6 Things To Know About Dissertation Editing Process

If you don't edit your dissertation paper, it's highly likely that your teacher or instructor may take off points that more or less contribute to the grade that your paper may get. Some students that don't edit end up not getting a proper grade.

Editing may get tedious at some points, but it's ultimately the best way to improve your dissertation paper before you get a 'second set of eyes' to look it over one more time. If you're wondering about how you can start editing your dissertation paper on your own, we're going to talk a look at some steps that you can take to self edit before taking it to another editor.

Things to know about editing your dissertation

Editing snowballs in a way. It starts off small, and then the edits get progressively bigger until you incorporate the changes into your paper. Sometimes, editing doesn't get that extensive, and is only really needed for touching up well written papers. When you think about editing in that way, it's easy to understand how extensive the process can get.

  1. Minor edits for spelling are done to check for spelling errors—and, that's usually it. You should use this time to read over your dissertation to check for glaring spelling errors like typos that may have missed your eye the first time around.
  2. Minor edits like grammar checks are usually done to check the structure of a sentence, word usage and the like; this step catches all of the structural errors that a dissertation paper may have. In a way, it's the most important step, since it can eliminate minor issues that another editor may catch.
  3. Print out your dissertation paper. While it might seem like you're wasting paper, you're not. Printing out something to edit actually lets you actually look at the paper and see more errors that supposedly there when you saw it on the screen. You can also use that step to check for whether content in your dissertation really works or not.
  4. Check if the overall structure of your dissertation works, too. You want your introduction to remain concise and developed enough to be more than a statement. Use this time to check if your dissertation has the appropriate tone you want to convey to your reading audience.
  5. Check for any other structural or tonal issues, in addition to discrepancies in the information you may have provided. If you find any major issues, you may have to reevaluate and revise.
  6. You should also read your dissertation out loud to check for more issues that you may need to edit. Hearing how your dissertation sounds can help you understand what sections really work together and the section that don't work—right before you take the dissertation to a professional editor.