You and Your Doctoral or Thesis Writing Team: Part 9

Still focusing on you and your editor.


Whatever you do, give your best effort to an editor. If you send careless work, the editor will always be dealing with the first layer of the onion or the first rung of the ladder. The idea of using an editor is to raise the bar and improve the level of your work.

A few steps before you use an academic editor:

  1. Get friends and family you trust  with reasonable language skills to read your dissertation or thesis. Make sure people edit with tracking on. You must know what changes are being suggested.
  2. Incorporate any suggestions from your advisor and advisory committee.
  3. Then self-edit as many times as you can. Do you know anything about self-editing or proofreading? You owe it to yourself to learn some basic tips. Download your own handy copy of the Language Online 21 Proofreading Tips. Be sure to keep a printed copy next to your computer.

Now you can send to an academic editor. Be prepared to pay a reasonable fee and wait a reasonable amount of time for the edit. You want excellence; give the person the space to provide you with excellence.

Quite simply, provide your best first and then use a good editor: the perfect formula for success.

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