Thesis editing services
I am a university-preferred thesis editor. I understand how important your thesis or dissertation is to you. I know it represents many months or years of research and hard work. It may be the most important document you will produce in your academic career and your first academic publication. It is important that use a reputable, high-quality thesis editing service to ensure that your arguments are clear, consistent and logical and that your writing is well expressed and error free.
Copyediting and proofreading your own work is not only time consuming but also extremely difficult because of writer's blindness. Writer's blindness, sometimes called 'editing blindness', occurs when you have spent so long on a writing task that you become 'blind' to the errors and problems with your writing. You simply don't see the spelling errors, typos and grammar errors. You are so familiar with the material that, as you read, your brain corrects the errors. This is why it is important to invest in accredited, professional editing for your thesis or dissertation to ensure that it is professionally copyedited.
My thesis editing service includes all aspects of a copyedit. Copyediting includes editing the language to ensure the intended meaning is clear; editing the spelling, punctuation and grammar to ensure they are error free; and editing the style to ensure it is consistent and adheres to the chosen style guide.
I carry out all thesis editing in line with the Guidelines for editing research theses.
"I was in awe of Wendy's attention to detail and thrilled with her suggestions. Her changes to the text significantly improved the readability of the document and ensured that I presented my work and ideas in a way that was clear and concise. I believe, because of Wendy's services, I have submitted to the assessors the best version of my work possible."
My standard thesis editing service includes:
Appropriate use of language
Consistency of visual content
Appropriately formatted tables
Consistency of language
- between text and figures
- between table of contents and document
"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all your work on my thesis. Your insightful comments and attention to detail are phenomenal. You have certainly added to the quality of the overall document. I am so extremely grateful that you were able to fit me into your busy schedule. I really cannot thank you enough for all your work."
"Thanks so much for all your hard work, which has made my thesis neat, professional, consistent and clear."
Emily Auw, MBA, ACIS
DBA, University of South Australia
Editing tailored to your needs
My thesis editing service is not a one-size-fits-all service; I am happy to tailor my service to meet your needs. For example, you may not want your in-text citations and reference list edited, or perhaps you don't need your thesis formatted. If you're unsure about what your thesis needs in terms of editing and formatting, I can assess it for you and make recommendations.
What you will receive from me when I edit your thesis
When I edit your thesis, I will use Microsoft Word's Track Changes. Every change I make will be 'tracked', and any queries or comments that I raise will appear in small bubbles in the margin. It is essential that thesis editing is performed in such a way that you have final control over any changes.
I will return your copyedited thesis in the tracked-changes version, showing all changes and queries. This will give you, the author, complete control over the final version. You can then carefully go through the tracked changes, accepting or rejecting each individual change, reading my queries and comments in the margin, and choosing whether to take on board my suggestions. It is, after all, your work, not mine.
If your thesis has required an above-average number of corrections, I may recommend you return the document to me for a proofread after you have reviewed the changes and attended to my queries. This is because the author-review process can result in new errors, which I can quickly eliminate for you.
When I return your edited thesis to you, I will include an individualised style sheet that I will have created specifically for your thesis. My thesis editing service also includes a letter explaining the changes I have made to your thesis and personalised tips on how you can improve your writing for future projects.
Guidelines for editing research theses
There are clearly defined guidelines for thesis editing in Australia. Accredited editors should adhere to these guidelines, which are called the Guidelines for editing research theses. The guidelines were originally developed by the Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDOGS) collaboratively with the Council of Australian Societies of Editors in 2001.The guidelines were revised by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and approved by DDOGS on 12 November 2010.
The guidelines state that professional thesis editing should be restricted to copyediting and proofreading, which are covered in Part D (language and illustration) and Part E (Completeness and Consistency) of the Australian Standards for Editing Practice.
IPEd states that 'accredited editors have demonstrated their professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge by passing the IPEd accreditation exam'. By insisting on using an accredited editor, you can be confident that your editor is a professional who will know to observe the Guidelines for editing research theses. I have been an IPEd accredited editor since 2011.
To learn more about the Guidelines for editing research theses, including the student's responsibilities, see IPEd's Editing research theses.
"Wendy's help was invaluable to my completing an MA dissertation. Without her brilliant editing I am sure that I would still be struggling to convey with clarity, consistency and completeness what I have been researching for two years."
"I would like to thank Wendy for all her work in the editing of my thesis. I came to Wendy after a bad experience with another editor. Wendy was not only able to help me under a tight deadline, she did an exceptional job. Her edits where extremely thorough, and her style sheets where extremely helpful in terms of addressing grammatical issues within my writing, which I will be able to refer to for future work. Wendy was also extremely professional to work with and very kind. She made herself available for questions and answered them very quickly. Thank you for all your hard work, Wendy. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Wendy and will be using her for my PhD thesis edits in the future."
I would thoroughly recommend Wendy’s thesis editing service. To work with someone who was acutely aware of the specific technical requirements needing to be attended to when presenting one’s writing for examination and an understanding of the particular thesis protocols of particular university faculties provided great solace. I was able to submit my completed thesis confident it was professionally presented and correctly formatted to all specifications required because of Wendy’s expertise.
Master of Criminology (Research)
Testaments of transformation: The victim impact statement process in NSW as experienced by victims of crime and victim service professionals
School of Law, University of Sydney