1. Substantive Developmental Editing
The most intensive form of editing is substantive editing. The document is evaluated as a whole and problems of structure, organization, coherence, and logical consistency are corrected. Sentences may be removed or added. Paragraphs may be rewritten, condensed, or expanded. Blocks of text may be moved from one section to another. Substantive editing includes one revision at no additional charge. Turnaround time must be negotiated.
2. Copy Editing
The editor corrects problems of grammar, style, repetition, word usage, and jargon. Copy editing includes one revision at no additional charge. Turnaround time for copy editing typically is three business days.
3. Proof Reading
Proofreading is the lightest form of editing. Minor errors are corrected. Minor errors include:
- errors of grammar and style (e.g., verb tense, units such as ml, use of numerals and words such as “5” or “five”)
- errors of capitalization, punctuation (e.g., the use of commas, semicolons, colons, periods, dashes, apostrophes)
- errors of spelling and word usage (e.g., to/too, affect/effect)
Turnaround time for proofreading typically is two business days.
4. Dissertation Formatting
The editor will amend document text to ensure that it complies with the required format, such as the format required by a specific program. Turnaround time can be negotiated.
5. APA Formatting
Literature citations are checked to ensure that each citation that appears in the text is also included in the list of citations. Citations are also checked to ensure that each citation that appears in the list of citations also appears in the text. The format of the citations is corrected so that it conforms with requirements, such as the style preferred by a specific journal.
From Dr. Vanessa Claus:
My Unique Approach
I am a Type A personality, to a fault. While being a perfectionist has its disadvantages, it has certainly benefited the many students I have worked with throughout the years. As mentioned by one of my students, “Dr. Claus finds issues that have gone overlooked by hundreds of people.” I ensure that the work provided to my clients is detailed, accurate, and most importantly will aid in client growth from a writing, academic, and professional standpoint. Furthermore, in addition to reading through your document many times, I also use various programs to ensure that the components of academic writing, scholarly voice, and formatting consistency are applied and are of the highest caliber. Considering the monetary and time investment that you have made in your educational journey, I take great care to assure that your work is the best it can be.
During my undergraduate and master’s programs, I worked alongside many faculty members and was able to publish in various conference proceedings. I graduated from Texas A&M University with under three years, which was a feat that many said was impossible. Throughout my doctoral journey, I used a number of resources to aid in my success and achievement. Besides learning a great deal from world-renowned academics, I also studied and utilized tips and techniques found in 50+ dissertation books and guides, which aided in expediting my rapid completion of my and have proven to be successful when utilized and applied by my students. Whether I am editing, proofreading, or formatting your work, or coaching/guiding you to reach your goal, I approach the educational process in a manner that not only makes but aids in the timely completion of your journey.
While my fee may be slightly higher than other editors and coaches, I hold a and have been a Dissertation Chair and committee Subject Matter Expert for many years. I have achieved academic success, in a quick timeframe, thereby allowing me to successfully guide many students to the finish line (i.e., the completion of their advanced academic journey). My knowledge of academic writing, ability to convey information using scholarly voice, strong research abilities, formatting expertise, in-depth understanding of thesis/dissertation components, etc. will help you to achieve your goals!
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