Scholarly Writing Resources


Information on Editors (copy and project) and writing Coaches

Copy Editors

For a small fee, select UMass Boston English MA students offer copy editing services. More information and online submission can be found here.

Project Editors and Writing Coaches

OFD provides a list of editors, but does not endorse any particular project editors or writing coaches. We recommend that you read Tips for Selecting an Editor for advice on selecting an editor.

Taryn Aldrich

Taryn Aldrich is a professional editor who offers copy editing services and writing coaching to graduate students and academic faculty, many of whom are non-native English speakers. Her editing work spans a variety of disciplines, including STEM fields. She focuses on editing scholarly manuscripts and dissertations prior to publication. She also works on grant and research proposals, CVs and job applications, and similar materials. She holds an MA in Professional Writing in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences. She previously managed a university writing center and worked in educational publishing. Her clients’ articles have been published in a variety of top-tier journals.

Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander has published two books as an editor and contributor, and her clients' books have been published by university and academic presses. Her papers have appeared in diverse academic journals, including Science Advances, and she is structural editor of the journal Anthropological Theory.  She has worked with students revising theses or dissertations, and researchers and scholars preparing manuscripts for publication. She especially enjoys working with ESL writers, and has helped Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Turkish, and Chinese native speakers publish in English language venues. For more information, please contact her at

E.J. Graff

E.J. Graff is an author who has published a book with Beacon Press and a co-authored book with Simon & Schuster. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis and is available to edit work in the humanities.

Allison Goldstein

Allison Goldstein is a freelance writer and editor with a background in academic publishing. As a freelancer, she has worked with several doctoral students on their dissertations, and is a regular editing consultant for the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she works with faculty to prepare journal articles, book chapters, and various other materials for publication. 

Amy Hoffman

Amy Hoffman is a UMass Press author. She has published two books with university presses and has a third coming out in the spring. She can edit articles or manuscripts in the humanities and/or business articles.

Michael Needham

Michael Needham is an editor and the founder of Humanities First. He offers editing of many kinds especially on articles and book manuscripts. He specializes in developmental review and adapting powerful ideas for different audiences.

Susan Schmidt

Susan Schmidt has a dual background in science and humanities with a doctorate in American literature, Masters in environmental sciences and British lit; and postdoc study in bioethics, conflict resolution, and botany. She is fluent in French and German. Susan is a developmental editor for Polish to Publish, where she helps authors revise book manuscripts for publication. In structural critique, she can suggest how to shape, focus, fine-tune narrative voice, tone and trajectory. She also can serve as a copyeditor and proofreader for grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, structure, word choice, verb agreement, tense and voice (active versus passive). She works with all genres– popular and scholarly. She can mark in a variety of styles including Chicago, MLA, APA, CSE, or hybrid.

Getting Listed as a Project Editor

Editors who wish to have their information included on this page should email: and must include the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three faculty clients (current or former) who are willing to provide a reference. Editors who do not provide a minimum of three faculty references cannot be added to the list.

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