Simon D. Coll

Simon D. Coll

Academic copyeditor & German–English translator


I'm Simon, an editor, translator and academic researcher based in the UK. I offer a variety of language-related services:
Academic copyediting & proofreading
Editing and proofreading for journal articles, conference presentations, MA/MPhil/PhD dissertations and research proposals. I specialize in humanities and social sciences texts, with a particular focus on history.
General copyediting & proofreading
Language editing (grammar, spelling and style) for non-academic texts in a variety of fields, including history, computing and video games.
German to English translation
Rendering German texts (both academic and non-academic) into polished, idiomatic and appropriate English. As with my general editing services, I specialize in texts related to history, computing and video games.

What my clients think

Chloé Kattar
Chloé Kattar

Fully recommended

Working with Simon has been very beneficial for me. As English is my third language, I find his remarks and suggestions very useful. Simon always offers an improvement in the style and language of my sentences without changing the original structure, which is exactly what I'm looking for. His input is always subtle and aesthetic. I fully recommend his services!

Gaëlle Fisher
Gaëlle Fisher

Incredibly helpful

Simon has been editing my texts for several years now and this has been incredibly helpful. He is a careful reader, making changes and suggestions that truly improve my work. As a historian himself and fluent in different languages he brings both expert knowledge to the topics I discuss as well as sensitivity to issues of translation from German as well as Romance and Slavic languages.

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From the blog

Posts and reblogs on the world of editing and translation, as well as more general language-related topics
Linux language learning (via the Mezzofanti Guild)
Language-learning is not exactly the focus of this blog, but I stumbled across this series of short posts a few days ago and they awoke...
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Markdown for students and academics
This is a slightly revised version of a post I wrote for History to the Public back in early 2015. You can have a read...
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A ‘hello, world’ of sorts
Greetings, one and all – and many thanks for browsing my website long enough to find this! This won’t be a fully fledged post, but...
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