Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Editing

Goal of any dissertation is to generate an authentic piece of research work on a given topic. A dissertation or thesis is usually to be the lengthy and most challenging piece of work a candidate can ever accomplish. It can, however, also be a very fruitful piece of work since the candidates is able to grab a topic of specific interest. While Writing a dissertation, an array of planning and research skills is demanded that will be of significant value in students’ career.

An editor must shield against the duplicitous practice of doctoring, fabricating, or hiding findings to alter the outcome of the research to alienate with predetermined research goals. One of the most important ethical considerations is the anonymity, and to a greater extent confidentiality, of the participants. Coding can do away with the personal identifiers, letting the participants to take care of their right to privacy. Owning authorship of the writings of others is unethical. Practicing the method of properly citing other authors eliminate the danger of committing plagiarism.

So let’s see what are the do’s and don’ts for the editor so that he can stick to the ethical practice of editing:


  1. Some students think that they can hurriedly go through their dissertation. However, cautious editing by perusing each and every line of text is very important. Understandably, students get bored of looking at their paper, so students should spare out the time, have some time to read it one more time.
  2. You can search good services at reasonable prices if you do your research. Some dissertation editors even tailor-made their services to suit your requirements. They can also make sure you are complying with university guidelines so you don’t have to face enraged committee members.
  3. Your decision to segment your dissertation and edit it depends on you. You may segment it into sections or chapters (generally, the smaller sections are easier to handle) or editorially segment it. Either way, ensure plenty of time between writing and editing the same segmented piece of work.


  1. A professional editor never edit while he writes, It’s easier said than done, but penning down your thoughts on paper should be your first task. While writing or typing up the material, you have the leverage to leave sentences and paras unedited.
  2. Don’t miss out on friends and relatives. Although they are not the seasoned editors, they can help figure out weird sentences and sum up any loose ends (e.g., double words, missed periods, etc.). Moreover, colleagues in the course with you will surely be updated about university guidelines, hence they will prove to be a great source of help.
  3. Going through bundles of pages can be tiresome, that too when you have already done numerous sessions of revisions on your part. Committee members probably do not read dissertations in one go, so why edit it all at once? Instead, try section by section or by topics within chapters. But, don’t chunk up the dissertation like the way you chunked editing revisions as you’ll be required to analyze how chapters and sections of the dissertation go together.

A professional editor never gets intimidated while editing the entire dissertation, but if you buy your time, concentrate on segmented information, and let others to help in the revision process, you’ll be more convinced and assured in the end.

Happy editing!

9 replies on “Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Editing”

  1. Ted says:

    Good Post. Quite Helpful.

  2. Jasmine says:

    How can you trust your work with an editor?

  3. Nathan Bracker says:

    Look out for the reviews about the editor. Read the testimonials or first try with submitting a sample of your work. See how that goes and then hire him or her.

  4. Om says:

    Thank you. Good information.

  5. Kelly says:

    Great Tips.

  6. Yogita Datta says:

    I can’t proofread my work once I have written it. So, I ask my husband to do it. I think that’s a definite ‘do’.

  7. Toman says:

    Don’t edit or proofread in go. Take breaks of at least a day or you might find no improvement

  8. Amy says:

    Very helpful. Surely using this for my next article.

  9. London says:

    Exactly. I would like to add just one more thing that edit your dissertation after staying away from it for a considerable period of time. It will refresh your mind before you resume the editing work of an extended dissertation.

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