Yes, and here's why.
Most post-graduate students balk at the idea of having their thesis or dissertation edited by a professional before final submission. Beyond flinching at the cost involved, they often think that a faculty member’s review will suffice.
As for the expense, a scholarly paper is an investment in the future. Post-graduate papers are stepping stones to career advancements and, hopefully, publishing credits. As for having another pair of eyes reviewing the work, I suggest that students ask their academic advisor if an editor is recommended. I already know what the advisor will say.
Every writer needs an editor*. Let me repeat: every writer needs an editor. (Notice I didn’t say every writer needs a friend or family member to proof his or her draft.) Professors and dissertation committee members are learned people, but they aren’t professional editors. I guarantee you they have their scholarly work edited prior to submission, and so should you.
You’ve nearly reached the finish line. Let an editor help you cross it like a winner!
So, once you’ve made the decision to hire an editor, here’s what you need to know.
And remember, it’s your paper, so you’re under no obligation to incorporate every edit. You hired the editor to give his or her expert advice. It’s up to you whether to follow any, some, or none of it.
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*I’ll be very surprised if this article gets posted without any typos or other errors, even after I’ve proofed it several times. Feel free to point out any you find to me in the comments section.
Anna Edmonds, The Author
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