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All you need to know about PhD Proofreading

Doctor of Philosophy abbreviated as PhD is the one of the highest honours conferred by an university that you can achieve only after doing years of research and publishing the thesis required to earn the degree. Writing your research papers and publishing it is the preliminary criteria for winning this prestigious degree in any discipline. But the important fact is that the research paper, submitted by you for evaluation, must be original and of the highest possible standard and in most of the cases it should be something capable of contributing significantly to the discipline in which you want the PhD.So PhD proofreading is essential before submission at university or college.

So you have to write an original research paper which will represent the findings of your year old research in such a way that the evaluators are satisfied about the originality as well as the significance of the contribution made by you to a particular discipline. It’s quite obvious that you know this deal and you also know how important is the presentation style with error free language in a simple and concise format reflecting your command on the language in which you are writing the research paper apart from its content.


Usually a student aspiring for PhD could divide his thesis writing into two parts clearly distinguishable from each other. One is of course putting together the research work on the paper with all its requisite requirements and the other is the writing the research in an error free manner to convey the message contained in the paper in a clear, error free and well formatted manner.

For the next part it is strongly recommended that your research paper should be proofread before submitting it so as to take care of various aspects of your thesis and to rectify the mistakes if there is any. However if the proofreading service is entrusted with the professional proofreaders, it should be remembered, that the proofreading work by the professional proof-reader should not amount to the re-writing of the paper.

Before resorting to proofreading services you have to decide on what aspects of your thesis should be covered by the proofreading. To do this the best option is to discuss the way of proofreading with a some reputed and professional proofreaders or proofread service providers who has expertise in your field and has a considerable proofreading experience.

In general the PhD proofreading service should cover the following areas of your research paper:

a)      For copyediting, spelling, grammar, punctuation, construction of sentences, consistency in using tense and the agreement in the usage of subject and verb.

b)      Whether the visual content regarding the typography, heading hierarchy, page layout, figures, tables as well as list of contents are perfect.

c)      For content editing check whether the thesis is specific clear and the content is perfect. The logic of the arguments as well as the validity of the arguments made and whether the arguments and evidences are consistent with your thesis statement.

d)      Whether the paragraphs are constructed properly and whether the introduction, executive summary, discussion part, conclusion and referencing have been done properly.

Here one very important thing should be remembered that proofreading by a professional proof-reader should be the strictly restricted to cleaning activities only. It should not amount to changing the subject matter of the thesis even in the slightest way. In other words the originality of the thesis should not be compromised in order to augment the standard of the thesis. However, the thesis must be checked for plagiarism and if there is any the proof-reader should better be instructed to let it know the write of the thesis who will then be undertaking to re-write the plagiarised part on his own so as to make the work unique and free from any plagiarism. In fact many instances have been found that the proofreading work of various theses has ultimately amounted to the re-writing in order to enrich the thesis by the proofreader who has expertise in the discipline to which the thesis belongs. The basic objective of the professional proofreading is simply to set the guidelines as to the presentation of the thesis as well as to making the thesis free from any linguistic errors as well as from any structural and formatting errors.

To build the trust of the examiners of your thesis, it is better to acknowledge the assistance received by you from any external proofreading service provider. This practice will definitely help you to build the trust of the evaluators of your thesis and will provide your thesis a much sought after transparency which ultimately will help you a lot to win your PhD.