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Am I allowed to have an editor help me with my thesis/dissertation? Editors Canada (formerly, Editors Association of Canada) has strict ethical guidelines about what the editor can and cannot do for the thesis or dissertation writer. It should be obvious that if one is getting a Masters or Doctorate, it cannot be for work someone else did for them. The institution granting the degree is not only certifying that student is now qualified to undertake and complete research at the Masters or Doctoral level, but that the graduate is also competent in the language of instruction at that level. Essential Edits adheres to EC ethical guidelines.
Occasionally, where a supervisor sees a need for improved written expression but is not comfortable with providing that instruction themselves, they may seek the assistance of the Senior Academic Editor at Essential Edits to provide specific tutoring as part of the student's learning process. Such tutoring consists of identifying strengths and weaknesses in the student's writing to help the student develop the metaskills necessary for rapid improvement. Here the emphasis goes beyond editing the current manuscript to providing coaching for life-long improvement in written communication. Because the Senior Academic editor has over twenty-five years experience as a researcher and thesis supervisor, he is able to provide ethical substantive input concerning written expression as if he were member of the thesis committee. This can only occur with the knowledge and approval of the thesis supervisor and the thesis committee; that is, the student must sign a contract, and obtain the supervisor's signature on the appropriate forms provided by Essential Edits.JenEric Designs as a reliable and inexpensive typesetting provider.
Essential Edits will not undertake to write papers for students.
New faculty may need support in writing clearly, succinctly, and precisely. Journal articles in particular require the ability to condense a great deal of information into severely restrictive word limits, and all research publication requires precise use of language. New and ESL faculty may benefit from editing before submitting their work for publication, so that referees can focus on the content of the research and not be distracted by issues with the article's written expressions.
Further, Dr. Runté can help with course design, getting the most out of course outlines, lesson planning, designing authentic assessments, and test construction. Nervous about starting teaching or having trouble with course evaluations? Dr. Runté can likely help.
Textbooks If you are publishing a textbook, one would normally expect editorial assistance from the publisher; if you wish to self-publish a textbook, however, you need to fulfil the role normally filled by the publisher, which includes arranging for professional editing and/or the development of a (self-)testbank and other support materials.
Assessment Design Further, Dr. Runté is an assessment expert and can assist with course outlines, authentic assessments, test construction and other measures that may improve student feedback on course evaluations.
Everyone needs a second pair of eyes to identify passages which may be unclear, imprecise, unnecessarily wordy, or otherwise flawed. Passages that may seem perfectly clear to the author, who knows what the passage was intended to say, may be less clear to the reader. If one is hoping to take one's book or novel to a traditional publisher, Essential Edits can provide something authors cannot do for themselves: see the manuscript through the eyes of an editor. If one intends to self-publish, then one should ensure the manuscript is ready by having it professionally appraised.
If one is writing a thesis or dissertation, one's supervisor and/or committee provide quality control, but one may still wish to engage an editor to identify those tiny mistakes that are invisible to the author: doubled "the the"s for example, or minor typos, or that one still has the citation for Harold Garfinkle in one's references even though one has cut the paragraph that referred to Harold Garfinkle in the text (and the reference therefore has to go). These sorts of errors are both trivial and inevitable, so although it is important to identify and eliminate these annoying blips, they are not considered significant and can be delegated to a professional proofreader or copy editor. In my own case, for example, after carefully proofreading every line of my Master's thesis to ensure it was perfect, I hired a professional proofreader who found hundreds of additional typos. I was shocked at how many tiny little errors had crept past my meticulous review (and that of my supervisor and committee) but it is almost impossible for authors to catch their own typos or formatting errors.
Download the free Essential Edits guide, Writing Strategies for Theses and Dissertations in Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Business to understand why writing a thesis or dissertation is so difficult, and suggestions that might help.
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Essential Edits can give you an objective appraisal of the commercial potential of your novel or book; in fact, we insist on doing a sample edit before taking your contract. If there is little or no chance of your book earning back your investment in editing, Essential Edits will tell you.
Some clients choose to go ahead with editing anyway for reasons of self-fulfillment; to produce a book they can be proud of to distribute to family or friends; to write for a niche market they know is not large enough to be commercial, but is nevertheless important; or because they view the editing process as a personalized writing course (in which the instructor uses their own practice novel as the example), in the hopes of honing their writing skills for future projects.
Essential Edits can make your book better; we cannot make a publisher or consumers buy it.
Last updated May 12, 2017.