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Is your academic manuscript ready for polishing?


Manuscript Spa helps prepare scholarly books and articles for publication.
Services: research, editing, document and citation formatting, indexing, and more.


Your scholarship is important.  Manuscript Spa will give it the care it deserves.



Introduction to Manuscript Spa (video, 1:48):


Welcome to Manuscript Spa

Manuscript Spa provides polishing and care to prepare scholarly books and journal articles for publication.  Services include research, editing, proofreading, creating and formatting citations (Bluebook, Chicago, APA, MLA), document formatting, and indexing.


Manuscript Spa's principal, Jennifer Allison, brings more than 20 years of experience as a technical writer and an academic law librarian to this work.  Most recently, she served as a Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law at the Harvard Law School Library from 2012 to 2022. 


In addition to being thorough, efficient, and intellectually curious, Jennifer provides a deep level of compassion and care in her work with scholars across disciplines.  Jennifer is also especially skilled at supporting authors whose native language is not English. 

Manuscript Spa Services



My rates are reasonable and will vary depend on what kind of work you want me to do and how quickly you need it. 

I accept many payment methods: credit cards, checks, Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, and Revolut.  I can also accept transfers to a German bank account in Euros. 


I am happy to register in a university vendor program if necessary.


Any way you have to pay, I'll do my best to make it work!

I would love to hear about your project and discuss how I might be able to help. Email me at


"What a total privilege it is to work with you! I have such confidence in your work and you made it so easy for us.
You bring a special set of skills and sensibilities to this work.
We see how hard you worked on this and how much improved our manuscript is because of your care."


- Professor Bridget Crawford, Pace Law School
(Note: Bridget is a Manuscript Spa repeat customer!)


"Jennifer, you are a gift.  Thank you so much for your work."

- Dean Franita Tolson, USC Gould School of Law

About Jennifer

Jennifer Allison, J.D., M.L.I.S., LL.M is the principal of Manuscript Spa.  


After graduating with her B.A. in English and German from Pacific Lutheran University, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to work in Germany as an English-language teaching assistant at a high school. 


Following her Fulbright year, she worked as a technical writer for many years in the software industry before transitioning to a career in the law. 


In 2007, Jennifer earned her J.D. from Pepperdine Law School, was admitted to the California Bar, and began working as a law librarian at the Pepperdine Law School Library. 


She earned her M.L.I.S. at San Jose State University in 2010. 


In 2012, Jennifer accepted a position as a librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FCIL) at the Harvard Law School Library.  She worked at Harvard until 2022.   


While at Harvard, Jennifer took a one-year leave of absence in 2017-18 to teach Legal English and substantive U.S. law classes at the law faculty of the University of Würzburg in Germany, where she also earned an LL.M., magna cum laude, in German law.  She returns to Germany to teach at the law faculty as visiting lecturer twice a year.


Jennifer has many scholarly interests and has published in a number of areas, including critical legal studies and comparative law.


In addition to the work she does as the principal of Manuscript Spa, Jennifer is also available for these projects: 


  • German-to-English translation.

  • In-person and online legal research instruction, including creating teaching materials and instructional videos.


Funny Story...

I promise I picked the name "Manuscript Spa" for my company BEFORE I read this article:


Maybe some day I will expand this business to include writing retreats!


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