Mrs Philippa May

SoundProofs Freelance Proofreading
Membership Grade
Advanced Professional Member

About Philippa


I offer a professional medical and music proofreading service, and have many years’ practical experience in my specialist areas. I am happy to be considered for other subjects, but specialise in scientific, technical and medical (STM) texts, as well as academic music titles. I take pride in producing work of a consistently high standard, complying with the specification and adhering to deadlines.


  • Medicine
    • obstetrics and gynaecology, fetal medicine, reproductive technology/fertility
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Midwifery, pregnancy and childbirth
  • Women's issues
  • Nursing
  • Clinical education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health and social care
  • Music (academic titles)


Freelance since 2008


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc Midwifery Studies (First Class with honours)
  • Diploma in Adult Nursing
  • Teaching in Clinical Practice

Recent clients

  • World Health Organization
  • Wiley
  • Diabetologia
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • SAGE Publications
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Class Professional
  • College of Podiatry


  • Getting to grips with grammar and punctuation (CIEP, 2021)
  • Medical editing (CIEP, 2020)
  • Practical mark-up of PDFs (SfEP, 2017)
  • Editing in Word (SfEP, 2017)
  • Advanced proofreading (PTC, 2013)
  • Copy-editing by distance learning, merit (PTC, 2012)
  • On-screen editing (SfEP, 2009)
  • Basic proofreading by distance learning (PTC, 2007)


  • Reference and text books, multi-author books
  • Educational material
  • Professional journals
  • Reports
  • Guidelines

Specialised software

  • PaperlessProofs


Philippa May of Soundproofs has been proofreading for Diabetologia (impact factor 7.113) since June 2017. Pip works to tight deadlines and is meticulous and reliable, with excellent attention to detail. She often picks up errors that copyeditors have overlooked, suggesting author queries where appropriate and acting as a safety net, so we are confident that our papers have received a stringent check before they are published. She rapidly built up a very good personal relationship with us and we enjoy our contact with her.


Philippa May has recently worked on a large, multi-contributory book for us. This was a large and quite complex project on a tight schedule. Philippa’s communication made a difficult project much smoother, and the project was delivered on time and to a high standard. We look forward to working together on future projects!

Cambridge University Press

Philippa is always a joy to work with! She is reliable, organised, and communicative and I have always been happy with her work. But, most importantly, I regularly receive great feedback on her work from our authors and editors. Thank you Philippa for making my job easier!

Sage Publications

We have been using Philippa May as a proofreader on our magazine since September 2016.

Philippa is one of the best proofreaders we have ever worked with. Her work is highly accurate with great attention to detail, and in addition to proofreading our magazine each month, she provides extensive notes where there are queries.

Her work is always on time, and when she is unable to proofread, for example if she is on holiday, Philippa always gives plenty of notice so there is time for us to make alternative arrangements.

She is always helpful and pleasant to deal with, and I would recommend her without hesitation.

Podiatry Now, College of Podiatry

Disclaimer note

The CIEP Directory of Editorial Services should be considered a point of first contact and prospective clients must satisfy themselves that members are capable of the work on offer. The Institute cannot be held responsible for the quality of work provided by any member listed in the directory. The members themselves are responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of their entries in the Directory and the CIEP has not made any attempt to vet them. The institute cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the Directory. Inclusion in the Directory as a freelance does not necessarily mean that the member is self-employed as defined by HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.


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