The Fundamentals Of Editing A Dissertation: A Guide For Dummies

Students may consider using a professional editor in formulating their paper for submission, but, it is also essential for them to obtain permission from their advisor prior doing so and it is a must to provide proof of that permission to the editor. In the same way, it is a must to provide the editor with a copy of the guidelines prior starting the task.

It is worthy of note that professional editors have to be clear in terms of the nature and extent of services they provide when editing dissertations. More than that, the academic advisors of the students who work on valuable research have to be clear when it comes to the role of professional editor as well as regarding their very own editorial role. Lastly, students have to clear about the limits and the scope of services they may expect from a professional editor.

The fundamentals of proofreading and editing dissertations and theses:

Typically, academic advisors provide their students with editorial advice when it comes to structure and substance, the use of tables and illustrations and of course the language used. Furthermore, they also aid in proofreading and copyediting.

Please be guided that professional editorial intervention must be limited to proofreading and copyediting. Meanwhile, when it comes to structure and substance, the professional editor may focus on issues, but, must not provide solutions. Instances may be provided to lead the student in resolving issues.

The material for proofreading must be handed to the editor as hard or electronic copy. If the thesis is to be revised onscreen, the student and editor have to settle on the process by which the student will review each proposed change prior approving it.

Paying the editor

There are some students who may receive grants from their schools to aid support the cost of having a thesis edited. It is valuable to consider that a student must not expect that this grant is meant to cover the entire cost of revisions.

In line with this, the cost of revising academic work will hinge on an array of factors such as the level of referencing included, the quality of the material handed in for revisions and the editor’s experience.

Why it matters to acknowledge the contribution of the editor?

When a proposition has had the advantage of professional editorial advice, in any way, the editor’s name as well as concise editorial description of the service provided, in relation to the standards, must be printed as component of the list of acknowledgments or other introductory matters.

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