Editing research theses

Editors can assist students in preparing their Honours, Master’s or PhD theses for submission. To carry out such work, an editor does not have to be a specialist in the discipline or field covered by the thesis.

In response to concerns about issues relating to authorship, fairness and the relative responsibilities and roles of academic supervisors and professional editors, Guidelines for editing research theses on editing theses have been developed collaboratively by the Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies and the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). Although the guidelines focus specifically on the editing of higher-degree theses, they can be used for editing any student work to be submitted for assessment.

By setting limitations on the level of editing that professional editors can provide, the guidelines aim to ensure that the integrity of students’ work is not open to challenge. Before handing over a thesis for editing, students should consult with their principal supervisor and present the editor with a copy of the guidelines. Editors should make supervisors and students aware of their existence and enforce their principles.


  • Thesis Editing – where to from here?

    18 February 2018

    If you’re coming along to the Editors WA general meeting on Monday 19 February 2018, all the details you need are right here! DATE: Monday 19 February 2018 TIME: 6:15 for 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PLACE: Town of Victoria Park … Read more

  • Preparing for the Accreditation Exam: Tips, Strategies and Exercises

    2 February 2018

    Get organised for your Accreditation Exam The next accreditation exam will be held on Saturday 19 May 2018. To assist WA members preparing to sit the exam, Meryl Potter, Distinguished Editor and lead writer for four of the accreditation exams, … Read more

  • Join us for a seasonal celebration

    6 November 2017

    This year, the Editors WA Christmas lunch will be held at: La Fattoria 211 Merrivale Rd Pickering Brook (see map below) Saturday 2 December 2017 12.00 – 3.00 pm Please come along to La Fattoria in picturesque Pickering Brook and … Read more

  • Winter seminar 2017

    27 July 2017

    Managing your career – and yourself: smart strategies for time-poor editors Join us for a day of professional development on: Saturday 26 August 2017 – 8:30 AM for 8:45 AM start / 4:00 PM close Room 109, Building 3, Edith Cowan University, … Read more