Are you afraid of being labeled an ABD (All But Dissertation)? It terrifies so many PhD students when they reach this point in their doctoral program. They finish all their course requirements and the only step that stands between them and completing the program and obtaining their degree is finishing their dissertation. Many doctoral students consider this stage of their degree program to be a disadvantage point, where in reality this stage can be viewed as an advantage, a culmination point and ultimately a stepping stone into the world of scholarly research dissemination. If PhD students were race cars, the dissertation would be equivalent to the Indy 500: a strenuous, enduring race that requires discipline and puts all of your skills on the table. At the same time, much like the Indy 500—where just qualifying in the race alone is a milestone achievement—being accepted into a doctoral program is something to be recognized and respected, and ultimately celebrated and taken advantage of to the fullest level!
According to the Council of Graduate Schools, the completion rate ten years after students begin their doctoral program is only 56.6%. One of the most frequent comments from board members is that students fail to ensure that their dissertation has a high level of readability.
Some believe that many scholars don’t have the ability to edit their own work, which isn’t necessarily the case. However, very often they don’t have the time, or there could be a number of many other factors such as: the preferred language might not be their native language, or they are not proficient in stringent grammar and syntax rules, or they simply have difficulty finding someone who has editing abilities and can act as a second set of eyes to go over their dissertation with an objective viewpoint.
Seasoned academic editors can be a tremendous help to those who find themselves in one of the situations above. Professional editors can edit work quickly and accurately with their eye for detail, and will eliminate any inconsistencies, erroneous formatting, and of course, those pesky technical mistakes. In the case of eContent Pro, experienced copy editors will also make sure that they precisely follow the university’s guidelines—or any other necessary formatting or house style rules.
If your program didn’t provide Copy Editing 101, don’t feel cheated; that’s typical across the board. But, when your placement at a university or in any other career path is at stake, utilizing a professional editor will not only give you a sense of security, but it can also turn your almost-finished dissertation into an impressively polished text.
Indeed, handing your dissertation over to someone else can be nerve-racking and can also be a significant investment. However, no matter how much you think that presenting a flawless dissertation is the “status quo,” a well-written paper definitely gives you an edge. When board members review papers that have formatting mistakes or grammatical errors, it’s off-putting, distracting, and also comes off as carelessness. But the fact of the matter is that many PhD scholars are so intensely focused on their research that they tend to lose sight of these critical details. Consequently, some committee members will inevitably perceive these “oversights” as being suggestive that the student is negligent in other areas.
Presenting a dissertation free of easily avoidable errors affords dissertation evaluators the ability to focus on the quality and thoughtfulness of your research and content. The less time you spend painstakingly line editing your text, the faster you can have it under evaluation and accepted.