Paulina Cossette

Paulina Cossette – Editor

I help busy academics get published faster and land a job--without the overwhelm. PhD. Focusing in social sciences, business, & statistics.


When I was a professor, I often struggled to balance my teaching, research, and service responsibilities, and my writing inevitably got pushed aside in favor of tasks with more pressing deadlines. When I did have time to focus on research (usually during "vacation" time), I felt overwhelmed by having to choose which journal to submit to, revising my references list, and applying every detail of the submission guidelines. I never realized that copy editors existed or that they could help me accomplish my publishing goals.

As an editor, I now have a toolbox of tricks to format and revise your text quickly and effectively so you can direct your energy to other tasks. My job is not only to proofread your manuscript and make sure the argument is clear; it's also to guide you through the publishing and job market landscapes so you can get published faster and land a job without being so overwhelmed.

If you've put off submitting a paper or drafting a book proposal because you don't have the time or knowledge to get started, or if you're struggling to finalize your job letters, please reach out. I have a strong record of publishing peer-reviewed research and I've landed two tenure-track jobs and one VAP position, so I know what it takes to succeed in these areas.

Contact me today so I can help you move forward and restore work-life balance.


I earned my PhD in political science and worked as a US politics professor for ten years. I have several peer-reviewed journal articles and a book on U.S. public opinion and the #MeToo movement, so I know what it takes to develop a research project and get published. I also spent a year working on energy and environmental policy in the US Senate for Jack Reed (RI).

I have revised over 60 academic books, and I currently freelance for several academic publishers, including Edward Elgar. I also work for Summersdale Publishers (UK), copy editing and proofreading health, parenting, and wellness books. My website includes a selection of the projects I've completed.



"Thank YOU, Paulina! I have really appreciated your input on this project: you have been very clear and very responsive, and I think your work has contributed to making the book better. I’m very grateful."

Tracey Nicholls, Dismantling Rape Culture

"I’d like to thank you for making it all so easy – queries to the point, and few changes of importance. What a good experience."

Richard Griffiths, France’s Purveyors of Hatred

"It has been a pleasure working with you. Your keen eye, and minimalist approach to intervention has made this the easiest and most straightforward corrections to copy that I have done so far. We really appreciate your work to help correct our book!"

Timothy Carroll, A Return to the Object

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and was impressed by the quality of your work."

Dimitrios Kivotidis, Dictatorship: New Trajectories in Law

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Education & Reference History Mathematics & Statistics Parenting & Families Political Science & Current Affairs
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow
  • Ph.D., political science, University of Florida
  • B.A., political science, University of Central Florida

Work experience


Jan, 2019 — Present

• I have edited over 60 books and more than 1,000 documents.
• I edit and proofread articles and books in: political science, sociology, geography, environmental science, urban planning, law, psychology, history, women's studies, art, business, finance, nursing, mathematics, and more.
• I will format your dissertation, thesis, journal article, or book using the publisher's style.
• I will revise your references list and citations using APA, Chicago, MLA, AMA, or another style.

American Imago

Jul, 2022 — Present

I am the Managing Editor for the peer-reviewed psychology journal, American Imago.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

Apr, 2022 — Present

I am the copy editor for the peer-reviewed ethics journal, KIEJ.

Myers Education Press

Feb, 2022 — Dec, 2022 (10 months)

I copy edit and proofread education texts for a publisher in Gorham, Maine.

Edward Elgar

Oct, 2020 — Present

I edit academic texts in the social sciences, history, and business.

Charlesworth Author Services

Oct, 2020 — Present

Revising research by native and non-native English speakers.

Summersdale Publishers

Jan, 2020 — Present

Copy editing and proofreading trade, wellness, and gift books.


Jan, 2020 — Present

Rated in the top 10% of over 500 editors. Lifetime rating of 4.8 stars (out of 5).


Jun, 2019 — Dec, 2022 (over 3 years)

I have copy edited over 40 academic texts in the social sciences, humanities, and business.

Most recently Washington College

Aug, 2012 — Jul, 2019 (almost 7 years)

I earned a PhD from the University of Florida and was a US politics professor before becoming a copy editor. I have authored or coauthored several peer-reviewed journal articles and a book on public opinion and the #MeToo movement (Routledge, 2020). My areas of expertise are American politics, Congress, political campaigning, survey research, and data analysis.


A Return to the Object

Susanne Küchler

This book draws on the work of anthropologist Alfred Gell to reinstate the importance of the object in art and society. Rather than presenting art as a passive recipient of the artist's intention and the audience's critique, the authors consider it in the soci... read more
The Millennial Marriage

Willoughby, Brian J

World Record Animals

Ruzicka, Oldrich

How To Be Awesome

Golding, Sophie

Written by well-established researchers in behavioural economics, this Research Agenda illustrates the application of incentivised decision-making experiments, highlighting how this can add a new and novel dimension to social science research. Informative and ... read more

Paulina has 2 reviews





Nick D.

Nick D.

Jul, 2023

Extremely pleased with Paulina's work. Fast turnaround times, yet very thorough and great attention to detail. Will absolutely hire her for future projects.
Terrika W.

Terrika W.

Apr, 2023

Paulina did an exceptional job editing my paper. I am so grateful. She caught those easy-to-miss discrepancies on the author-year references. She also suggested some word choices and asked for additional clarity. Paulina's edits on the references were fantastic! I know I can submit my paper with confidence that the references are correct. This is a major research project and Paulina has helped...
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