The Detail Devil

Academic editor ~~>

I’m Pam, the Detail Devil, a professionally trained academic editor. I work with researchers in Australia, the UK/Europe and the US, providing editing services to academics in education and across the social sciences. 

I have more than 14 years’ academic editing experience, beginning with my employment in research centres at the Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne. I loved the editorial aspect of the job so much that I undertook professional training as a copyeditor and graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2014, founding The Detail Devil in April 2015.

Since then, I’ve helped academic researchers at all levels of their careers — copyediting, formatting and proofreading books and chapters, doctoral dissertations and master’s theses, journal and conference papers, research proposals and reports.

Professionally trained and experienced

Having the right skills and qualifications is important, both to me and to my clients, and ensures that the work I produce is of the highest quality. I trained as a copyeditor at The University of Melbourne, Australia, achieving distinction in the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Editing and Communication) program.

In recognition of my skills, qualifications and experience, I’ve attained professional member status of both the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd Australia) and the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders (CIEP UK). This level of attainment means that you can be confident your manuscript is in experienced hands.


Expert advice

If you’re not quite ready to book my services but need help with Word, APA or writing skills, my blog Devilish Details covers these topics and more.

Friendly, supportive … and detailed

My clients describe me as friendly, communicative, supportive and detailed. Be sure that your manuscript is in safe hands by checking out my shining client testimonials.

See a snapshot of the type of manuscript I work with on my Portfolio page.


Which of my services are right for you?

I have carefully designed options with your needs in mind  whether your manuscript requires a light touch to bring shine or a heavier hand to improve flow. Find out which of my editing services fits your needs on my Editing Services page.

If you have further questions about cost, timing, process, scheduling, payment terms and more, visit my FAQs page. Or contact me to discuss your specific needs.


Copyediting for accuracy, clarity, consistency and style


Styling content to a publisher’s specs or preferred style guide


The final check that your document is ready for publication


Cross-checking and formatting to your preferred referencing style

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