About

I am a university trained philosopher (Ph.D.) who is excited to make his writing skills available for hire. I have written hundreds of thousands of words over the last decade, including a Ph.D. thesis and over a dozen academic articles, published in well-regarded, world-read journals (see the C.V. section of my website for a list of my publications).

I’m the editor for you whether you’re a native speaker, a non-native speaker, an undergraduate working on his/her writing sample, a postgraduate trying to perfect a piece of work for publication, or even a postdoctoral researcher who could use an extra pair of eyes.

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it’s just as hard to wield.

Pendaran Roberts

Services

10% off for returning customers!

Email me at pendaran@mac.com to discuss a service.

The below standard rates apply to my services for works up to 10,000 words. For longer works, rates will depend on the difficulty of the assignment. 

Basic Proofreading: 10 USD (8 UK pounds) per 1000 words

This service is for basic proofreading to catch typos and simple mistakes. The service is for someone who is already content with the overall language of their work but wants to avoid simple mistakes.  The copyediting provided by most academic publishers does not include proofreading.

Stylistic Proofreading: 20 USD (16 UK pounds) per 1000 words

This service can be thought of as a proofreading plus service. It includes the proofreading but, in addition, includes light editing to improve readability and flow. This is a good service for someone who is mostly content with the overall language of their work but wants to make it sound better.

Full Editing: 30 USD (23 UK pounds) per 1000 words

My full editing service includes proofreading but, in addition, takes a more in-depth look at your writing with an aim to seriously improve its readability and organization. This would be a good service for a non-native speaker or for a student or early career person who is trying to meet a high standard. We all need help sometimes, and I can help to get your work to a high standard.

Content Editing: 40 USD (30 UK pounds) per 1000 words 

This service is for Philosophy only. Are you a student or early career fellow who not only wants full editing but also wants advice on content? You might be wondering, “Are my arguments convincing, strong, and absent obvious objections?” I can answer these and other questions. This is a full editing service that also includes content advice. I have a PhD in Philosophy and have written hundreds of thousand of words of academic, philosophical material; I have published numerous philosophy articles. For writing samples for PhD and MA programs, I offer to look at second drafts at a discounted rate. Often writing samples take more than one pass.

All changes for all services will be made using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature. You can decide whether to accept or reject. 

Purchasing

Purchasing a writing service 

Email me at pendaran@mac.com.

Please use a relevant heading, e.g. ‘writing service.’

Include as an attachment your relevant work(s) using a Word file.

Feel free to discuss your needs with me.

Terms and conditions

I will return your email right away during UK working hours.

I normally can proofread or edit shorter works (up to 5,000 words) within 5 days and longer works (up to 10,000 words) within 10 days.

Dissertation editing (works over 60,000 words) can take up to 3 weeks or more. Pricing will depend on the difficulty of the material.

Expedited services are available for works under 10,000 words. Pricing will depend on my workload.

A sample of your proofread/edited work can be provided before payment, but payment is required before your work is returned in full.

There is a 20% deposit for works longer than 10,000 words.

My minimum fee is 40 US dollars.

I accept payment via bank transfer or paypal.

CV

Education

University of Nottingham, Ph.D. in Philosophy, passed without corrections, June 2014.

University of Missouri – St. Louis, M.A. in Philosophy, GPA 3.88/4.00, May 2010.

Auburn University, B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, Cum Laude, May 2008.

Peer-reviewed, journal publications

Schmidtke, K., Watson, D., Roberts, P., & Vlaev, I. (forthcoming). Menu positions influence soft drink selection at touchscreen kiosks. Psychology and Marketing. 

Roberts, P. & Schmidtke, K. (forthcoming). Folk core beliefs about color. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, DOI: 10.1007/s13164-019-00437-w.

Roberts, P. (forthcoming). Another look at color primitivism. Synthese, DOI:    10.1007/s11229-018-1821-9.

Roberts, P., Andow, J., & Schmidtke, K. (2018). Lay intuitions about epistemic normativity. Synthese, 195, 3267-3287.

Roberts, P. (2017). Turning up the volume on the property view of sound. Inquiry, 60, 337-357.

Roberts, P. (2017). An ecumenical response to color contrast cases. Synthese, 194, 1725-1742.

Roberts, P., Allen, K., & Schmidtke, K. (2016). Folk intuitions about the causal theory of perception. Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy, 3. (This article was selected for a symposium on the popular, Brains Blog, published November 19th, 2017. http://philosophyofbrains.com.)

Roberts, P. & Schmidtke, K. (2016). Relationalism about perceptible properties and the principle of charity. Synthese, 193, 2779-2803.

Roberts, P. & Knobe, J. (2016). Interview on experimental philosophy with Joshua Knobe. Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal4, 14-28.

Roberts, P. & Schmidtke, K. (2015). Color naming and color matching: A reply to Kuehni and Hardin. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 6, 207-212.

Roberts, P. (2014). Color relationalism, ordinary illusion, and color incompatibility. Philosophia, 9, 1085-1097.

Roberts, P., Andow, J., & Schmidtke, K. (2014). Colour relationalism and the real deliverances of introspection. Erkenntnis, 79, 1173-1189.

Roberts, P. (2014). Parsing the rainbow. Synthese, 191, 1793-1811.

Roberts, P. & Schmidtke, K. (2012). In defense of incompatibility, objectivism, and veridicality about color. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 3, 547-558.

Reviews

Highly recommended

5.0 rating
August 17, 2019

Dr Roberts is an excellent reviewer. He edited my paper in a very professional way and has helped me to clarify some points I made. His comments reveal that he is also a good philosopher.

Clotilde Calabi

Perfect for a non-native speaker

5.0 rating
July 13, 2019

Dr. Roberts helped edit my writing sample. He not only improved my word choices but also gave professional comments with respect to the content. With his help, the flow of my article is greatly improved. In addition, he even offered a discount on my revised draft, which is very generous. I will definitely recommend his service to my friends.

Ning Fan

The best choice

5.0 rating
January 12, 2019

Had Dr. Roberts help with my writing sample. Totally the best experience I could think of. I say this as someone who has received writing services from two bigger companies. Already recommended to friends!

Lyn

Highly recommended!

5.0 rating
December 12, 2018

I had Dr. Roberts proofread my writing sample for philosophy graduate school applications. He was able to provide an attention to detail that busy professors sometimes aren’t able to do. I was in a hurry since application deadlines were coming soon, but Dr. Roberts was able to give me very thorough and valuable feedback by the next day! Overall, I’d highly recommend his services!

Ben

Professional and Quick

5.0 rating
November 11, 2018

Pendaran’s editing has increased the clarity, structure, and professionalism of my work without removing my voice (aka style). I am very impressed by his ability to catch ambiguous sentences, and thankful for his suggestions to disambiguate those sentences. I am also thankful for his quick service, as often my work is returned within a week.

Kelly