Academic Editing

CMOS 17th and APA 7th
CMOS 17th and APA 7th

Why do you need an editor?

You’ve been working on your master’s or PhD for years, you’ve been writing and revising, and you’re nearly done. Your supervisor has likely read your chapters more than once, too. You’re familiar with your work, and that’s where having a new reader can help.

Whether you’re a native English speaker or English is your second, third, or fourth language, your thesis will benefit from a fresh pair of eyes. I can help pick out those fiddly bits of grammar and untangle wordy sentences. And I can help make sure your headings, tables, figures, and references are formatted correctly.

What’s involved?

My aim is to help you communicate your thesis or paper in a clear, logical way.

I ask for a sample of your work so we can both get an idea of what the project involves. The sample helps me work out my quote, and from the sample, you will see the type of changes and comments I make and whether we will be a good fit.

I use Word’s track changes feature and comment bubbles to make changes and suggestions so you can accept or reject as you like. I create a style guide built around your thesis to help you maintain consistency with spelling, punctuation, hyphenation, and formatting.

I can follow the style guide required by your department or journal. I am most familiar with APA 6th and 7th, CMOS 17, MLA 8th, and the New Zealand Law Style Guide, but if you are following a different guide, I will use that.

There are ethical guidelines I must follow when editing your thesis. Check out your university’s policy on third party editors and send me a link to it. If they don’t have one, I follow the guidelines set out by the Institute of Professional Editors.

Once I’ve sent your work back to you, we can discuss any comments or questions you may have.

Get in touch early

I know you are working to tight deadlines, so the earlier we start a conversation, the smoother the process will be.

I also recommend giving yourself as much time as possible between receiving my edits back and submitting your thesis. Going through the tracked changes can take quite a bit of time.

Let me know…

  • The word count for the body of your paper/thesis.
  • The due date you are working to.
  • Whether you want the references checked too, and if so, the word count.
  • What style guide your department follows. For example, APA 7th, MLA.
  • Whether I should follow UK, NZ, or US spelling.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing the proofreading for my master’s dissertation! I thought I’d let you know that it passed without the need for any corrections and I got an A for it, so I am graduating in a few weeks with distinction!

Sarah Bush, University of Otago master’s dissertation