Jeff Marck's Native English
Copy Editing and Proofreading Services - Cairo

Specializing In Psychiatric Copy Editing in the Middle East

strong letters of reference from Diwan Center and other major clients
general copy editing & research support as well

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"Native English Copy Editing"
6 or 8 years running

My goal is to provide you with a service experience
that you will recommend to others.


Every client has paid all that I asked when my work for them was done.
Dozens and dozens continue to send new work and refer new clients to me.

US$5/hour... which results in lower costs to you than those of the major agencies.

I work with a lot of material that is clear English… there is no doubt about what is meant. But it just isn’t the way we would say it. And this can result in summary dismissal of articles submitted and result in required revisions for theses submitted.

PhD Polynesian Linguistics
Institute of Advanced Studies
Australian National University
MA MalayoPolynesian Linguistics
University of Hawai'i
MA Prehistory Oceania
BA African Economies
University of Iowa

Seven years at Australia's National Centre for Epidemilogy and Population Health's
Health Transition Centre 1992-1999
(African HIV investigations)
Rakhawy Letter of Introduction

Turn your project into a joy to behold!

Stuck? Extremely low rates on extremely large projects. Wondering how to improve your corporate English language documents, academic writing scores or get those first few articles or a thesis published? If so, let's have a chat. Native speaker proofreading and copy editing, with an objective commercial or academic voice, can turn your project into a joy to behold.

Work on such materials goes quickly, results in a lot of happy thanks, and is of great value in attracting publishers or obtaining higher honors for a thesis.

I am a retired American-Australian linguistics professor doing English proofreading and copy editing from my wife's home town, Cairo, Egypt.
I do general copy editing and proofreading for academic clients, government ministries and varied industries in the private sector.

I have had clients from approximately fifty countries over the years and as mentioned above every client has paid in full (on time, with thanks and their experience with me has often led to referrals to colleagues).

I am well schooled, fearless, and accurate.

I am a native speaker of American English but have also published scientific articles in Australian, UK, and New Zealand English and proof all those dialects according to commercial, journal or university degree requirements and, for the UK, whether to Oxford or Cambridge specifications.

I specialize in ESL copy editing to some extent. The thesis and article submissions often go so quickly and result in such happy thanks.

I have copy edited theses and articles for journal submissions for clients from the University of Cairo, University of Alexandria, Qatar University, King Saud University, Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, other Middle Eastern universities, a very long list of European, American, Canadian and Australian universities, and have also had occasional work from Latin America and Asia.

We sleep 4am to noon like a lot of retired Egyptians so I am checking my email from late morning in Central Europe, through the business day in North America and into the morning working hours in Eastern Australia.

I've published about 45 scientific works of my own in the dialects mentioned previously, mostly in the US and Aus/NZ, and in certain continental European and UK publications.

I do large public health and epidemiology project copy editing such as the decennial Eritrean health survey, led by a Norwegian group, and a large Yemeni work on child health. I proof large corporation public relations works such as histories of companies for publication or their web sites.

I was at Australia's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) for seven years as a Research and Publications Officer in Emeritus Professor John C. Caldwell's Health Transition Centre (HTC, a health behaviors in poor countries unit) and was his anthropological research officer in the years that HIV was becoming a larger and larger issue, including the three years when he was President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

I have been one of the occasional copy editors for a sports medicine journal that seems to have several of us read issues front to back, working from authors' final submissions after acceptance for publication. I studied the life and hard sciences a bit as an undergraduate and have stayed in touch enough to copy edit a good bit of hard science by ESL authors which were on their way to publication (physics, pharmacy, and others).

Clients have included PhD and other students from all over the world, embassies, mining corporations, manufacturing enterprises, national public health units, and other sorts of ministries from around the Middle East and beyond.

I am open to middle sized and largish projects. I require reasonable deadlines.

PhD Linguistics (Polynesian language prehistory, The Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National U.), MA Linguistics (MalayoPolynesian languages, U. Hawaii at Manoa), MA Anthropology (Pacific Islands Linguistics and Prehistory, U. Iowa), BA Anthropology (African rural economies, U. Iowa).

Current Projects (retired): Working towards Beating Belgium with Breadfruit (introducing the world's best breadfruit trees [from Samoa, Rotuma, and Pohnpei] to the world's tropics [it produces dry weights of carbohydrate at a rate of about 10,000 kg/hectare while Belgium (the world's leader in the grains) produces slightly less]). You CAN have your ecoforest and eat it, too. And it is low tech and doesn't burn the soil with massive, expensive fertilizer inputs.


