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Thesis Editing & Proofreading Services

Our academic editors are true experts with unrivalled experience who will ensure your thesis is of the highest-possible quality and ready for submission.

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Your research presented perfectly

Writing a dissertation or thesis is intensely demanding, so it stands to reason that you want only the best editors and proofreaders to touch your work. 

Capstone Editing understands the significant investment your thesis represents and how tremendously important it is to you and your academic and professional future. That is why our thesis editing service is tailored to help you in every way we can.

From the research proposal stage to publication, our professional Master’s, and PhD thesis editors and proofreaders will ensure your research is presented in the best possible light. We help ensure that your thesis meets international publication standards, following all relevant language, style, referencing and formatting guidelines.

We know that the last thing you want is for errors to affect how your thesis is received, and you certainly do not want to be required to complete minor or major corrections after examination, if this can be avoided. That is why our thesis editing service goes above and beyond, to provide you with the highest-quality and most comprehensive master’s and PhD thesis proofreading and editing service available.

Every student, regardless of the quality of his or her writing ability, stands to benefit from our thesis editing service. If you require more information, our video explains the advantages of thesis and dissertation editing.

Our thesis and dissertation editors and proofreaders provide service that is not only of the highest quality but it is also affordable and accessible to all students due to our partnership with Payright and Humm. The partnership allows us to offer interest-free repayment plans so financial constraints don’t impede your access to our invaluable dissertation and thesis editing and proofreading services. Just give us a call to find out more!

Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality thesis editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

The following documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I want to thank Capstone Editing for the invaluable assistance they provided in editing my PhD thesis (following the ‘Guidelines for Editing Research Theses’ as per University of Adelaide requirements). The final edited thesis was perfectly expressed and did not contain any typographical or grammatical errors. This was affirmed by my thesis being accepted without corrections, which I believe is rare. I am especially grateful for the care taken to avoid changing any of my ideas in what was a complex work. In reviewing the edits and comments, I felt at all times that my work had been treated with the greatest sensitivity and respect. Capstone Editing proved their editors to be highly skilled, professional and trustworthy. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to postgraduates and academics seeking a professional academic editor.

Dr Radhika Seimon NHMRC Early Career Fellow University of Sydney

I would confidently recommend the editorial services of Capstone Editing. They are fast, capable and professional. My editor identified a number of places in which the expression and clarity in the grant were able to be improved. Her careful editing saved me valuable time and identified details I had missed in my own revisions. She was careful to ensure that any changes to the expression didn’t change the meaning, and clearly noted where there may have been ambiguity. In today’s competitive research environment, I honestly believe the services of Capstone Editing represent a very worthwhile investment, and I intend to utilise their services again with future grants.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen NHMRC Senior Research Fellow University of New South Wales

A good editor may be the difference between a pass or fail, or more positively, a High Distinction or a Distinction. A good editor will not only attend to spelling, grammar, syntax and structure but will also read and understand the point of the assignment and thus recommend changes in accordance with the specific intentions of the work. A good editor is clear and precise. A good editor offers suggestions towards increasing clarity, that is, what you think you are saying may not be what you have said. This is all the job of a good editor. Capstone's editors are among the best. I have never received less than a High Distinction in any subject since using their services.

Gary Master’s by coursework Flinders University

Dr Lisa Lines was recommended to me by a colleague as an expert editor in her field. It is my pleasure to assert that her editorial services were well worth the investment made. Not only am I grateful for the numerous corrections to errors that I had missed, but I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to learn from her expertise. While I hope to implement some of these skills in the future, I will certainly engage her services again. Her attention to detail, her professionalism and her courteous manner in dealing with my work were greatly appreciated. Dr Lines formatted my thesis in such a way that it is both easy to read and navigate. It was reassuring to have someone trustworthy to help me in the final stages of my PhD. I recommend Capstone Editing to students and academics alike.

Mark Griffiths PhD Candidate Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Our simple order process provides easy access to professional academic editing. In some cases, your university will provide funding for thesis editing and we can invoice them directly.

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Premium Copyediting Service

Our Premium Copyediting service, is suited to PhD students with standard editing requirements. Standard doesn’t mean superficial. Our thesis proofreaders and editors perform an extremely thorough edit of your honours, masters or PhD thesis. This includes:

    • Correct grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation (according to British/Australian or US English conventions)
    • Correct use of formal academic English
    • Improved logic, clarity and flow, including transitional phrasing
    • Complete internal consistency
    • Correct and consistent use of abbreviations
    • Suggestions on organisation, structure and support of statements
    • Querying of errors and inconsistencies in content
    • Word count reduction (through eliminating redundancy and unnecessary repetition)
    • Complete formatting
    • Complete, consistent and accurate referencing.

