Academic Translations for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
What We Do2018-10-05T13:25:42+00:00

WHAT WE DO

We offer translation, editing and proofreading

Translation

There is a gap between words and the reality they attempt to describe— otherwise all statements would be true. Through speaking and writing, we cross this gap all the time. However, as translators we face a dual challenge: we must make the same crossing twice—entering the world through the portal of a source text, then bringing back what we find there across the threshold of another language.

In our fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences, where there is seldom a clear-cut correspondence between the source text and the world it describes, the truth clings tenaciously to the language that embodies it. Violence must be the translator’s first recourse—a violence that has a single victim: the original text, which has to surrender its exclusive hold upon the truth.

Editing

What survives is the argument in all its cogency and integrity. And its truth now animates another being: a new living text. This wresting of the truth from a language and binding it within another is arduous; a translator may turn aside too soon, overlooking imperfections in the body of this vibrant new creature. But the editor’s gaze must not waver.

Proofreading

Now a new individual inhabits the scholarly discourse of the translator’s native language. It walks with assurance, with a spring in its step; but perhaps a button is missing, a shoelace untied…

Our Procedure

We look at your document, and on the same day, provide you with a free quote.

If you accept the quote, we begin work by assigning the job to a translator who specializes in the corresponding field.

In the course of the work, the translator will ask the editor in chief about any queries or uncertainties that may arise. Should the editor in chief have any doubts about such queries, he will consult you in order to arrive at total clarity.

The document is then passed to an editor, who will compare the translation with the source text, ensure its linguistic quality and check all quotes and citations.

Finally, the entire document is reviewed by a proofreader before being delivered to you.

Our service includes a comprehensive follow-up. We do not consider a translation to be complete until you are entirely happy with its accuracy and readability.

We shall, according to your instructions, follow Harvard/Oxford referencing, the Chicago Manual of Style, or your own style guide.

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Merci infiniment pour cette excellente traduction.

Marie Scot
Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris and a researcher at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po (Sciences Po History Center, CHSP)