Typical Projects

Dissertations,  Theses,  Academic Articles, Government and Commercial Publications
in English by Non-Native Speakers
that I have Proofread or Copy Edited

I am now shifting my emphasis to psychiatric copy editing.
Pls click on this line to receive a copy of my first client's letter of recommendation based on my work on that large project

A corporation’s fire and emergency plan
A dental organization’s proclamation
A Middle East English language sports medicine journal’s issues
A national financial markets authority securities offering and listing of rules and regulations
A national food security programme study of vegetable and fruits offered at (name) central market
A naval officers training college’s manual of diplomatic etiquette
Al-Ahli audience marketing plan
An efficient hybrid data gathering algorithm based on multi-hop and mobile element in WSNs
An intelligent mobility prediction scheme for location-based service over cellular communications networks
Applying Sufi concepts on contemporary pattern design
Banking (advertising)
Biosorbent materials and handling of industrial waste
Block identification for online shopping
Budget narratives
Childhood health programmes master review document (a ministry of health)
Clinical effectiveness of independent non-medical prescribers in Type-2 diabetes care
Clothing manufacturers
Communication and marketing plan, football first team 2013-2014
Communications and advertising (ad agency clients)
Complex design and construction agreements
Complexity reduction techniques for  H.264 video coding
Computer engineering (PhD theses, several)
Construction engineering (specifications for a major new museum; others)
Cooperation protocols
Corporate financial reports including annul reports
Critique of the US community college system (a ministry of education)
Cross-national problems with new automobile guarantees
Customs service technological upgrades
Decennial Eritrean public health survey (including their Arabs)
Disposition of radioactive materials planning and permits
Economics (several theses; an analysis of American financial crisis: lessons for the Arabic world)
Embassy web sites final proofing (European nations in Egypt)
Environmental permits
Financial crisis in America and how it played out (ministry internal document on how it is affecting Middle East)
Firehouse art
Forex (a guide to Forex by an investment advisor’s group)
Geology (Isotope utilization for dating old riverbeds)
Good faith and marketing
Historic restoration documents
History (television translations of Arabic language materials into English)
Housing (government planning documents)
Human rights guides
National television interviews with people who were formerly enslaved
Islam online
Islamic materials (larger and smaller presentations of Islamic topics)
Legal guidelines on misuse of the Internet
Literature (novels, poetry)
Manufacturing machinery development (advertising)
Marketplace historic restoration planning
Mathematics (master theses)
Military facilities design requirements (warehouses, museum, officers’ quarters)
Mining corporation web site
Ministry of youth planning documents
Models of primary health care
National Day public events agenda
Non-disclosure agreements
Nutrition (public health pamphlets)
Open spaces in a national capital
Performance-based budgeting for a national health ministry
Petroleum refinement PR material
Purpose of study visa applications
Radioactive discharge of coal-burning electrical power plants
Real estate developer’s prospectus for investors (several for Egypt and SA)
Red Crescent documents, various
Religious freedom  (a govt’s document)
Religious minorities in Egypt
Revivalist Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab biography
Royal decrees
SCARECROW: Towards scalable automatic malware detection and reporting system utilizing crowd-sourcing
Security issues and equipment (airport finger/hand printing)
Sources and behaviour of mites in family dwellings
Stress experiences of international students
Study of the financial structuring for founding (nation) public joint stock company
The development of a benefits assessment model for the acquisition of electronic medical records
The diplomatic speeches of various ambassadors and ministers
The Qurán as a source of Islamic culture
The Syrian-Iran alliance
Theses and dissertations (BA honours, BS honours, MA, MS, MBA, PhD)
Transcriptions of boards of directors meetings
Tritium/Helium-3 dating of river infiltration: an example from the Oderbruch area, Berlin, Germany
University financial reports; various, annual
University internal accounting guidelines
Urban planning
Why health literacy matters
Wildlife documentation and preservation
Women in transition - Middle East
Zoological studies of Middle Eastern native species


My Own Publications etc.

