Return

We return your edited articles and accompanying documents via email or your journal’s workflow management platform. Authors can then incorporate the edits and revisions as desired, submitting the final versions to you or the publisher for typesetting. You can go forward with your journal’s publication plans, confident that you have a fantastic set of scholarly articles!

“Previously, Catalyst’s managing editor and editorial board members copyedited the manuscripts in our journal. It was time-consuming and we were very excited to work with Ideas on Fire, which was recommended by a board member. Working with the group was straightforward and hassle-free. We are extremely happy with the results of our joint effort.”

Cristina Visperas

former managing editor of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

“Ideas on Fire has a superb team of editors who handle interdisciplinary scholarship with rigor and care. It was a pleasure working with them on a special issue on visual evidence for First Monday. The scope of the issue was ambitious—to bring together scholars from across fields and disciplines to show how the inconsistent treatment of images across law and policy domains impact civil liberties and human rights. Ideas on Fire helped me bring this ambitious vision to fruition, copyediting articles from psychology to journalism studies.”

Sandra Ristovska

editor of First Monday special issue on visual evidence

I approached IoF because I was struggling to revise an article I had been working on for a long time for resubmission. I was frustrated by the challenge of incorporating the journal’s reviewers’ very detailed comments. Working with IoF helped to revise my work substantively. The IoF team’s deep developmental work in the first phase and then careful copyediting in the next helped immensely to sharpen and clarify my writing. I recommend them to any academic looking to bring clarity and shine to their written work.

Aparna Kapadia

author of “Imagining Region in Late Colonial India: Jhaverchand Meghani and the Construction of Saurashtra (1921–1947)”

I felt like I was just spinning my wheels on an article when I sought Ideas on Fire’s help. Afterwards, I am very excited to get back to work on it. I have a brand new perspective on the piece and very clear suggestions for discrete steps I can take. I recommend IoF to all colleagues, particularly junior colleagues.”

Leah Lowe

author of “Appropriate, Whiteness, and the American Family Play”

Frequently asked questions:

journal copyediting

What kind of academic journals do you copyedit?

We specialize in the interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences. We work with journals publishing scholarship in the fields of: 

  • activism
  • African American studies
  • American studies
  • anthropology
  • area studies
  • art, architecture, and visual culture
  • Asian American studies
  • Black studies
  • Chicanx studies
  • communication studies
  • critical race studies
  • cultural studies
  • dance studies
  • disability studies
  • education
  • environmental studies
  • ethnic studies
  • film/media studies
  • gender and sexuality studies
  • geography
  • history
  • Indigenous studies and Native studies
  • Latinx studies
  • literary studies and comparative literature
  • music and sound studies
  • philosophy and theory
  • political science and politics
  • postcolonial studies
  • queer studies
  • science and technology studies
  • sociology
  • theater and performance studies
  • transgender studies
  • women’s studies

We do not work with journals in STEM fields, business/marketing, or law.

Can you format the citations to fit my journal's style guide?

Yes. Our journal editing service includes citation formatting for in-text parenthetical citations, endnotes/footnotes, and bibliographies.

Our copyeditors are well versed in the latest formatting styles used in the interdisciplines, humanities, and social sciences, including those set by the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), Harvard, and others.

If your journal uses a unique citation style, we can also format the articles in accordance with that.

How does payment work?

We will send you an invoice with the edited manuscript(s). For monthly editing, that will mean a monthly invoice, and for per-issue or per-article editing, that will mean an invoice upon completion of work on those manuscripts.

Payment is due in full 30 days after each invoice is sent.

We accept payment by credit/debit card and bank transfer only.

We are already a registered vendor with hundreds of universities and scholarly associations. If we are not already registered with yours, we are happy to get registered so they can pay us directly.

Do you have any additional publishing resources?

Tons! Check out our publishing resource library for courses, videos, articles, and podcast episodes on the ins and outs of scholarly publishing.

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