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How do I Find the Best Editor for My Thesis Online?

Are you looking for an online editor for your thesis? Here are certain skills you must surely look out for:
Effectiveness and value for work: This is the most important consideration when you have to choose an editor for your work. The editor that you finalise should give you ethical work and not go beyond the mandate given to him. An editing service should limit itself to the task of editing and not jump into the periphery of a writer. Even if some of the editors online offer services related to writing, you must keep away from some temptations.

Monetary factors: The affordability factor can be sometimes very crucial in finalising the editor for the job of thesis editing. The amount associated can be sometimes very daunting and with the kind of variability that is available in the market, it can get all the more difficult to choose. The truth here is that editing is a time consuming activity, and involves precision and expertise in the work. Of course, people with high academic credentials would be associated in the task so the money involved would be substantive. If you find an option that is very cheap, you must surely doubt its quality standards.

Background of the editor: You must learn about your editor as there is a lot of subjectivity involved in the task. Few answers that should be necessarily sought are: a) is the chosen editor a specialist in academic editing? b) Does he enough understanding and experience of the referencing style? c) What is the educational qualifications of the editor? d) Is there any successful history of editing associated with the editor and his team?

Required Time span: If he editing of your thesis is something you have kept for the last minute, then checking the time frame that the editor is asking for is very important. There are some editors who are willing to do the work in express service with extra money charged. You must choose the one that goes well with the amount of time that you have with you.

There isn’t a shortage of editors online, but you got to do your own little research here to find the right option. Make sure you select someone who is not just ethical in his output but is capable enough to enhance the quality of your work.

Have you included all these in your thesis introduction?

Let us bring for you here a checklist of all the necessary components of the introduction section of a thesis.

  1. The motivation for the reader: in the introduction section itself you got to highlight the factors that would motivate the readers to go through the entire document. You would have already the set the base for this in the abstract by giving a glimpse of your results but in what way would it be useful for the academia or the field of study is a great motivator for the reader.  Remember to keep it grounded and not blown out of proportion.
  2. Your work strategy and outcome: this is not to be done as a repetition of the abstract. You must incorporate here your inspiration   for choosing the particular topic of study by referencing previous work. It will bring into limelight the key idea that led you  do take up this study that came into nobody else’s notice and how that adds a USP to your study. The more novelty and uniqueness you present for your paper, the better it is.
  3. Outline of the organisation or the industry: It is important that your give a brief of the industry or an outline of the organisation if you have any specific in your study. Make sure you do it in a very logical manner where very smoothly there is a transition from one section to another.
  4. Prerequisites: You need to give clarity in the introduction stage about all technical notifications that you would be using in the thesis. It should specifically and clearly become the reference point for the reader where by anywhere in the document if he gets stuck with any terminology or technicality, he can come to one stop to get it sorted.

In the introduction section, the reader doesn’t become judgemental about your work as he knows that till this stage he hasn’t received any exposure to your contribution in the field but this stage should be utilised by the researcher/writer to establish a clear and fundamental base for the reader to be able to grasp all the research findings and analysis he got to be reading in the subsequent chapters. Try to clear all ambiguities in this section that you anticipate may arise for the reader at the later stages.  Thus, it is a good idea to come back to the introduction section one more time in the end after completing all you’re writing to include whatever is needed for better clarity.

What is the way to write research papers?

It is from one subject to another, that the style of writing research paper gets distinct. Having good and satisfactory content is of course the most important requisite because it isn’t possible that poor content can be camouflaged by good writing. That isn’t possible.

The way you write your research largely depends upon the type of journal that you are focussing on and who is your specific reader. Whenever you write something for a larger audience, there should be a general aim that you should be targeting. What you should seek to achieve from your writing is to be attractive to non-experts in your field of writing and the same time unique and special enough to be interesting as well as not offensive to the experts.

Title: The title of your writing should be such that it should reflect the unique nature of your document, in comparison to all the prior work that exists in your field. Again, keep the interest of the larger audience in mind that it should be logical for the non-experts and at the same time intriguing for the experts.

Abstract: Not many would tell you that there exists an inverse relationship between the length of your abstract and the significance of your document. Usually, when you have a short abstract the results are very powerful.   Abstract should be concise but not miss the results that reflect from your research. A self-contained sufficient abstract is the best trait of a good abstract.

Keywords: With the internet and search engines being the only medium of search of research papers, keywords you identify for your paper are important because they would define  that on search of which words would your paper  show up  in the results. So you must apply your mind thinking about search items that you want should lead your paper.

Introduction:  With 80 per cent of readers not going past your abstract, from the remaining 20 per cent the majority do not go beyond the introduction unless it is something that is so impressive and intriguing that they cannot let it go. The intro must be beautifully written and generating curiosity at the same time.

The introduction again needs a lot of thought and effort before writing. You must have a checklist for your introduction and make sure all aspects are taken care of completely so that readers of all levels of expertise and intellect can connect with it.  What is the checklist for your intro, we will bring it up in the next blog.

The focus of your Ph.D. should be only your Thesis

To be successful in the doctoral programme, focus is the most important thing. The focus should be on what? It should be on nothing else, but your thesis as eventually that is what is going to get you your degree and eventually your job. Everything else is just secondary.

In the beginning of the doctoral programme, one is encouraged to write papers, as many as possible. Even if you end up publishing more than a dozen papers by the end of the first few years of your dissertation, till the time you haven’t progressed with writing your thesis, you haven’t moved closer to completion. That is for sure. Your supervisor would encourage you to write as many papers, but you need to be aware of how the academia works and start working on writing your thesis simultaneously.

There is one more concern that may creep in, if you use all your energy in writing the papers, it is a possibility that you may have a burn out before actually you even start writing your thesis. You may actually want to combine all your research papers into a dissertation but that actually is not a possibility. You would have to write it fresh and that would surely need energy, and capacity to produce the document.

At one point, while writing my own dissertation, I was so stressed and burnt out that it became difficult to even write one line for a few months. All the paper publication effort that I had put in for all the years, surprisingly did not help much, and rather did harm by exhausting my capacity to write further. I don’t mean by saying this that one shouldn’t write papers. It is important but not the only or the most important thing required for a Ph.D.  That is the thesis and you shouldn’t dilute or divert your focus from that. You must be cautious and learn from this mistake of other scholars, to not exhaust all your energy on tasks of second priority such as paper publications and teaching assignments, because if you also repeat the same, you would find yourself in an irreversible mess in your doctoral journey.  Drained physically, emotionally, and even financially, when actually your dissertation would be still left to write.

Following this advice you would see your journey smoother and simpler because consistency is the key to success in Ph.D.