- We deliver editing services that are honest and ethical.
We are committedto providing the highest levels of academic integrity.
- We have sophisticated knowledge of the academic integrity policies of Australian universities and our editing services adhere to these standards.
- Our editing focuses on key aspects of your chosen service without changing meaning or interfering with content (that is, the thoughts, ideas, research and information provided).
- Our detailed review will identify errors and allow you to amend your own work. We suggest changes to your text using track changes and comments. This allows you to decide what changes to accept and which to reject. We value your right to maintain complete control of your work.
Why does academic integrity matter?
As we say above, our editing focuses on key aspects of your chosen service without changing meaning or affecting content (that is, the thoughts, ideas, research and information you provide). We abide by this principle because universities have detailed policies about cheating and plagiarism in relation to assessment.
What does this mean in practice?
At Little Big Editing we say
If you write:
Alex Bryce (2005) has
And we change what you have written to:
Alex Bryce is a widely cited expert on student exhibits. His book, Showing Student Art (2005), is a seminal text in
By fixing grammar and improving the research and writing, have we created an ‘ethical’ problem?
As a client, you want a document with no errors. And we want to give you this! We really do! It’s a win-win!
So, what’s the catch? Is there one?
The answer is ‘no’ if your work is not being submitted for assessment.
Let’s look briefly at this example if
This document is likely to be unethical. Universities may think so and they make the rules.
So why is this example a concern?
In this example, the student wrote that there was no current research, other than the text referred to, on the topic. This was incorrect. The editor, a subject specialist, knew this to be factually untrue and suggested a current text to improve the research. This was a nice thing to do, but it didn’t reflect the student’s research or knowledge of the subject. The edited writing reflects what the editor knows about art, not what the student knows. If the editor had
So, some simple ideas to keep in mind:
It should be clear to anyone who compares your original and edited documents that the author is the same. If
2. On a positive note, universities often encourage the use of editors:
• Check the guidelines of your institution for information in relation to the use of editors.
3. Making mistakes is part of the process of learning how to be a better writer and student.
If you’re still learning to write at university, you shouldn’t be afraid of errors in language, writing or research. While many people like perfection and it’s a nice aim, the people giving feedback on your work need to see a document that accurately represents your skills to provide good advice about how you can improve.
Think about it from the perspective of an examiner or marker. In front of them is a piece of work and it’s unclear whose work it is. If there is no statement from the student saying
When is editing okay?
To be clear, there should be no problem if:
• the work is entirely that of the student; or
• where editing does not change meaning or content. It should be clear to anyone
The first thing to note is every customer and circumstance is individual and unique. So every document and edit is different. We understand this and will work with you to get the best outcome for you.
Remember, the best reason to have integrity is your reputation.
It’s about not letting yourself down.
About our CEO
Dr Kathryn Edgeworth has published in internationally peer-reviewed journals and books. She has an academic background in the humanities and social sciences, politics, human geography, history, English literature, sociology and education.
Kathryn has a 20+ year career in academia, teaching and research. She has contributed to research and teaching in the creative industries, health sciences, commerce and media industries.
Here is a small selection of her recent publications.