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Academic Copyeditors

Ideas on Fire is looking to add more freelance academic copyeditors to our editing team.

We are looking for social justice-oriented editors with 2+ years of professional experience copyediting academic books, journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations in interdisciplinary academic fields including cultural studies, queer studies, film/media studies, transgender studies, women’s studies, ethnic studies, performance/dance studies, communication studies, disability studies, and related fields (see our portfolio for the types of projects we work on).

Our copyeditors are responsible for ensuring manuscripts have correct and consistent grammar, spelling, formatting, and punctuation; clear and logical sentence structure; consistent terminology, abbreviations, and definitions; and accurate citation formatting for in-text citations, footnotes/endnotes, and bibliographies. Further, our copyeditors ensure manuscripts adhere to specific US publishers’ and universities’ formatting requirements and best reflect the power of interdisciplinary scholarship today.

Qualities we’re looking for

You are committed to interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented work and want to help our clients create awesome feminist, queer, racial justice, disability justice, and economic justice projects.

You have a minimum of 2 years of professional experience copyediting US English-language academic books, journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations in the humanities and social sciences.

You love a good style sheet! (You’re also experienced with setting them up and using them.)

You are deeply familiar with and keep up with the regular changes to 2 or more of the following academic style manuals: Chicago (both notes/bibliography and author/date), APA, MLA, Harvard.

You are comfortable working on multiple concurrent projects in a fast-paced work environment.

You are professional, organized, and thorough. You always, always, always meet deadlines.

You have fantastic US English writing and oral communication skills.

You work well independently, are comfortable problem-solving to find solutions, and structure your time, tools, and communication practices to ensure you do your best work.

You have your own computer, Microsoft Word 2010 or later, access to the style manuals mentioned above, and regular and reliable internet access.

Bonus: If you are fluent in and can edit languages in addition to English, let us know! All of our client manuscripts are in English (US English primarily; Canadian, Australian, and British English occasionally), but sometimes client manuscripts contain other languages as well. If you’d also be able to edit those non-English sections, let us know.

This is a part-time, independent contractor position and projects are assigned based on editors' subject matter expertise, editing specializations, and availability.


2+ years copyediting academic books, journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations in the humanities and social sciences.


Copyediting interdisciplinary academic books, book chapters, journal articles, and dissertations (carefully adhering to academic integrity requirements).

Using Track Changes in Microsoft Word to make in-text edits.

Setting up and following a style sheet for each manuscript.

Occasionally working with the other IoF editors on editing projects. Sometimes you’ll be the sole editor on a manuscript and sometimes you’ll be one of several editors providing different services on the same manuscript.

All editing work is carefully reviewed by the IoF CEO before being returned to clients. At the beginning of each project, editors are provided with a thorough project brief and at the end of each project, they are given feedback on their work as well as recommendations for future projects.


Microsoft Word 2010 or later, Adobe Reader or Preview, Slack, Asana, Google Drive.


This is an independent contractor position and you can work remotely from wherever you are.

IoF is a fully remote company with team members located across North America.


Pay is per project and based on word count and turn-around time. You’ll know the full payment amount (as well as turn-around, word count, subject area, manuscript type, and other logistics) before you decide whether or not to take on a project.


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