360dissertations understands how tough Masters level projects can be. The standard of a post graduate course is higher than a bachelor’s degree.

Why struggle when we are here 😂? But we will not only tell you how you can benefit from developmental editing but also we will tell you how developmental editing can harm your PhD research ? i.e., the problems associated with it. So, we are determined to break your struggle through our blog because we know the pain as no one was there to break our struggle. Hence, first, let us know what developmental editing is and how it can benefit your PhD research.

One question that irks most PhD scholars is the time their PhD would take to complete and it is the question that at the same time remains as the most unavoidable question because a PhD programme never comes with a time tag attached to it, unlike various other courses that we do prior to it. The moment you have been in the programme for few semesters, the question starts hovering above your head. How much time would it take? When would you finish? And these never ending questions come from sources that are never ending. Starting from your family to your colleagues, people in the university, bank, gym and everywhere want the answer to this particular question and ironically you would not have the answer to this question, most of the times.

No supervisor would every say that you can do without editing your work. Editing is an essential part of thesis writing and surely as important and difficult as writing it is. How much ever perfect you think your writing skills are, you would always find scope to remove errors upon editing and proofreading. Researchers have their own set of choice between self-editing and hiring a professional editor for doing the work. Both options have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are few to share:

Planning a research trip is a common component of the doctoral journey. Amongst all PhD, there is only a small proportion that can be written sitting at one place only on the basis of the material that is found online. Travel is important in research for reasons that can be many. It could be to consult archives, do fieldwork or do some collaboration or consultation with colleagues at other locations. You may have to travel more than one time, over the period of the tenure of your PhD or even take up an extended research trip that could last six months or even longer at time, if your PhD so demands.

To a faculty advisory committee at a university press, an editor’s first duty might well be gatekeeping. Let in only those projects good enough to meet are standards. (And in practice, the press discovers what its standards are partly by looking at what it has already admitted.) There aren’t SATs for authors, or many other comfortingly simple ways of measuring the achievement of your new inductees. Universities admit freshmen every spring, but in at least one what that job is easier than an editor’s. There’s an application deadline, and PhD candidates can be evaluated against one other. A waiting list is readied, and decline invitations to enroll can be swiftly papered over from the second tier of candidates. When it's over, a university won’t have applications for the following year trickling in months before the next application deadline.This routine, familiar to any academic, in the antithesis of what an editor faces. Authors write for admission at any time of year, yet often with no definite plan for the date of matriculation, as it were. (“Provide me with a contract,” writes an applicant, “and finish my book in two-or-three-years.”) This makes it difficult for a publisher to budget production and marketing expenditures. Worse, however, is that an editor must judge each application more or less independently. An editor might decline your dissertation in part because it isn't nearly as strong as an entirely different project. What an editor can’t do is shelve your project for a year in order to evaluate all her submissions on prenatal care and only then choose the one that seems strongest. 


An editor will occasionally pursue projects that are too expensive or too high-profile for the house. These dissertations are rarely signed up, either because the publisher draws the line at an advance beyond the house’s purse or because the author, or the author’s agent, simply decides on a larger or richer company, or a house with more academic prestige. Some editors want only books that they can’t actually land. For that matter, some authors disdain offers from the presses that want them, all the while pining for acceptance by presses that don’t.