improve your academic writing


Slingsby and Dixon can help you communicate the nature, goals, and results of your research to have the fullest impact on the right audience.  Our experience includes editing academic books and articles, proofreading research grant proposals (including SSRHC Insight Grants, NSERC Discovery Grants, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship applications, and the like.), editing Ph.D. theses, and developing research projects into non-fiction books.  We have worked in a variety of fields in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, including recent projects in dance studies, functional genomics, English literature, and history and philosophy of science. Our academic clients have successfully earned book contracts and Banting and SSHRC postdoctoral fellowships, among other awards. 

Our academic editors will help you through the stages of the writing process depending on your needs. From substantive editing (dealing with content and structure),  stylistic editing (sentence-by-sentence flow), to copy editing and proofreading (the final check on grammatical and factual accuracy), we can help you reorganize your work as needed, make the language shine, and ensure flawless presentation. We also provide mentoring and coaching services that can give you the push and focus you need to finish your thesis or book, and research services to get you the information you need to bring your work to a point.

Damian Tarnopolsky holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of Toronto, where he earned his Ph.D. in English Literature. His academic articles have appeared in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, the University of Toronto Quarterly, and English: The Journal of the English Association. He has several years of experience working with university departments and private academic clients on research projects, grant proposals, articles, and academic books, and served as the Barbara Moon/Ars Medica Editorial Fellow at Massey College from 2016-18.    

“I first became aware of Dr. Tarnopolsky’s superior editorial skills through the Office of the Vice-Principal of Research at University of Toronto. Based on his profile, it was evident that he is extremely competent as an editor and highly recommended by the University of Toronto.

It is for this reason that I reached out to him when preparing to submit my book proposal to University of Wisconsin Press. Although Dr. Tarnopolsky and I do not share the same scholarly expertise, he provided excellent editorial support for my book proposal. Thanks to his sound advice on structure and content as well as his thorough and detailed copy editing feedback, I now have a book contract with University of Wisconsin Press.

On top of his strong editorial skills, Dr. Tarnopolsky is honest, dependable, hard working, and accurate about response times—all key qualities in a working editorial relationship. I will continue to work with Dr. Tarnopolsky through the remaining chapters of my manuscript. He is an excellent editor, and I highly recommend him to any scholar looking for professional editorial support. “

— Dr. Evadne Kelly, Scholar