Dr Lisa Lines

Advanced Professional Member
Location Tower A, Level 5, 7 London Circuit, CANBERRA 2601, AUSTRALIA
Telephone & mobile +61 402361452
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Website www.capstoneediting.com.au
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Americanizing, anglicizing, copy-editing, copyediting, developmental/substantive editing, dictionary editing/lexicography, editing non-native English, editorial training, EFL/ESL editing, plain/clear English, proofreading


Books, company literature, educational materials, government reports, grant proposals, journals, manuals, multi-author books, newsletters, online materials, tenders/bids, theses and dissertations, travel guides, websites/blogs


Freelance since 2000; director and head editor, Elite Editing, 2007–14


All subjects including agriculture/farming, archaeology, art and antiques, astronomy/space sciences, biography/autobiography/memoirs, biology, building/construction, business/business studies, chemistry, children's/teenage publishing, country/area studies, crafts, dance and theatre, design, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, English literature, environment/energy, fiction, finance, fitness/health, food and drink, gardening/horticulture, geography, history, home and leisure, information science and technology, law, life sciences, literary studies, management, manufacturing, mathematics, media studies, medicine, medical specialisms, music, personal development, philosophy, physics, politics/government, religious studies/theology, sciences, social sciences/studies, sports, tourism/travel and transport


  • BA with Honours in History and Honours in Creative Writing (in Australia these are three separate degrees)
  • PhD Social Sciences
  • PhD Humanities
  • Accredited Editor, Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), Australia
  • Graduate Certificate of Languages


Lisa has edited several journal articles for me. Her thorough command of language really helps in making sure that the article is well expressed and free of errors. Lisa works very quickly and I have found it invaluable to have somebody format an article to the style of the particular journal. It is a massive time saver that allows me to move on to my next piece of work. I plan to use Lisa’s services again, including for a book project I have coming up. I highly recommend her to academics wanting to save time and wanting to submit their work with the confidence that it has been thoroughly looked over and formatted to their particular requirements.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan, Political Science, Charles Stuart University

I want to thank Dr Lisa Lines for the invaluable assistance she provided in editing my PhD thesis (following the Guidelines for Editing Research Theses as per University of Adelaide requirements). The final edited thesis was perfectly expressed and did not contain any typographical or grammatical errors. This was affirmed by my thesis being accepted without corrections, which I believe is rare. I am especially grateful for the care taken to avoid changing any of my ideas in what was a complex work. In reviewing the edits and comments, I felt at all times that my work had been treated with the greatest sensitivity and respect. Lisa proved herself to be a highly skilled, professional and trustworthy editor. I highly recommend her services to postgraduates and academics seeking a professional academic editor.

Dr Radhika Seimon, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, University of Sydney

I want to especially thank Dr Lisa Lines who graciously and expertly edited my thesis (editorial intervention was restricted to Standards D and E of the Australian Standards for Editing Practice). Lisa saved me from myself on numerous occasions and helped me to express what I was trying to say with clarity that my tangled prose often struggled to find. During my final journey in finishing, Lisa had been very patient with my few delays in not meeting the deadlines which I had missed sending in to her. Lisa has always been very professional and delivered what she stated. Since knowing about the company, I have recommended her to my colleagues and friends.

Dr Siew Mee Barton, PhD (Business Information Technology), RMIT University

I would confidently recommend the editorial services of Dr Lisa Lines. She is fast, capable and professional. Dr Lines identified a number of places in which the expression and clarity in the grant was able to be improved. Her careful editing saved me valuable time and identified details I had missed in my own revisions. She was careful to ensure that any changes to the expression didn’t change the meaning, and clearly noted where there may have been ambiguity. In today’s competitive research environment, I honestly believe the services of Dr Lines represent a very worthwhile investment, and I intend to utilise her services again with future grants.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen, Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC, University of New South Wales