I classify three basic types of editing.
- copy editing
- content editing
- format editing
As a editing service, Language Online offers copy and content editing. Format editing is absorbed into a copy or content edit. Almost impossible to do it separately. Proofreading is for you and for your friends and family who might read for you. It is also forms a part of any copy or content edit.
But what do you need to do. First, get your content in place. This is actually what your advisor and advisory committee are for. They must work with your on content. Then pass your writing on to your academic editor to copy edit: refine and ensure all the language, punctuation, academics style, school style preferences, and formatting are correct and consistent. Content and how work is written are really not mutually exclusive, but if you are needing to separate the focus, start with content and then move to honing the writing detail.
Ironically, if there are problems with your content, the reverse is true. Some advisors actually want you to get the written part sorted out before they finalize the content with you. The reason is actually very simple.
Clear writing reveals problems with content.
Fuzzy writing, hides content problems.
So if you have the time and financial resources, have an academic editor edit before and after the input of your team.
The best way to ensure good writing and content is to involve your chosen academic editor step by step. Give each chapter to an editor and be sure to edit at the proposal and dissertation stage as well.
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