How to Use Common Ground's Citation Editing Services for Books

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How to Use Common Ground's Citation Editing Services for Books

Step-by-Step Guide

Common Ground Research Networks is pleased to offer citation editing services for authors who would like to have their work professionally edited. In some cases our publishing department may recommend that citations be professionally edited as a condition of publication.

Citation Editing Services:

For a fee, one of our freelance editors will:

  • Change references—internal citations and end-of-article references—to confirm proper use of the sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, using either the author-date or notes and bibliography format, or the sixth edition of the APA style
  • Check that in-text citations are included in the reference list
  • Indicate if a citation in the reference list does not appear in-text
  • Verify the correct year of in-text citations to the corresponding references
  • Verify the correct/consistent spelling of names for in-text citations and the corresponding references

Services Not Covered:
  • Format or create tables, figures, or images
  • Add content to manuscript

What We Need From You:
  • Your completed manuscript in a .doc or .docx file.

Our Editors:

Common Ground’s freelance editors are all native English speakers with extensive editing experience and excellent communication skills.

The Process:
  1. Contact us to express your interest in having your manuscript edited. Please indicate whether you are interested in our citation or full editing services.
  2. The Managing Editor will review your manuscript and provide you with a quote.
  3. Once you have submitted payment, a freelance editor will be assigned to your manuscript.
  4. You will receive a copy of your edited manuscript via email.


    Please note that this service is not mandatory for publication. In some cases the Managing Editor may recommend that a book be professionally edited as a condition of publication; however, you are not required to use Common Ground’s editing services to fulfill this requirement. Using this service does not guarantee acceptance for publication. Please note that we take academic integrity seriously. By submitting your manuscript to our editing services, we trust that the material you have submitted is based entirely on original material. If plagiarism is found after an manuscript has gone through our editing services, you waive the right to a refund. If plagiarism is found, your manuscript will be withdrawn from the publication process.

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