Your Research, Perfectly Edited. 

Get your dissertation or thesis meticulously edited and proofread by PhD-qualified former dissertation supervisors who understand exactly what markers want.

~ Meticulous editing by PhD-qualified English specialists
~ Comprehensive plagiarism checking reporting
~ 100% confidentiality and privacy guaranteed
~ Delivery in as little as 48 hours

The Grad Coach Editing Difference

Editors and proofreaders are a dime a dozen, and there’s always someone who can do it cheaper.
Here’s what makes Grad Coach’s editing and proofreading service different.

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Academic Writing Specialists

We specialise in, and focus exclusively on, academic writing – which is very different from other types of writing.

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Former Research Supervisors

Our editors are PhD-qualified former thesis supervisors, so they know exactly what markers are looking for. 

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Full Plagiarism Reporting

In addition to a full edit and proofread, we also provide you with a detailed plagiarism report, free of charge.

Dissertation & Thesis Graphic Design

Free Framework
Graphic Design

If your research includes a conceptual or theoretical framework, we’ll professionally design this for you.

What We Cover In Every Edit

We take care of both editing and proofreading, including the following:

  • Fix typos, misspellings, punctuation issues and ensure consistency of your spelling (UK or US).
  • Undertake light rewriting of poorly presented sentences to improve readability and ease of understanding. If substantial rewriting is required, we provide suggestions for improvement.
  • Highlight areas where clarification and additional explanation is needed.
  • Ensure that your in-text references are in the correct style* and are included in the end-text references.
  • Ensure that your reference list is in the correct format*.
  • Highlight areas where additional references are needed (e.g. sweeping statements/unfounded arguments).
  • Generate the table of contents page, list of figures and tables.
  • Ensure consistent style figure and table captions.
  • Insert captions where we are able to or highlight areas where captions are needed.
  • Ensure consistency of heading levels and styles.
  • Ensure correct page numbering (e.g. roman numerals for pre-matter).
  • Ensure that your format/page layout is in line with your institute’s requirements*

* You will need to provide us with your institution’s requirements for these points.

What You Get

When you have your dissertation or thesis edited by Grad Coach, you’ll receive the following: 

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Clean Final Document

You’ll receive a clean, finalised version of your document, fully edited and proofread, which you can use “as is” (if you’re happy with it).

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Comments & Suggestions

You’ll also get a second version with all proposed changes tracked, as well as our comments and suggestions to improve your writing further.

plagiarism report

Detailed Plagiarism Report

You’ll get a separate detailed report that highlights all potential plagiarism issues, which you can review and integrate (if needed).

visual design

Framework 
Visual Design

If your research includes a conceptual or theoretical framework, we’ll design a quality visual to give your work a professional look.

If your university requires you to submit a certificate of editing, we can provide this free of charge.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most popular editing-related questions we get asked.

Editing & Proofreading

How do you edit and proofread?

Our editing and proofreading process is 100% manual - in other words, it's handled by a team of highly qualified human editors, not machines. We don't use any automation software or tools as nothing can beat the quality and accuracy of human editing.

Our editing team consists of a diverse mix of Doctoral and Masters-qualified language specialists. The team is managed by Dr Eunice Rautenbach, who holds both a Masters and Doctoral degree in language practice. All team members have extensive academic editing experience, are native English speakers (from the US, UK and SA) and have worked on numerous dissertations, theses and research projects.

Can I see an example/sample of your editing?

Certainly. You can download a sample editing and proofreading project here.

Will you sort out my references and citations?

Yes. As part of the editing process, we will ensure that your references and citations are in the correct format (e.g. Harvard, APA, etc) as per your university's requirements (you'll need to advise us what these are).

However, keep in mind that that we can't fill in incomplete references or find the relevant sources for you (as it's impossible for us to know which sources you've referenced). We also cannot check whether the references you have are accurate or suitable for the arguments you make in your writing.

Can you fix/build my table of contents?

Yes, we can create a table of contents based on the headings and subheadings throughout your dissertation or thesis. This table of contents will include the respective page number for each heading or subheading.

Can you lower my word count?

