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University rules state that students should submit only a flawless dissertation. And only professional dissertation editors can correct a paper perfectly to make it impeccable. Professional editors are experienced people with expertise in the job. Let us see how they do it.
The work of the dissertation writers are not at all simple because editing and proofreading are the critical and final stages of any academic paper. If there is even the smallest error, it can result in poor grades. Hence, they are cautious with this. But before they start with the corrections, they always go through the paper thoroughly, understand the essence of the content in the text and then begin the process.
You must understand that editing and proofreading are different tasks. Editing the dissertations start right after the first draft is made. Proofreading is done to check the errors in the text.
The things that editors check in the content when they are editing the paper.
· Must flow logically from one paragraph to another
· Must form a meaningful whole
· Must be consistent and concise
· Must be clearly expressed to make the paper readable
· Must have accurate information and data
· Must have a professional tone
· Must be coherent
· Must address the questions of the readers
· Must be clear in stating the purpose of the dissertation
There are also few other things that editors check.
· The paragraphs must be united through one single idea
· The text must be free from all clichés, slangs, jargons etc.
· The evidence must have backup statements
· The introduction must clearly let the readers know what the study is about
· The conclusion must neatly summarize the research and its results
· The text must be relevant and always support the topic
The primary purpose of proofreading is to correct
· Spelling mistakes
· Grammatical errors
· Typing mistakes
· Punctuation mistakes
· Language errors
· Styling errors
· Formatting errors
· Last check for anything missing in the editing stage
The other things that editors check are:
· Tense agreement: Most of the times the past, present and future tense get mixed up in the text
· Misuse of apostrophe’s: This is one common error that happens while writing
· Subject and verb agreement: The error occurs when single subjects get confused with plural verbs
· Confusion in similar words: Some words sound similar but have different meanings
· Pronoun and case agreement: The subject and object of a sentence get confused
Below is a list of errors which editors also check when they are proofreading a paper:
· Presence of double spaces between characters
· Presence of incorrect or missing title, captions, headings, etc.
· Presence of misaligned rows or columns in a table, margins etc.
· Presence of incorrect text references, fonts or font sizes, capitalization, trademarks, dates,
· Presence of inconsistent bullet formatting
· Presence of footnotes or endnotes that does not match references
· Presence of wrong interchanges between small words like: of/off/on, and/an/as, or it/is/if
· Presence of missing numbers in a numbered sequence/list
· Presence of inconsistent use of abbreviations