Francis Eaves

Francis Eaves – Editor

Experienced arts/social sciences copy-editor and proofreader. Help for non-native academic English writers. Translator (Italian to English).


I have many years' experience working freelance as a copy-editor and proofreader for academic publishers (Oxford University Press; Princeton University Press; Boydell & Brewer) on mainly scholarly but also trade publications in the humanities and social sciences (history and memory studies, politics and current affairs, literary studies, philosophy, language and linguistics: see my portfolio below). I'm an ex-academic writing tutor at the universities of Cambridge and Essex, and continue to work with non-native English-speaking writer clients – historians especially welcome! – to revise and perfect their print or online texts in English ('anglicisation'). I also translate from Italian to English, again with a special but not exclusive interest in history.

I'll gladly respond to enquiries regarding work on academic or non-academic texts related to my areas of knowledge or interest, and provide a free estimate of likely cost based on a sample and market rates. Ideally, texts for copy-editing should be in Word, but other formats including hard copy may also be possible.
History Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs
English (UK) English (US)
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders 'CE 3: Copy-editing Progress', passed May 2017

Work experience


May, 2017 — Present

I began working as a freelance academic proofreader in 2008, after 25 years in ELT (English language teaching) and while employed as a cross-disciplinary university academic writing tutor. I became a copy-editor in 2016, working mainly for academic publishers, and continue also to work with non-anglophone academics to prepare their texts (by translation or revision) in English for professional purposes and print or online publication.

In 2017, I undertook further training in advanced copy-editing through the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and set up my own company offering editorial and translation services.


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Francis has 4 reviews





Hannah S.

Hannah S.

May, 2021

Fantasically detailed and accurated comments, particularly in terms of cross-referencing within the book. This is the second time we have employed Francis for proof-reading and copy-editing and we would definitely do so again.
Francis E.
Thank you once again, Hannah for your appreciative review. I'd be very happy to work with you again should the opportunity arise. My best wishes for the progress of the book.
Hannah S.

Hannah S.

Apr, 2020

An extremely proficient and professional proofreader. Francis' work was detailed and meticulous throughout. A pleasure to work with, I would highly recommend his services.
Gingko L.

Gingko L.

Feb, 2020

Francis is professional and punctual, and he was very helpful in solving a problem that arose during the editing process.
Francis E.
Thank you, Aida. The book was interesting, and I'm pleased you found my work satisfactory, notwithstanding the unforeseen problem we encountered during the project. I've learnt from the experience,...
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Jan B.

Jan B.

Dec, 2019

Working with Francis was wonderful, I can only very warmly recommend him. He's a terrific editor, has a keen eye for detail and is more than excellent in his editing. I am looking forward to future collaborations.
Francis E.
Thanks, Jan, for this generous review. I too look forward to working together again in the future.

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