Editing academic theses

15 April, 2014

Editing academic theses: what every new (and experienced) editor needs to know

Most students spend three years on their PhD research so they want to present their best work. A dissertation or thesis might possibly be the most important work in their academic career. Professional editing can be a valuable resource for students as long as we edit these papers in an ethical way. Our next meeting looks at a framework on how and when to apply different approaches to academic editing. You will come away with strategies and practical tools to implement straight away.


  • Ethical editing
  • English language competence
  • Limiting your input
  • Providing feedback
  • Common errors
  • Struggling with wordiness
  • Case studies

Benefits to you

  • Understand your role in the academic cycle
  • Understand key concepts such as ethics, integrity and plagiarism
  • Practice editing real examples of academic writing

The panel

  • Anne Surma DE: Senior lecturer in the English and Creative Arts program at Murdoch University. Anne led the process for revising and updating the ‘Guidelines for editing research theses’, which were nationally endorsed by the Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies of Australian universities in November 2010.
  • Ilsa Sharp: Freelance editor and writer with international experience.
  • Kerry Coyle AE: Editor, trainer and publications manager.

You are invited to participate in our discussion at the Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco on Tuesday 15 April 6.30 to 8.30 pm. RSVP: kcoyle@westnet.com.au.