Proofreading of PhD theses and dissertations

I am very happy to be contacted about the proofreading of PhD theses and dissertations. After much deliberation, at the end of 2014 I decided that I would not offer set rates for theses/dissertations because they vary in requirements so much. Instead, I offer a set, discounted hourly rate for these types of work. I ask that potential customers send me an accurate sample of their thesis, which is representative of the standard of English across the entire document, and a reasonable estimate of their total word-count (and inclusive of footnotes), so that I can make an estimate based on the length of time I think it will take me to complete the work. My hourly rate for theses is competitive, and I work out an estimate based on the word-count, the quality of writing, the competency of English, and the amount of time I think the piece will take me to read. I tend to give quite a wide estimate of cost because I have a policy that I will not charge more than the amount given at the highest end of the estimate, even if the thesis takes longer to read than I thought, and I will only charge for the amount of time the thesis takes to read should it take me less time than anticipated.

Samples should be sent to me as a word document and should ideally consist of several pages or, where possible, a chapter.

I am also happy to read bibliographies, but these are charged additionally to the thesis.

Typically, I like to hold onto a thesis for three weeks because I work as Proof-Ed in the evenings and at weekends (as I work for a publisher and university during the day time). I am happy to receive chapters one by one, although I request that chapters are sent to me in order, where possible, and my preference is that I can return all chapters in one go rather than one by one.

Please note that because thesis proofreading is already heavily discounted in the rate that I charge per hour for this particular type of work, student theses do not qualify for an additional discount of 10%.

If you are considering having a thesis read, please contact me as early as possible to save a spot in my schedule.


Thank you for considering Proof-Ed.