Editing Your Thesis. INTRODUCTION Standards for editing Who does what? Editing your thesis What examiners look for. OR&GS WORKSHOP, 2014 Presented by Rachel Robertson Thanks to Ian Chalmers for some of the slides. INTRODUCTION.
Standards for editing
Who does what?
Editing your thesis
What examiners look for.
OR&GS WORKSHOP, 2014
Presented by Rachel Robertson
Thanks to Ian Chalmers for some of the slides
The Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies collaborated with the Council of Australian Societies of Editors (now called IPEd) to develop an agreed set of guidelines based on the ‘Australian Standards for Editing Practice’:
Standard A The publishing process, conventions and industry practice
Standard B Management and liaison
(Standards A and B are not relevant to writing a thesis).
Standard C Substance and structure
Standard D Language and illustrations
Standard E Completeness and consistency
Standard C relates to all substantive and conceptual guidance given by the supervisory team.
The supervisory team is also expected to provide tuition with regard to matters pertaining to Standards D and E, that is, matters pertaining to the presentation:
illustrations and tables
citation and bibliographic formats
Assistance with matters pertaining to Standards D and E may also be provided by professional editors in the final stages of preparing the thesis for submission.
Since the editorial process is an important part of the learning experience for the student and should be regarded as part of their research training, editorial assistance should be rendered on a hard copy of the thesis.
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 are expected to provide editorial advice to their students and also need to be clear about the role of the professional editor as well as their own editorial role.
Students may use a professional editor in preparing their thesis for submission, but they should discuss this with their supervisor and provide the editor with a copy of the policy before they commence work.
Professional editorial intervention should be restricted to Standard D and Standard E.
Where a professional editor provides advice on matters of structure (Standard C), exemplars only should be given.
Material for editing or proof-reading should be submitted in hard copy. In electronic copy it is too easy for the student to accept editorial suggestions without thinking about their implications.
When a thesis has had the benefit of professional editorial assistance, of 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.
Draft the thesis from the first to the last chapter and then do multiple rewrites
Move to a new chapter only when the current one is polished
Which option best works for you?
This collection of strange and spooky stories was perfect reading for that lazy week between Christmas and New Year, providing a dark antidote to the forced cheeriness of the season. The book was inspired partly by The Twilight Zone and similar television shows., andcontributors Contributorsto the anthology were invited to write about the fantastical, uncanny, absurd, or, as editor Angela Meyer notes, ‘even just the slightly off’. Meyer’s Herintroduction suggests that speculative and fantastical fiction may appeal, not just for entertainment, but also because it reflects an aspect of reality that may be harder to capture in realist fiction. She argues that our sense that ‘something is just not quite right’ in Australia today is mirrored in these stories.
While the nineteen stories are diverse – in bothinstyle and content, – this shared focus on the strange gives the anthology a pleasing coherence that many collections of short fiction lack. There are Somethemes that are explored by several writers, most notably those relating to technology and reality television, just as evocations of the eeriness of the Australian bush recur in several stories. As with all anthologies, some stories are stronger than others and lead the reader to ponder further on the ideas and images they contain. I found myself revisited by the figure of a giant hare in the bush from Carmel Bird’s ‘Hare’ and by the invisible hand over the protagonist’s face in Krissy Kneen’sspooky ‘Sleepwalk’.
Example of edited text for book review by Rachel for ABR.
Questions examiners ask themselves when examining a thesis:
IPEd (2013) Australian Standards for Editing Practice, 2nd edition, 2013. Available from http://iped-editors.org/About_editing/Editing_standards.aspx
See also http://iped-editors.org/About_editing/Editing_theses.aspx
Humanities Office of R&GS (2014) FactPack 2014.
Rowena Murray (2006) How to Write a thesis, 2nd edition. Berkshire: OUP.