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When a person works long and hard on getting the content of a thesis or dissertation right, can they really afford to overlook simple errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and presentation?
When it comes to theses, dissertations, journal submissions and other such papers, the writer spends a great amount of time researching, collating and presenting the information. Content is obviously King and all efforts are focused on organizing the ideas and presenting them in the best possible manner.
However, most of them discount the need for document editing and proofreading. They deem that ‘minor’ errors don’t matter as long as the subject matter is up to the mark.
But the fact remains that how a paper looks and reads has a major effect on the audience. This is the very first impression and it can mar everything from the impact on the readers to even their willingness to continue reading!
Indeed, typos, grammatical mistakes and punctuation errors carry a grave influence of their own. To add to this, how the document is formatted and presented also plays a starring role in the proceedings. And it goes without saying that errors in sentence structure, confusing or inconsistent sentences or even style of writing can affect the very fluency and comprehensibility of the document.
Even when the writer sits down to edit the document; they do a cursory skim through at best. Moreover, they are bound by their own limitations when it comes to grammar and language.
On the other hand, professional document editing and proofreading is all about an exhaustive and methodical inspection of the document. Each and every word, line and sentence is checked to ensure that the spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure is on point. Even the font size, font style, page structure and other formatting is carefully inspected for uniformity.
Moreover, service providers like HKNETS (http://www.hknets.net) even gauge the language and readability level of the document. They can replace phrases and rewrite parts of the text to ensure that the document is not only clear and easy to read, but also conveys the right impression!