Fraudulent Certificates of Proofreading – note to authors and journal editors

URGENT NOTE TO ALL JOURNAL EDITORS AND ACADEMIC AUTHORS: most unfortunately, we have been alerted to the fact that a number of academics based in Kazakhstan have been fraudulently copying and attempting to reproduce our PDF Certificates of Proofreading, then sending these fake documents along with their papers to academic journals. We would urge all journal editors to contact our Admin Team directly at to confirm the authenticity of each certificate supplied with any paper submission.

As a result of this, it is with regret that we will no longer be issuing PDF Certificates of Proofreading directly to authors. We can however supply confirmation of authenticity directly to journal editors subject to all GDPR (2018) checks and author authorization – full details of how to request this will be supplied on return of proofread manuscripts.

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Words you did not know came from… the Vikings

Words you did not know came from… the Vikings.


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The ‘cut-glass’ accent dies with the Queen

RIP Queen Elizabeth II.

If you have ever wondered what most middle class or upper class English (not British) grandparents sounded like, listen to this BBC broadcast here made when Princess Elizabeth was 14 years old in 1940. We call this a ‘cut-glass’ accent.

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Getting involved with people-powered research

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Click here for some ongoing projects looking for help.

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Cinema and the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

If you have watched the excellent ‘Arrival’ at home or at the cinema, you may want to dive further into the linguistic issues touched upon and read this article on the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

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The academic self-promotion struggle

Postdoc or professor, the self-promotion struggle is real. So, how can academics promote themselves without sounding too ‘sales-y’? Click here to view this article from The Campus (part of Times Higher Education) which could help answer the question.

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Is it ‘Ukraine’ or ‘The Ukraine’?

Is it ‘Ukraine’ or ‘The Ukraine’? Please click here to see and share our video from our Facebook page for an explanation. 🤓

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LSE academic podcasts available for free

Watch and listen to podcasts of a wide variety of events held at the world-renowned London School of Economics. Click here to access.

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Free cloud edition of ‘Babel’ linguistics magazine

Babel is the quarterly language magazine that brings you cutting-edge linguistic research in an accessible and colourful format.

The Best of Issue is available for free, with features taken from across the first 32 issues. You can read it online by clicking this link.

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Is Sci-hub the future?

This BBC Radio 4 documentary is an interesting exploration of the impact of Sci-hub on science and the Open Access Movement – please click here.

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