Academic Integrity Policy
We work primarily with graduate students who are developing, writing, and finalizing their dissertations or theses. We also provide editorial support for post-doctoral academic projects, including journal articles, professional papers, and dissertation-to-book conversions. As such, the editorial work we do entails not only a professional service, but consultative and even pedagogical engagement as well. All the members of our firm are practicing scholars, writers, and researchers who hold doctoral degrees in their respective fields and are well-versed in the complexities and requirements of advanced higher education. Accordingly, we are deeply committed to the ideals of scholarly pursuit, the value of advanced education and research, and the rigorous scholarly practices and standards which demarcate it from other fields and industries. On this basis, we maintain high professional standards in our services while simultaneously remaining staunchly committed to the integrity of academic authorship.
Academic Integrity: Policies on Writing and Plagiarism
To that point, Dissertation Editor, LLC is an editing service, not a writing company. While we certainly do offer a range of services to assist our clients in the dissertation writing process, we do not under any circumstances compose written material for clients, as doing so would be a breach of academic integrity and could put them at risk of academic sanction. Naturally, we want to avoid this, both for our own integrity as professionals and for the sake and academic well-being of our clients. Accordingly, our editors can edit a client’s text for clarity, scholarly tone, structure, flow, as well as more surface level issues of grammar, spelling or formatting. They can also provide early-stage coaching services or detailed critical feedback on a document’s structure, organization, etc. But they will not compose any text ex nihilo on a client’s behalf, as such an action would constitute academic fraud. For that reason, we also will not provide any editing services for text that has been plagiarized from other sources. Our commitment to these policies is firm.
Need Help Getting Started?
For those in the early stages of composing their theses or dissertations, we provide a number of services to help move you along in the writing process. One is our annotated bibliography service. Another is our one-on-one coaching service, wherein we pair you with an editor who will help you refine your ideas, develop a research plan, and plot out a writing schedule. Often, advisor feedback or an assignment rubric will be a major component in the discussion. Again, while your editor will happily work closely with you and provide you with written commentary, feedback, and consultation notes as needed, he or she will not actually compose any text for inclusion in your dissertation. Our clients often like to order this consultation service as a follow-up to a heavy line edit of an early-stage draft, which gives them the opportunity to review an editor’s developmental work and then work out a plan to move forward in consultation with them.