Jeff Marck  "Research Associate" (Australia) ["Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer"]

PhD Polynesian language prehistory
(Australian National University - Institute of Advanced Studies - Department of Linguistics)
MA Pacific linguistics (University of Hawai'i at Manoa - Department of Linguistics)
MA Pacific prehistory (University of Iowa - Department of Anthropology)
BA African economies (University of Iowa - Department of Anthropology)

1991-1999    Department of Linguistics - Institute of Advanced Studies - Australian National University
1992-1999    Health Transition Centre - National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health - Australia
2006-2008    Department of Linguistics - Institute of Advanced Studies - Australian National University

List of Publications

Bender, Byron, Ward Goodenough, Frederick Jackson, Jeff Marck, Kenneth Rehg, Ho-min Sohn, Stephen Trussel, and Judith Wang

        2003a  Proto Micronesian Reconstructions: 1. Oceanic Linguistics 42(1):1-110. 

        2003b  Proto Micronesian Reconstructions: 2. Oceanic Linguistics 42(2):271-358. 

Caldwell, J.C., P. Caldwell, J. Anarfi, K. Awusabo-Asare, J. Ntozi, I.O. Orubuloye, J. Marck, W. Cosford, R. Colombo, and E. Hollings, eds.

            1999    Resistances to Behavioural Change to Reduce HIV/AIDS Infection in Predominantly Heterosexual Epidemics in Third WorldCountries. Canberra: Health Transition Centre, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian NationalUniversity

Caldwell, John C., Bruce Missingham, and Jeff Marck

            2001    Oceania. Conference on The History of World Population in the Second Millennium. Societā Italiana di Demografia Storica and International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). Florence. June 28-30, 2001. 

Hage, Per, and Jeff Marck

        2001    The marking of sex distinctions in Polynesian kinship terminologies. Oceanic Linguistics 40(1):156-166. 

        2002    Proto Micronesian kin terms, descent groups, and overnight voyaging. Oceanic Linguistics 41(1):159-170. 

        2003a  Matrilineality and the Melanesian origin of Polynesian Y-chromosomes. Current Anthropology 44(S):S121-S127.   

        2003b  Migration and Descent in Ancestral Oceanic and Ancestral Polynesian Society. Social Organization in Oceania Session.  Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2003b.

        2011    Proto Bantu descent groups. Kinship, Language, and Prehistory: Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies, pp. 75-78. Bojka  Milicic and Douglas Jones, eds. University of Utah Press. 

Jackson, Frederick H., and Jeffrey C. Marck

            1991    Carolinian-English Dictionary. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

Marck, Jeff

        1975a  A lexicostatistical model for Nuclear Micronesian origins, settlement, and post-colonization cultural interaction. Proceedings of the Central States Anthropological Society 1:1-22.  "Student Prize Paper" of the 1974 Annual Meetings of the Central States Anthropological Society, University of Chicago.

        1975b  The origin and dispersal of the Proto Nuclear Micronesians. M.A.thesis, University of Iowa.

        1986    Micronesian dialects and the overnight voyage. Journal of the Polynesian Society 95(2):253-258.  

        1991    Sixteen Nuclear Micronesian verbs. In Currents in Pacific Linguistics: Papers on Austronesian linguistics in honour of George W. Grace. R. Blust, ed. Pp. 223-239. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

        1994a  Deconstructing Polynesian religion and mythology. Deconstructing the Island Group, Conference of the Division of Pacific and Southeast Asian History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, December, Canberra, 1994a.

        1994b  Proto Micronesian terms for the physical environment. In Austronesian Terminologies: Continuity and change. A.K. Pawley and M. Ross, eds. Pp. 301-328. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

        1996a  Eastern Polynesian subgrouping today. In Oceanic Culture History: Essays in honour of Roger Green. J. Davidson, G. Irwin, F. Leach, A.
Pawley, and D. Brown, eds. Pp. 491-511. Wellington: New Zealand Journal of Archaeology.

        1996b   Was there an early Polynesian "Sky Father"? Journal of Pacific History 31(1):8-26.

        1996c  The first order anthropomorphic gods of Polynesia. Journal of the Polynesian Society 105(2):217-258.

        1996d  Kin terms in the Polynesian protolanguages. Oceanic Linguistics 35(2):195-257. 

        1996e  On Langdon's (1989) East Polynesian plant study. Te Reo 39:47-74.

        1996f  On the disintegration of a common language between Tonga and Samoa. Language, Archaeology and Culture History. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, 20-24 November, San Francisco; also: European Society of Oceanists, December, Copenhagen..

        1997a  Aspects of male circumcision in sub-equatorial African culture history. Health Transition Review 7(S1):337-360. 

        1997b  Review of McElroy and Townsend "Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective". Health Transition Review 7(1):110-111.

