Quality Editing for Your Doctoral Dissertation
Dr. Brian Shelton, Copy Editor


Editorial Services

Copy editing is an important dimension to the doctoral dissertation process. Careful review safeguards your work from unclear expression of ideas as well as distracting grammar, spelling, and syntax errors. This editorial service provides vital attention to the improvement of your scholarly work—line by line.

The process includes the following steps:

  1. Identification of underdeveloped ideas and concept convolution: Clarity is one of the most important qualities of a successful dissertation. This service identifies big-picture inconsistencies and vague, undeveloped sections. Attention is given to both the thesis and organization of the dissertation.

  2. Attention to grammar, spelling and syntax errors: Nothing deflates the argument of a first-rate dissertation like a glaring typo. This service provides important proofreading feedback and relief from embarrassing errors impacting the credibility of your dissertation.

  3. Feedback on style guide compliance: Technical details and conformity to style matters. This service identifies stylistic errors and nonconformity to handbook guidelines. As you work in APA 6th edition, we provide guidance on correct style and best practices. Attention is given to the main text as well as end matter (e.g., notes and bibliography).

Editor Profile


Dr. Brian Shelton understands the deep, personal labor involved in academic writing. In addition to his own dissertation, he has authored three scholarly books as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. As a university educator for 20 years, Brian enjoys working with students and involvement in their success. While Brian is not afraid to scalpel a text, the surgery will be thoughtful, gentle, and helpful to you and your dissertation. His goal is to make your experience easier and your dissertation better. Brian holds a PhD in Historical Theology (Saint Louis University) and most recently served as Provost of Toccoa Falls College (Georgia).



Cost Rate: $28/hour

Evaluation Rate: 12 pages/hour

Sample Rate: 160 page review costs $373

A service contract will issued to ensure expectations of costs. Dissertation manuscripts may be submitted electronically or in hard copy. Payment are accepted via personal check or PayPal.


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Dr. Brian Shelton