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Unsure About Hiring a Dissertation Editor?

Maybe you are searching for an dissertation editor because you’ve done some writing, but you need more feedback than you’re getting from your advisor. Or perhaps your advisor said you needed an editor, but wasn’t very specific about why, and you need an objective person to tell you the truth. Possibly you’re wondering if your writing makes sense, if your arguments are clear, or if your ideas are well organized. Or it could be that the research and writing part is enough stress without those pesky APA styling details. We can meet you wherever you’re at with your writing.

We can start working with you at any stage, but it’s really fun to start early, for example, with your proposal. Then we can take the whole journey with you; help you jump through every hoop. The following table explains some basics about what an academic editor can and cannot do for you. But, really, the best way to understand is to contact us for a free, no obligation, sample edit!

What an editor can't do.What an editor can do.
  • Design your research
  • Articulate your research questions
  • Write your introduction
  • Write your literature review
  • Write your methods
  • Write your results
  • In other words, editors do NO original writing
  • Comment on whether you have explained your research clearly
  • Comment if there is something missing in the description of your research (for example, if you haven't discussed how you found your participants)
  • Re-order sentences or paragraphs for better logic or flow
  • Comment on whether you have explained your research clearly
  • Write your sentences
  • Edit sentences (using MSWord's tracking function) for better flow
  • Comment or edit if a sentence doesn't make sense or is missing something
  • Correct misspellings, grammatical errors, insert or delete errant commas, vary your sentence structure
  • Write your paragraphs
  • Comment if the sentences in a paragraph do not fit or are not properly "bridged" from one to the next
  • Comment if the arrangement of your paragraphs is not logical
  • Move paragraphs around if a better arrangement would make for a more logical flow of information
  • Insert in-text citations
  • Comment if a citation is needed but missing
  • Correct formatting of in-text citations
  • Check in-text citations against reference list
  • Create a reference list
  • Make sure every in-text citation is included on your reference list, and that every reference item has been used in your document
  • Correct the formatting of reference items according to the style conventions you are required to use
We also make sure you are using your style conventions correctly, including:
  • Your margins are correct
  • The correct styles are applied to headings so MSWord will automatically generate a table of contents
  • Words are hyphenated (or not hyphenated) properly
  • You are not anthropomorphizing inanimate objects
  • The proper verb tenses are used in the appropriate places
  • Words are appropriately capitalized or not capitalized
  • And on, and on, and on...

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