graphite editing

helping academic & non-fiction authors sharpen their writing



I offer structural editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for scholars in the qualitative social sciences and humanities. Projects include journal articles, conference papers, and book-length projects published by Routledge and Springer. In addition, I provide citation formatting, document formatting, and indexing services.

I'm especially adept at working with non-native writers of English. 

My areas of content specialization are art history, anthropology, sociology,  Japanese studies, and museum studies.

Thesis / Dissertation

I've worked with students at all levels (undergraduate, master's, and PhD) at top-ranked universities in the United States, England, and Europe. I work with students in the qualitative social sciences and the humanities to copyedit, proofread, and format theses and dissertations. I identify areas that need clarification; edit to ensure consistency; correct errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; and ensure adherence to your selected style guide and your university's submission requirements.  

Style and citation guides: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA


I have a wide range of interests, and my editing projects reflect this curiosity about humans and the world in which we live. I find great satisfaction in helping authors to tell their story and to share their skills or their perspective on the world. 

Recent projects have included a book for parents of special needs children, a book on research-based methods for managing your inbox, and a book of travel photography.  

I offer structural editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading.



Hello! I'm Akiko Yamagata. 

I have been working with writers of scholarly publications, dissertations, and non-fiction books for ten years. I hold a BA from Williams College in political science and sociology and an MA from Harvard University in Japanese art and culture.  

In addition to being an editor, I am a museum educator who uses art to help medical professionals develop observation skills, build stronger teams, improve communication, and reflect on their practice. I do this at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

I've lived in the Boston/Cambridge area since 2007.

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