APA Editors for Dissertations and Theses | APA 6th Edition

What is APA style?


The style guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) are detailed rules for producing consistent content to aid in comprehension. APA style is used for academic documents such as research proposals, theses, dissertations, capstone projects, journal articles, and books.

APA guidelines apply to all aspects of writing, including word choice, grammar, tense, capitalization, and punctuation, as well as specific requirements for aligning and spacing text, labeling figures and tables, formatting headlines, and citing references.  APA rules are detailed and unconventional, and students often find them finicky and frustrating.

Why hire a professional APA editor?

Writing a thesis or dissertation is challenging because students must read literature, design proposals, conduct research, and gather information to be compiled into one important document.  Writing that document can become overwhelming when the degree-seeking candidate must prepare it according to a prescribed format. Most academic institutions require APA style, and many modify or supplement APA with their own guidelines.  Because APA editors are intimately familiar with APA style requirements, they can eliminate days, weeks, or months of frustration for students who are already frazzled from reading and research.

APA requirements are specific and uncompromising.  Without the help of an APA expert, the majority of master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and research papers contain scores of errors.  A professional APA editor can wipe away those errors, leaving behind a clear, understandable, well-written document.

What is the role of the APA editor?


The APA editor polishes your writing to conform to APA style and to accepted academic standards required by your school. In addition, the APA editor reduces wordiness, eliminates colloquialisms and slang, verifies gender-appropriate and bias-free language, formats in-text and block quotations, and ensures that you are using active voice and present or past tense appropriately, according to the 6th edition of the APA manual. Citations and quotations are checked for inclusion in the reference section, and references are formatted according to APA rules for books, periodicals, conference proceedings, and works from electronic media.

Why choose our APA editing service?


Our APA editors are not merely competent, or even highly competent. They’re experts.

This APA editing network was formed to screen out unqualified APA editors and to promote the services of APA editing professionals with proven thesis and dissertation experience.  Our editors have a 100% success rate. Your research proposal, thesis, dissertation, or capstone research project will not be rejected for APA issues.

We’re known (and infamous) for having a 2% pass rate on our APA editing test. Out of every 100 APA “experts” who take our tests, only 2 pass with a score of 100%. Those editors are posted here. Only proven perfectionists who pass our APA format tests are offered entry into this academic editing network. They are all professional editors; they do not perform research or writing services.

No trainees. No exceptions.  Each editor’s profile includes student reviews, and the names are real.

You work directly with the APA editor you select. There is no online form for monitored communications and no “gatekeeper” who blocks or screens contact with your APA editor.

Final thoughts


Don’t agonize over what to italicize, whether to use “fourth” or “4th,” or how to correctly punctuate sentences. Instead, use your time to research, collect data, and prepare a working draft of your paper, and let your APA editor attend to the nitty-gritty details of polishing your paper. Surprise your faculty advisor or committee by submitting a well-crafted APA-compliant paper. You will spend a few dollars–but you will not waste hours trying to find the sentence in the APA manual that explains how to cite references downloaded from the Internet or whether to write “percent” or insert its symbol. Hire an APA editor and avoid all the aggravation. Save your time and effort; life is too short.

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Student Reviews


Additional student reviews are posted on each editor’s page.

“I had a very unfortunate contract end with another editing service that did not perform nor consider my timelines for my dissertation proposal. [After submitting] I received an immediate phone call from the network coordinator. She provided me with a consultant referral. Within hours, I received a response … [my editor] went above and beyond in her services. Her guidance and expertise was exact and accurate. She was professional in her communication style, but demonstrated her sensitivity and compassion toward my circumstances. Her contract was easy to understand and specific to the tasks.  I am forever grateful to the network; their ethics and standards extend beyond industry standards.” Cheryl Moore, PhD Candidate, Capella University

“Carol was exceptionally diligent in her work. She was in constant contact with me over the time she was working on my paper and finished the work several days ahead of schedule. She paid great attention to detail, catching a couple redundancies I had missed, as well as some inconsistencies, which were beyond the scope of the APA compliance I was looking for.” Doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University

“I am impressed with this network. I wasn’t expecting such quick response.”

“After having used other editorial services, those offered by this site were what I hoped all the others had been.”

“I cannot commend the network highly enough for the level of professionalism and customer service of its associates.”

“I contracted Dr. Karon to copy edit my doctoral dissertation on philosophy and ethics. Not only was the quality of his work outstanding, his enthusiasm about creative writing and his encouragement carried me through very difficult times at the end of my program. I truly appreciated his comments and suggestions, many of which I will continue to work with as I am preparing a manuscript from my dissertation to be published as a book. Without reservation, Dr. Karon has my highest recommendations. He showed me how beautiful written language can be and reinvigorated in me the writing spirit that I had nearly lost in the strategic aspects of the dissertation process. It was a perfect fit both in terms of the topic and personality.”

“Holly is a great editing consultant. I was impressed and interested in working with her from the very moment I read her bios, works and testimony from other scholars around the world. My proposal was completed even before the submission date. She really took her time to point out areas of improvement.” Oluwayemisi Owolabi, Dissertation, Walden University

“Holly was exceptional!  Her responsiveness and attentiveness to my written requirements was truly commendable.  The challenges of completing a comprehensive dissertation can be overwhelming; however, soliciting the quality skills and services such as those provided by Holly are worth the expense.Words simply cannot express how much the assistance provided by Holly benefited me in this advanced studies process.” Lincoln Headen

“Excellent and detailed the work and explanation was done timely and on a professional level a job well worth it and the knowledge and expertise was valued highly.” Francine Baffa

“I am extremely happy with the services I received from Dr. Andrews. She was very patient with me. She explained things in small steps, gave examples, valuable tips, and gave clear instructions. She discovered quickly the challenges I had with my data. She understood that I was a beginner using the SPSS program and the statistic tests. She always had encouraging words to motivate me to go on.”

“Victoria was so helpful. She responded quickly to all of my questions. For example, she assisted me with responding to an IRB question requesting a formal power analysis. With Victoria’s help, I had approval to proceed with my data collection in a matter of hours after I submitted my response.”

“Chapter 4 is approved!!!! Woot woot!!!!” PhD student

“Many thanks for your fine work on this project. You did much to improve the writing, and the author has every reason to be grateful to you.” Princeton University Press

“Thank you. We were so fortunate to have such a great editor!” Margarita Calderón, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University

“Linda is great and knows APA and Capella standards extremely well. She was directly responsible for my maintenance of a 3.85 GPA on all of my graduate work and I strongly urge any serious graduate student to have her edit your final papers. My writing greatly improved with her help, and I could pay attention to my research without being bogged down by APA style issues.” Bob Richardson, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, PepsiCo