Information for Current Research Students

Editing of HDR Theses by Professional Editors


Professional editors need to be clear about the extent and nature of help they offer in the editing of research students' theses and dissertations.

Academic supervisors of research students also need to be clear about the role of the professional editor as well as their own editorial role.

This policy has been developed with close attention to the current Australian Standards for Editing Practice (ASEP) primarily to give guidance to professional editors.

Proof-reading and editing of research theses and dissertations

It is expected that the academic supervisors of research higher degree students will provide editorial advice to their students. This type of advice is covered in Standards C, D and E of ASEP.

  • Standard C, Substance and Structure
  • Standard D, Language and Illustrations
  • Standard E, Completeness and Consistency

Students may use a professional editor in preparing their theses for submission, but they should discuss this with their principal supervisor and provide the editor with a copy of this policy before they commence work. Professional editorial intervention should be restricted to:

  • Standard D, Language and Illustrations
  • Standard E, Completeness and Consistency

Where a professional editor provides advice on matters of structure (Standard C), exemplars only should be given.

When a thesis has had the benefit of professional editorial advice in any form, the name of the editor and a brief description of the service rendered, in terms of Australian Standards for Editing Practice, should be printed as part of the list of acknowledgements or other prefatory matter.

If the professional editor's current or former area of academic specialisation is similar to that of the candidate, this too should be stated in the prefatory matter of the thesis.

The Australian Standards for Editing Practice is available here.

HDR Thesis Editors




JENKIN, Deborah





Last reviewed: 3 July, 2017
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