PsychEditing offers both copy editing and developmental editing services. In a nutshell, copy editing addresses the details and mechanics of a manuscript, whereas developmental editing addresses the “big-picture” aspects. Not sure which you need? Feel free to contact PsychEditing to discuss your project’s needs.

Copy Editing


What It Involves

  • Correcting errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and word usage
  • Ensuring that the writing is clear and consistent
  • Posing queries to clarify content and offer suggestions
  • Proposing minor enhancements to the manuscript's flow and organization
  • Applying correct and consistent formatting
  • Editing tables for content, format, and comprehensibility
  • Cross-checking citations and references
  • Properly formatting citations and references based on the applicable style guide
  • Identifying potential permissions issues

Specialized Services Offered

  • Developing organization- or product-specific style guides
  • Revising assessment instruments and manuals
  • Updating documents to align with current APA guidelines and diagnostic manual revisions

Developmental Editing


What It Involves

  • Providing comprehensive guidance on issues including structure and organization, flow, headings, transitional text, tone, and content
  • Facilitating the writer’s engagement with their audience
  • Assisting the author in maintaining a consistent and effective voice and tone
  • Applying psychological and educational expertise to ensure that content is communicated effectively
  • Communicating as needed with the author to establish and maintain a collaborative working relationship

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Expertise in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat software
  • Proficiency with APA and Chicago style manuals
  • In-depth knowledge of the DSM-5 TR
  • Timely and thorough communication
  • Over 20 years of experience in psychology and education
  • Collaborative approach to the editing process
  • Expert editing through a psychologist’s lens
  • Commitment to excellence

What Sets PsychEditing Apart?

  • Unique combination of expertise in psychology, education, writing, and editing
  • Specialization in psychological and educational materials
  • Sensitivity to equity, inclusion, and disability-related language


I primarily utilize Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature to edit documents, and I insert comments and queries throughout the manuscript, which you can then address and/or reply to. This enables us to have an ongoing dialogue of sorts during our work together. I also edit PDF documents using the Adobe Acrobat markup features and editing stamps.

I am proficient in APA and Chicago styles and will also adhere to other style manuals, in-house style guides, and manuscript publication guidelines.

If you need a project completed very quickly, I will make every effort to prioritize it to meet this request. (Additional charges may apply.)

Yes. I protect the privacy of every document and treat it as strictly confidential.

Please contact PsychEditing for rate information.

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“I have worked with a number of editors over the years and have to say that Rona was by far the best. In fact, working with her crystallized the outstanding experience of publishing a text with New Harbinger! She was incredibly diligent and conscious of deadlines. What I found most admirable about our work with Rona includes (1) the excellent job she did handling edits for highly complicated content; and (2) her incredibly courteous and collegial manner while working on the text. We were definitely a team. I highly, highly recommend her and would jump to work with her again if I could!”

Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, PhD~ Professor, Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program, and Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale ~ Co-editor, Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition (in press)