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Faculty Editing Service for Scholarly Articles

For more information, read on or contact Courtney Wright.


What is the Editing Service?

The Business Communication Center coordinates with a pool of writing experts and offers Kenan-Flagler faculty editing services for scholarly articles you intend to submit to academic journals.


How Does the Editing Service Work?

To use the service, please email Courtney Wright who will put you in touch with one of our editors.


What Will the Editing Service Cost?

Most papers will require 4 to 8 hours of billable time at a market rate of $100/hour. The actual time an editor will spend on a given project is closer to 10 to 12 hours. For this cost, you’ll receive:

  • A consultation with your editor. You may have specific ideas about the kinds of feedback you seek. This initial meeting, conducted in-person or over the phone, will allow you to convey those ideas to your editor.
  • Feedback on grammar, style, and content.
  • Feedback that targets the writing and citation conventions of the specific journal.
  • A final ‘read through.’
  • Proofreading services for page proofs if your article is accepted.


How Do I Pay My Editor?

Your editor will be paid from your Research and Teaching Stipend – your RATS account. After completing editing services for your article, your editor will provide you with an invoice and independent contractor form. You should then give these documents to your administrative assistant and ask your assistant to process payment from your RATS account.


Who Are the Editors?

  • About Meg Dietrich. As one of the original editors providing this service at Kenan-Flagler, Meg writes University policies and contributes to training materials for the Office of Sponsored Research.  With an MA in Modern European History, Meg recently submitted a winning proposal to United Arts of North Carolina in support of a regional theatre organization and is currently working on a Community Leaders submission to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has written numerous successful grant and engineering consulting proposals, is skilled in marketing, and directed the editorial processes for biographical essays of DuPont, Ford, Astor, Morgan and Rockefeller for the American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press.  Meg looks forward to her continued collaboration with Kenan-Flagler faculty, helping writers "speak" to their reading audience clearly while maintaining their individual writing style.  "It's really satisfying to work and celebrate as partners," says Meg, "especially when our collaboration results in a "yes" letter from the publisher."


  • About Vivian McGee. Originally from Michigan, Vivian moved to North Carolina to do a graduate internship in writing and editing for the US EPA's Neurotoxicology Division in RTP. She has 25 years of writing and editing experience, working for some of our area's leading organizations, including Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Schwarz BioSciences. She has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication (MTSC) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an undergraduate degree in English and journalism from Western Michigan University. Vivian and her husband, John, live in Durham with their miniature dachshund, T-Bone.


  • About Martha Schütz. Martha's graduate work in history focused on communication, and she has spent the past twenty years engaged in independent research and editorial work. After six years as a manuscript editor on Oxford University Press's American National Biography project in the 1990s, she worked for the next decade on a series of cultural reference works as a contributor, fact-checker, editor, and proofreader. She has also copyedited scholarly papers, monographs, lexicographical works, and corporate websites. She holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Yale University and a fellowship from University College London. She has served the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School district as a Coach Write tutor and the Chapel Hill Museum as a trustee and newsletter editor.