The Detail Devil

I’m Pam, otherwise known as the Detail Devil, a professionally trained academic copyeditor, providing editing services to researchers in the social sciences, particularly education. 

I have more than 10 years’ editorial experience, with my first foray into the world of academic editing while working in research centres at the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. I loved the editorial aspect of the job so much that I trained as a professional copyeditor and founded The Detail Devil in April 2015.

Since then, I’ve worked with academic researchers of all levels, copyediting, formatting and proofreading books and chapters, doctoral dissertations and master’s theses, journal and conference papers, research proposals, reports and funding applications.

Hop over to the Editing Services page for full details of the services I offer. The Portfolio page shows a snapshot of some of the work I do.

Professionally trained

Having the right skills and qualifications is important, to me and 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.

I also hold a First Class (Hons) Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (majoring in Philosophy) from the University of Brighton, UK.

Friendly and supportive

My clients describe me as friendly, communicative and supportive, and my work astonishingly detailed, as you’ll see from my shining client testimonials. You’ll also find my work first class and my rates reasonable. Head over to my Portfolio page for a snapshot of the type of work I do.

Carefully designed options

Whether your manuscript needs a light touch to bring shine or a heavier hand to improve flow, my carefully designed options have your needs in mind. Visit my Editing Services page for details about the academic copyediting, formatting and proofreading services I offer. My FAQs page contains information about cost, timing, process, scheduling, payment terms and more.


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