Yes - as part of the editing process, we will edit your work for concision. However, we cannot guarantee a specific word count or percentage reduction as this would risk cutting out important content.

Can you check my work for plagiarism?

Yes - we include a detailed plagiarism report with every editing and proofreading project. However, please keep in mind that universities use a variety of plagiarism checking services. Therefore, if your university provides you with a plagiarism checking facility (as they often do), you should double-check your score on that system.

How long does the editing and proofreading process take?

It depends on the length of the document, the overall quality of the writing (i.e. the number of issues to be resolved) and our project load at the time of submission.

Generally speaking, we can complete a standard dissertation/thesis of 20,000 words within 2-3 days, but this varies depending on the factors above. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you pre-book your editing with us for a specific date. For pre-booked projects, we can provide a guaranteed timeline which is generally shorter than that of "walk-in" projects. Please email us to pre-book your project.

Can you provide a certificate of editing?

Yes, certainly. We can issue a certificate according to your university's requirements. We can also sign any paperwork required by your university as proof of editing.

Will my document be treated as confidential?

Yes, absolutely. Your work will be treated as strictly confidential and will never be shared or published. We will gladly sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with you if you wish.

How much does editing cost?

Our fee is based on the total word count of the document. This includes the body content and the reference list (as we need to review this). You can also include the appendices if you wish, but it's generally not required.

Click here to view our pricing or book a free consultation to discuss your project.

When should I submit my document to you?

Generally, editing and proofreading should be the very last step in your writing process. This ensures that you don't "undo" any editing work or introduce new typos or grammar issues.

However, if your supervisor has specifically instructed you to get your work edited before submitting it to them for final review, you should follow their instructions. If you're unsure which approach to take, get in touch with us.

Can you edit my dissertation/thesis as I complete each chapter?

We can, but we don't recommend it. By editing chapter by chapter, consistency is reduced and there is a strong chance that there will be conflicts between document versions in terms of references, page, table and figure numbers, and so on. As a result, a lot of the work will be "undone" and you'll need to spend a lot of time revising and checking each section.

How much time should I factor in post-edit to make corrections?

We recommend that you factor in a day or two to make your final corrections after receiving your document back from us. This is not essential (as you can just accept all our edits "as is"), but it is a good idea to have a buffer in case you want to make any additions or revisions.

Can you do a second review of my document after the first edit?

We can review your document as many times as you need, but each review is charged separately. In other words, we cannot provide a second review (after we've edited and proofread) free of charge.

Can you check that my Conclusions and Recommendations represent all my findings?

This is beyond the scope of language editing, as it involves data analysis and interpretation. If you would like assistance with this, we can assist with 1-on-1 coaching, where we critically review your work and provide in-depth feedback (you can view a sample of this here).

Can you write my abstract (or exec summary) for me?

No, we can't. As part of the editing process, we will improve the quality of your writing, but we cannot write any section for you. Having any section written for you would constitute academic misconduct.

Can you rephrase text to reduce my plagiarism score?

No, we can’t. While we may undertake some very light rewriting of poorly constructed sentences to improve readability and ease of understanding, we cannot revise content to reduce plagiarism as we are not familiar with the articles/sources being referenced.

Can you arrange the separate sections of my document?

No, we cannot arrange (or rearrange) sections of content on your behalf, as this may impact the core meaning and/or the thread of argument.

That said, if we feel that a section could be better structured for clarity, we will comment on this and make suggestions. Additionally, we will check that your headings and subheadings are numbered sequentially and are consistent in style.

I still have questions…

No problem. Feel free to email us or book an initial consultation to discuss.

Still have a question? No problem – feel free to email us or book a consultation.

What Our Clients Say

I started using Grad Coach for my dissertation and I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for them, I would have really struggled. I would strongly recommend them – worth every penny!

Richard Egenreider

Grad Coach is like a guardian angel. The value I derived from the guidance and coaching when writing my thesis was second to none. I’m forever grateful to Grad Coach.

Moloko Komane

Grad Coach gave me really good feedback that enabled me to submit my dissertation proposal early and get immediate approval. I would recommend Grad without hesitation.

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