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Manuscript Services

Did you know that the Office of Research and Innovation offers manuscript assistance to our faculty members? Since 2013, we have assisted faculty with more than 225 manuscripts and we would love to help you. Whether you want a second set of eyes to read the entire manuscript for any stray punctuation errors, grammar mistakes, or table help, or you want specific assistance with reference checking and formatting, we are here to help you polish your manuscript prior to submission.

We can also review conference papers, book chapters, books, supplementary materials, or even small portions of a manuscript such as only the abstract or just the references list. Other assistance can include helping with tables, graphs, and photos, or finding publications that would be compatible with your work.

How does this work?

  • Submit your manuscript as a Word document by email or bring the file by the office on a flash drive. If you have a target publication, please include a link for the journal and/or their author guidelines in your email.
  • We will read through your manuscript for grammar, punctuation and style consistency as well as check your references. Any changes, suggestions, corrections, or questions will be marked using the Track Changes function.
  • If you provide author guidelines, we will compare your manuscript with the guidelines to ensure you have it properly formatted for submission.
  • Once your manuscript is completed, you will receive it via email (or flash drive) with a general overview of what changes were made or what areas/issues need to be addressed by the author(s).

How long does it take?

The time required for proofreading varies according to the length of the manuscript, the amount of editing needed, as well as the number of projects in queue. Our office will work with you to establish a realistic project timeline with an attainable deadline. If your publication has a deadline, please do not wait until the day before the deadline for assistance.

Contact Information

Please contact our manuscript editor, Lacie Harris, for further information by calling 254-968-9927, via email at lharris@tarleton.edu, or stop by Room 145 of the Faculty Commons area of the Dick Smith Library. We are accessible through the library's northwest entrance across from the Fine Arts building.

Ms. Harris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tarleton State University ('05). A former journalist, she won second place in feature writing from the Texas Press Association ('08) and is currently working on her Master's degree in English. She also received an honorable mention from the Intercollegiate Press Association ('05) for an editorial cartoon while working at the J-TAC as a copy editor.