Steve O'Shea

Steve O'Shea – Editor

Mature, knowledgeable, passionate about communicating nonsense-free science, and an absolute stickler for accuracy and continuity.


I have a scientific background (PhD in marine sciences), am an active researcher, and have vast experience with copy-editing, proof-reading, or substantive document editing of theses or peer-reviewed scientific publications for an academic audience in English (mainly in marine sciences, aquaculture, ecology, fisheries, avian biology, but also in health and medicine). I am open to editing documents in any discipline. At the time of writing my h-index is 17 and i10-index is 22. I am easy to work with, very hard working, and never miss a deadline.

I specialize in editing texts for ESL (English as a second language) authors, and those who have trouble writing or structuring a manuscript, who may be new to the process of publishing scientific papers and the complexities of peer-review, find formatting for specific journals tedious or challenging, or simply just need help writing a cover letter to accompany the submission of a manuscript or point-by-point response letter to address referee(s) concerns. Additionally, I have many years of experience with the editing or proofreading of academic theses (Masters and PhD), and can boast a 100% success rate (each student has been conferred their degree).

How does it work? After an electronic introduction (email or audiovisual) to discuss your needs, expectations, and deadlines, you send a manuscript file (complete file or representative sample text) to me in MS Word. I review the document and assess the level of editing required, then prepare a no-obligation quote for you. Once you accept my quote, I return to you within hours to 3 days (depending on the editing level required) for a conventional manuscript (< 10,000 words), or one week for a thesis (< 65,000 words), an edited and correctly formatted document. Corrections are made using the MS Word 'Track Changes' option. We go 'back and forth' typically up to two times for a manuscript (peer-reviewed publication) and three times (for an academic thesis) in series of clarification edits (free) until you are happy with the final edited document. We then conclude our business.

Agriculture Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Nature Writing & Publishing
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • PhD
  • MSc (Hons)
  • BSc

Work experience


May, 2014 — Present

Specializing in the critique, revision, interpretation and often substantive rewriting of complex documents written by ESL authors (primarily from China or Japan), copy editing, journal selection, and cover and response letter preparation and editing.


Jan, 2014 — Present

DrO specializes in the editing of academic documents, primarily theses, mentoring postgraduate students, and helping them publish their results. To date he has a 100% success rate (every student thus far has been conferred their degree). DrO also specializes in editing manuscripts for clients whose second language is English, for publication in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.

Auckland University of Technology

Jan, 2003 — Sep, 2011 (over 8 years)

Oversaw development of multidisciplinary environmental research programmes, business and strategic plan development, annual reports, financial planning, and strategic resource procurement. Developed a postgraduate student community, postgraduate supervision (BSc (Hons), Masters, PhD), and a research culture, with the publication of research output in high-quality peer-reviewed journals; mentored research-inactive staff

NIWA (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd)

Jan, 1995 — Jan, 2003 (about 8 years)

Museum collection management, and specimen lot collection, processing, sorting, preservation, fixation, and species identification. Established and maintained excellent relations with national and international scientists. Conduct research (fisheries surveys, and commercial work) as required

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