The Most Comprehensive Thesis Editing Available

Our service includes absolutely everything that your university will allow a professional thesis editor to do for you. In addition to the extremely thorough language edit we have outlined above, your thesis proofreader and editor will also:

Completely format your thesis ready for printing and submission, following your university’s submission guidelines

Create all your preliminary pages (e.g., Title page, Table of Contents, List of Figures, List of Tables and List of Abbreviations), which will be automatic and easy to update

Edit and format your tables and figures for neatness and consistency

Edit and format your appendices for neatness and consistency

Crosscheck your in-text references with your reference list

Provide prompt, professional client support services throughout to cover every aspect of your thesis completion, from pre-booking enquiries to attentive after-care.

Additional thesis proofreading and editing services included in our packages:

  • A detailed letter from your thesis editor that explains all the work completed, draws your attention to any important issues, and provides advice on areas of potential improvement for use in future writing
  • A style sheet detailing all choices made in terms of hyphenation, capitalisation, spelling and so on, to help you maintain the consistency of your document should you make any further changes.

0% interest finance options available

Capstone Editing is proud to be the only editing service in Australia to offer an after-pay service to our clients. Access top-quality editing when you need it, and pay for it over time in manageable instalments.

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Spread the cost

Pay for the course in equal monthly instalments over a period of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months.

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Interest free

Always interest free, no early exit fees and no hidden fees and charges.

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Easy application

Apply online for either instant approval or a decision within a few hours (depending on the provider you choose).

Don’t wait! Submit your document for editing now and pay later with a flexible payment plan that suits your individual needs.

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Finance provided by Payright and Humm

Capstone Editing has chosen to partner with Payright (Devizo Pty Ltd ABN 24 605 753 535) and Humm (Certegy Ezi-Pay Pty Ltd ABN 28 129 228 986) because they are Australian businesses that practise responsible lending.

Platinum (Heavy) Copyediting Service

Our Platinum (Heavy) Copyediting service, also known as Heavy Copyediting, includes everything provided by our Premium Copyediting service but also allows your specialist thesis editor to spend double the amount of time improving and correcting your stye of dissertation writing. It’s best for students who need their thesis proofreaders and editors to go over their work with a magnifying glass and provide clearer and more detailed corrections and explanations.

It is invaluable if one or more of the following applies to your dissertation and thesis writing:

    • Your thesis contains a higher than average number of errors
    • English is your second language
    • You would like additional assistance with complex referencing or formatting
    • You require significant word reduction
    • Your thesis requires extra work to ensure logic, clarity and flow, including transitional phrasing
    • You need some assistance with rewording, organisation and structure (though not to the extent of Substantive Editing)
    • You would like your editor to spend additional time on any aspect of the editing.
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The best choice in thesis editing

Each of our outstanding thesis editors is both a qualified and experienced academic with a strong publication record in his or her own field and a highly skilled and trained professional editor. Having been postgraduate students themselves, they understand intimately postgraduate students’ needs and concerns. Further, as most have also been postgraduate supervisors and thesis examiners, they know how to give you the greatest possible chance of thesis acceptance. Our editors really are the absolute best in the industry, so you can rest assured that your thesis or dissertation writing and presentation are in good hands.

Combined, our thesis editors have edited more postgraduate theses than any other editing firm in Australia. These have come from every university in Australia and New Zealand, and from many overseas, covering all possible disciplines. Due to our wealth of experience, personal academic achievements and overarching focus on providing an outstanding service, we provide the highest-quality and most comprehensive thesis editing and proofreading available in Australia. This makes Capstone Editing’s academic editing service excellent value for money, especially if you take advantage of our interest-free repayment plans, which will allow you to pay for your thesis editing over a period of up to 12 months. We are proud to be the only editing company in Australia and New Zealand in a position to offer this service to our clients.

