grips-print-46The CPC offers various editorial services for doctoral students. This free-of-charge service can be used for doctoral dissertations and articles intended for journal publication.


NOTE: we do not edit entire papers.

Timing: Depending on the quality of the writing and the length of the request queue, the entire process of consulting on a paper will take more than a month, possibly much more.
Students using this service will be required to come to the CPC for face-to-face tutorials and for follow-up discussions with the editor, usually for at least 4-5 tutorials, with a week or more between meetings.

Tutorial process: in general the student and the editor work on a few pages of one section of the student’s paper, referring to a well-written model paper, to decide the style for that section. (Remember that style varies from section to section in papers and dissertations.) Then the student works to apply that style to the rest of the section, and the editor checks the results.

Inquiries: to inquire about this service, please send an email to Professor Petchko at or to the editor at

Please attach your manuscript and include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Your name and student ID number
  • Program name
  • Type of paper


During the tutorial process we examine your paper and determine what aspects of the writing are in need of remediation or improvement, as follows.

1. Argument presentation

We check that:

  • the content of the manuscript is coherent and clearly presented;
  • all the sections of the manuscript contain appropriate information;
  • all necessary information is included in each section;
  • the statement of purpose adequately and logically orients the reader;
  • the conceptualization of and rationale for the study is clear;
  • the method is described clearly and in sufficient detail so as to allow replication; and
  • the discussion tracks the train of argument closely.

2. Writing style

We check your writing style, with attention to details including:

  • consistency in word choice, concepts, and thematic development, from the title all the way to the conclusion;
  • smoothness and economy of expression;
  • precision and clarity;
  • appropriate level of formality (i.e. formal academic English);
  • correctness and uniformity of punctuation and abbreviations;
  • formatting of tables and figures, headings, and citations;
  • conformity to journal or dissertation style conventions;
  • correctness and uniformity of punctuation and abbreviations; and
  • formatting of tables and figures, headings, and citations.

3. Rhetorical effectiveness check

We comment on readability problems including:

  • weak cohesion (sentence to sentence / paragraph to paragraph);
  • missing or incorrectly used logical connectors;
  • broken or overly complex sentence structure;
  • subject-verb separation problems;
  • faulty or vague pronoun reference;
  • weak topic-stress arrangement; and
  • lack of clarity or strength in claims and hedges.

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