Many students struggle with the dilemma of whether or not to hire an outside dissertation editor. There are a variety of reasons for doctoral candidates to choose to hire an editor. Perhaps it is because their chair suggested it, or they are struggling with writing in an academic voice. No matter the reason behind it, it can prove to be very helpful, and it can greatly accelerate the process of completing your dissertation.
Aligning theoretical framework, gathering articles, synthesizing gaps, articulating a clear methodology and data plan, and writing about the theoretical and practical implications of your research are part of our comprehensive dissertation editing services.
If you are thinking about hiring a dissertation editor, be sure to get the right one for you. When beginning your search, you will find that are quite a few options out there. And if you start asking around, you will find that everyone seems to know someone who “is super smart and could take a look at your document for you.” While this is all well and good, take the time to do your research because a good editor is not cheap, and you are going to want to be sure to get what you pay for. There are quite a few things, however, that you are going to want to consider since not all editing companies are created equal.
Are they backed by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
Are the reviews you read positive?
Do they offer other services?
Can you talk to a live person?
Do they have an academic integrity clause?
If you answer “no” to any of the above questions, move on and keep looking. The option to speak to a live person is most important to many students, especially when pursuing a degree at a distance. While the scheduling of an online degree is convenient, you may find yourself struggling with not having the option to sit down and talk to a real person. Many chairs and mentors are very busy and prefer to communicate via email only. This can be a real struggle for some, as so much can be lost in the translation of an email or Word comment.
However, the last question may be the most important. An academic integrity clause is going to ensure that any edits they make or content that they add is unique (meaning that the material came from you, so you are able to maintain the academic integrity agreement that you have with your school). An academic integrity clause will also ensure that your editor is keeping you honest. Many papers are not run for similarity until they are very far along, which will set you very far back if you have a full proposal that needs to be rewritten due to a high similarity percentage.
There are a lot of options out there, so be sure to approach choosing an editor in the same way that you approached choosing your school. Make sure that they are reputable, and most importantly, really assist you with achieving your goals.