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The highest standards of academic integrity

Universities encourage Honours, Master’s and PhD candidates to have their theses edited, provided this is done by a professional and approved copyediting service. At Capstone Editing, all of our thesis editors and proofreaders maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. We follow the Australian Standards of Editing Practice, and in particular the ‘Guidelines for Editing Research Theses’. These guidelines require that thesis editing, while clarifying and strengthening the student’s original ideas and arguments, does not interfere with content in any way. We thus satisfy the requirements of universities. For many Australian and New Zealand universities, we are a preferred provider of thesis editing services.


Exemplary client support

Should you have any questions about our service, thesis editors or proofreading and dissertation editing, in particular, you can contact us at any time. Our client support staff will provide you with the most professional and helpful assistance possible, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to our thesis proofreaders and editors, we also have outstanding professional client support staff that provide fast and efficient help to students throughout the thesis proofreading and editing process, from pre-booking enquiries to attentive after-care services. We look forward to exceeding your expectations from start to finish.

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Referral Program

Clients who recommend our services to others can take advantage of our Referral Program. It is our way of thanking you for sharing your experience with Capstone Editing.

After working with us, you are so happy that you recommend our service to others.

Your friend mentions your name when submitting his or her thesis for editing.

As a thank you, you receive A$50 into your bank account and your friend receives A$20.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A thesis statement outlines your main argument. An effective thesis statement will be clear, specific, focused and concise. It will focus the reader’s attention on your topic and clearly outline your perspective. The steps to write a thesis statement include restating the research question in your own words, adopting a position (argument), listing the main reasons for adopting that position (which you will discuss in your essay) and combining all this information into a single sentence (or several sentences for a longer research paper with a more complex topic).

A thesis editor improves the quality of a thesis by increasing the language quality to ensure that ideas and arguments are presented clearly, correcting any mistakes and ensuring adherence to all academic writing, formatting and referencing conventions. A thesis editor will ensure correct grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation; correct use of formal academic English; complete internal consistency; correct and consistent use of abbreviations; and improving logic, clarity and flow, structure and organisation of ideas. Additionally, a thesis editor will completely format a thesis ready for printing and submission, following university submission guidelines; create all preliminary pages (e.g., Title page, Table of Contents, List of Figures, List of Tables and List of Abbreviations), which will be automatic and easy to update; edit and format tables and figures for neatness and consistency; edit and format appendices for neatness and consistency; and crosscheck in-text references with the reference list. A thesis editor will do everything they can, as permitted by university guidelines (which, in Australia, are the nationally endorsed ‘Guidelines for Editing Research Theses’), to ensure that a thesis is ready for submission and the research is presented in the best possible light. A thesis editor will not make substantial changes to structure and content.

You edit a thesis paper by completing the first (and second and third) round of editing yourself before acquiring the services of a third-party editor, either a colleague or a professional editor. When you edit your own thesis paper, you must ensure that all the important information is included in the correct order, according to your thesis plan, and that there are no major errors or inconsistencies. You must also check that all formatting and referencing are consistent and correct. A professional editor will be useful because you will be very close to your own work, particularly in the final stages of preparing your thesis paper; therefore, you may miss errors in content and style. However, an academic editor will be able to read and edit your thesis paper with fresh eyes and, thus, catch any errors you may have missed.

To write a thesis statement for an essay, you must first state your topic in your own words, being as specific and concise as possible. Then, you must state your main idea or opinion about the topic and provide the key evidence you are drawing on to support your opinion. This must all be done within a single sentence (or several sentences for a longer essay with a more complex topic). An effective thesis statement outlines your main argument; is clear, specific, focused and concise; and focuses the reader’s attention on your topic by clearly outlining your perspective on the topic.

A clear statement of the topic, your main opinion regarding the topic and the key evidence you will put forward to support this opinion should go in a thesis statement. An effective thesis statement outlines your main argument; is clear, specific, focused and concise; and focuses the reader’s attention on your topic by clearly outlining your perspective on the topic. A thesis statement would normally contain all these things in one sentence, but it may require several sentences if you are writing a longer and more complex essay or thesis.

A thesis statement in an essay outlines your main argument and focuses the reader’s attention by clearly outlining your perspective on the topic. It will provide the topic and some general context for it, your main perspective or opinion on the topic and the key evidence you have gathered to support this opinion. Further, a thesis statement will provide an outline for the ideas presented in the rest of your essay. A strong thesis statement gives direction to the essay and provides supporting evidence to motivate your readers to continue reading. A thesis statement in an essay would normally do all these things in one sentence, but it may be several sentences if you are writing a longer and more complex essay or thesis.