As your academic editor I am your partner in publication.



Dr. Ricardo Stanton-Salazar is an academic editor, sociologist, and widely-published author, who specializes in editing academic manuscripts, including dissertations, masters theses, journal articles, and book manuscripts. Driven to empower students and fellow academics to publish their work successfully, he takes pride in providing constructive and meaningful editorial comments for every project he takes on. In addition to being an editor, Dr. Stanton-Salazar continues his involvement in social justice movements, student advocacy, and the educational experiences of students of color.

Since receiving his doctoral degree at Stanford University, he has been awarded six fellowships by distinguished institutions for his extraordinary commitment to research on social inequality and Latina/o students, including a fellowship by Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. (Visiting Scholar Fellowship, 2003-2004). He is the author of Manufacturing Hope and Despair: The School and Kin Support Networks of U.S.-Mexican Youth (Teachers College Press, 2001), and has extensive publications in both academic journals and edited volumes. 

If you are a first-time or early-career author, Dr. Stanton-Salazar will elevate your work by bringing clarity, strength, and structure to your text, ensuring you meet submission deadlines with a strong and publishable manuscript. For mid-career scholars, Dr. Stanton-Salazar can provide critical editorial feedback in a timely manner and within your department’s budget. If uncertain of the level of editing you need, please reach out for a complimentary consultation. 

Relying on a wealth of ethnographic and statistical data, this groundbreaking volume documents the many constraints and social forces that prevent Mexican-origin adolescents from constructing the kinds of networks that provide access to important forms of social support.


Special attention is paid to those forms of support privileged youth normally receive and working-class youth do not, such as expert guidance regarding college opportunities. 



As your academic editor I am your partner in publication. I make sure that your manuscript conveys the importance, perhaps even the urgency, of your scholarship. Together, we highlight the contribution your work is making to your field or discipline. I focus on the small details as well as the big picture. I strive to be meticulous and highly technical, while still aware of the overarching themes at work in your manuscript. 

Below are the three types of editing I provide.


A line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level.  It includes removing all unnecessary words, suggesting synonyms, and insuring smooth transitions from one paragraph to another. It includes what is referred as baseline editing. Baseline copyediting

includes correcting faulty grammar and punctuation, and insuring adherence to the chosen style guide (e.g., APA, Chicago Manual).


Although heavy copyediting normally does not assess the intellectual content of the text (the validity of the research and theses, and the accuracy of the theoretical framework), it does attend to the clarity of the research reviewed and of the theses proposed in the manuscript. It also attends to the author’s point of view, transitions from topic to another, strength of argument, representation of cited research, and uniform tone and voice.  When you arrange for a heavy copyedit of your manuscript, it normally includes both line editing and baseline editing.


In the words of Strawberry Saroyan, an American journalist and author, “A developmental editor is someone who can take a ‘helicopter’ view of your entire piece of writing and give you a specific sense of what’s working, what’s not, and in some cases come up with solutions.” As a developmental editor, my job entails providing a detailed critique of the essential components of the expository text, whether an article, a dissertation, or a book manuscript. The goal is a text that is clear, concise, and well organized.