Faculty Publishing Service

The Faculty Publishing Service is ready to help with any of your publishing needs, such as editing, proofreading, typesetting, and indexing.   Our service is free for faculty and staff in the following BYU units:

  • Humanities
  • Family, Home, and Social Sciences,
  • Marriott School
  • Religious Education
  • Harold B. Lee Library

These units have agreed to pay for their faculty and staff to use our service. Other faculty may seek funding from their unit or pay a modest fee of $30.00 per hour.   Our Mission The Faculty Publishing Service supports BYU’s Department of Linguistics by assisting editing students in developing and refining publishing skills and by providing opportunities to research topics in publishing. The Faculty Publishing Service achieves this mission through

  • providing editing students with opportunities to help university faculty prepare their manuscripts for publication, such as through editing, typesetting, and indexing;
  • providing editing students with one-on-one mentoring and feedback on their work; and
  • providing department faculty with opportunities to collect and analyze data regarding publishing and then present the scholarship in various forums.


Our Capabilities

We assist BYU faculty and staff with a variety of publication and production tasks, including the following:

  • Copyediting
  • Substantive editing
  • Proofreading
  • Transcription
  • Indexing
  • Cover and page design
  • Typesetting and page layout
  • Creation of print-ready files

As our schedule allows, we can also help with other publication-related tasks—just let us know what you need!   Typically, our student interns are the first to work on your project. Then experienced editors review the work, make additional changes if needed, and provide feedback to the interns. In the end, you receive professional-quality work and our students receive mentoring that prepares them for publication positions after they graduate.   Project Timeline We generally accept projects on a first-come, first-served basis, though we’ll make every effort to accommodate your schedule.   Our turnaround time depends on the current project load; in general, please plan on 2–4 weeks for article editing, 2–4 months for book editing, 2–4 weeks for indexing, and 2–4 weeks for typesetting.   How to Submit a Project To submit your project or to receive an estimate of time and fees, contact the managing editor of the BYU Faculty Publishing Service, Scarlett Lindsay, at byu.fps@gmail.com. In the email, please provide any information we’ll need to complete your project successfully, including the following:

  • Level of editing

Are you looking for just a copyedit addressing grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage, or are you also interested in edits for clarity or organization?

  • Style requirements

What style guide should we use when editing/formatting the text and references—Chicago, MLA, APA, or a publisher-specific style? (If a publisher-specific style, please include a link to the relevant information on the publisher’s website.)

  • Return preferences

For multipart projects, do you prefer to have the parts returned as they’re completed or to receive the entire finished work at once?

  • Timeline

Do you have a fixed deadline, or do you have some flexibility?  

For More Information 

Visit http://linguistics.byu.edu/faculty-publishing-service-getting-started or contact the director, Suzy Bills, at suzy_bills@byu.edu.