Valerie R

Detroit, Michigan, USA

β€œIn the refining moments of writing, an author's voice begins to shine.”

Valerie R

Specialist subjects:

Anatomy & Physiology Biological Sciences Biomedical Sciences Counselling Environmental Science Food Science Immunology Mental Health Neuroscience Zoology


BS Human Biology

Michigan State University


Favorite referencing style

I personally enjoy working with APA, as it is what I used most often during my undergraduate career.

Why I became an editor

I loved my writing courses during my undergraduate career in biology. I saw the difference between scientists who could articulate their research narratives in compelling ways and scientists who struggled to write effectively.

Everyone has a story to tell, scientific or otherwise. I was inspired to be an editor to help others allow their voices shine through their writing. Errors detract from a reader's focus and can even damage credibility. As such, I consider it a privilege to help authors refine their work.

Background and experience

I helped to prepare a research abstract and presentation while working at a behavioral neuroscience laboratory during my undergraduate career.

Moreover, I wrote professional incident reports as a resident assistant at Michigan State and proofread the reports of my colleagues prior to submission for further review.

In my roles as an academic coach/tutor, I have had the privilege to help many students (particularly freshmen) refine their academic work.

Why I love proofreading and editing

There is a particular confidence that comes from writing unmarred by mistakes. In my own writing, I have experienced the joy when a good paper becomes excellent through meaningful revisions. Thus, I find great delight in helping authors to deliver their messages clearly, concisely, and professionally. I have a special place in my heart for scientific writing, though I also love academic and creative writing.

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Favorite book:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel.


When I'm not proofreading, I enjoy running, playing the guitar, and spending time with my dog.

Editing tips:

Before I start making any comments or edits, I read a document first for context to preserve the author's intended meaning. I then read documents multiple times to ensure that I don't miss anything important.

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