        1998    Review of Kaipat and Strong "Lieweila: A Micronesian story". Canberra Anthropology 21(1):120-121.

        1999a  India and truck drivers: It may well be too late. British Medical Journal Rapid Responses 19 January 1999. Comment on Rao, Pilli, Rao and Chalam "Sexual lifestyle of long distance lorry drivers in India: Questionaire survey. BMJ 318:162-3. 

        1999b  Long-distance truck driver sexual cultures and attempts to reduce HIV risk behaviours amongst them: a review of the African and Asian literature. In Resistances to Behavioural Change to Reduce HIV/AIDS Infection in Predominantly Heterosexual Epidemics in Third World Countries. J.C. Caldwell, P. Caldwell, J. Anarfi, K. Awusabo-Asare, J. Ntozi, I.O. Orubuloye, J. Marck, W. Cosford, R. Colombo, and E. Hollings, eds. Canberra: Health Transition Centre, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University. 

        1999c  Polynesian language and culture history. PhD thesis, Australian National University.

        1999d  Review of Hanlon "Remaking Micronesia". Canberra Anthropology.

        1999e  Revising Polynesian subgrouping and its culture history implications. In Archaeology and Language IV: Language change and cultural transformation. R. Blench and M. Spriggs, eds. Pp. 95-122. One World Archaeology, Volume 35. London: Routledge.

        2000a  Polynesian languages. In Facts About the World's Languages: An encyclopedia of the world's major languages, past and present. J. Garry and C. Rubino, eds. New York: H.W. Wilson. 

—        2000b  Topics in Polynesian Language and Culture History. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

        2002a  Comments on S.R. Fischer's 'Mangarevan doublets: preliminary evidence for Proto-Southeastern Polynesian'. Oceanic Linguistics 41(1):225-231. 

        2002b  On Shutler and Marck (1975). In Fifty Years in the Field: Essays in honour and celebration of Richard Shutler Jr's archaeological career. S. Bedford, D. Burley, and C. Sand, eds. Auckland: New Zealand Archaeological Association. 

        2002c  Review of "Hawaiki, Ancestral Polynesia" by Patrick Vinton Kirch and Roger C. Green. Hawaiian Journal of History 36:185-189.

        2006    In memoriam, Per Hage, 1935-2004. Oceanic Linguistics 45(2):491-496. 

        2008    Proto Oceanic society was matrilineal. Journal of the Polynesian Society 117(4):345-382

        2009   Some clan names of the Chuukic-speaking peoples of Micronesia. In Austronesian Historical Linguistics and Culture History: A festschrift for Robert Blust. A. Adelaar and A. Pawley, eds. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. 461-487. 

        2010    Proto Polynesian *kainanga '1. the populace of commoners; 2. matrilineal descent group'. In Studies in Honour of Andrew Pawley's 65th Birthday. J. Bowden, ed. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. 

        2010    Review of "The Genealogical Model Reconsidered", Sandra Bamford and James Leach (eds). Anthropos  105:612-613.

        2011    Review of "Fanti Kinship and the Analysis of Kinship Terminologies" by David B. Kronenfeld in Anthropos 106:685-687. 

        forthcoming-a    Proto Oceanic kin terms. In The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic 5: People and society. M. Ross and A. Pawley, eds. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

        forthcoming-b    Overview of native categories and verbs. In The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic 5: People and society. M. Ross and A. Pawley, eds. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Marck, Jeff, and Koen Bostoen

            2011    Proto Oceanic (Austronesian) and Proto East Bantu (Niger-Congo) kin terms ca. 1000 BC. Kinship, Language, and Prehistory: Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies, Bojka  Milicic and Douglas Jones, eds. University of Utah Press

Marck, Jeff, Per Hage, Koen Bostoen, and Jean-Georges Kamba Muzenga

            2011    Kin terms in the Bantu protolanguages: initial findings. Kinship, Language, and Prehistory: Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies, Bojka  Milicic and Douglas Jones, eds. University of Utah Press

Mukodzani, Lucious, Karen Mupemba and Jeff Marck

            1999    All roads lead to Harare: the response of the Zimbabwe transport industry to HIV/AIDS. In The Continuing African HIV/AIDS Epidemic, J.C. Caldwell, I.O. Orubuloye and J.P.M. Ntozi, Eds., Canberra: Health Transition Centre - National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. pp. 131-138. 

Shutler, Richard, Jr., and Jeffrey C. Marck

            1975    On the dispersal of the Austronesian horticulturalists. Archaeology and Physical Anthropology in Oceania 10(2):81-113




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