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Dissertation Perfection

Professional Editing of Doctoral Proposals and Dissertations

Assisting Professionals in Academia 

For additional information, email us at: dissertationperfection@gmail.com


We are very selective and only employ editors with Ed.Ds or Ph.Ds and who have extensive experience with chairing dissertations. Our editors have taught graduate research courses at Research 1 and 2 universities such as 
Virginia Tech, University of Wyoming, Lamar University, Idaho State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Sam Houston State University, Abilene Christian UniversityUniversity of Tennessee, Valdosta State University, Texas A&M University/Kingsville, University of Texas, El Paso, University of Southern Florida, and University of Nevada Las Vegas. Our Senior Editors are required to have a solid background in research training: including research design, statistical analysis, and report writing. Editors have published work in both manuscripts and full-length books, have extensive experience as peer-reviewers for academic journals, are Founding Editors of several professional journals, and possess extensive familiarity with the dissertation review and publication processes.

What makes Dissertation Perfection different, more reasonably priced,

and more professional than other dissertation editorial services?

1.     We employ highly qualified and experienced Senior Editors (see posted Curriculum Vitas below), each with experience chairing over 100 doctoral candidates from several different universities, and each with expert knowledge of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide. We align your Senior Editor with your specific research design (Each of our three Senior Editors has special knowledge and experience with either Qualitative, Quantitative, or Mixed-Methods).

2.     Dissertation Perfection does not use ‘page count’ as a factor in quoting a fee. Instead, we look closely at existing style and formatting and judge our service from those two factors.

3.   Dissertation Perfection does not charge an ‘hourly rate’ – the fee we quote is the fee you pay – regardless of the number of hours required.

4.    Dissertation Perfection guarantees a review turn-around of your Dissertation (Tier 1) or Proposal (Tier 2) in 2-3 days.

5.    Our reviews consist of five layers of review:

       1. Thorough format and style review of Chapters 1,2,3,4,5;

       2. Our review includes Front Matter, Tables and Figures, Reference Section Cross-Check, and Appendices;

       3. Alignment with your college or university Dissertation Handbook;

       4. Cross-check for Dissertation Perfection Words Not to Use; and

       5. Additional review through Grammarly software analyses (text evaluation tool).

6.   Dissertation Perfection provides our clients with THREE complimentary services (as part of your contracted fee):

       1. FREE and unlimited access (via email or phone) to your Senior Editor for any follow-up questions or clarifications desired after your review is received; and

       2. FREE enrollment in Instructional Module: Now, What Do I Do with My Dissertation?  Details: Click on New  Doc Syllabus from the top Menu Bar for information.

       3. Peer-reviewed publication of dissertation in the International Journal of Dissertation Research in Education (IJDRE). Details at: https://www.dissertationperfection.org/dissertation-publications/

Who are the Senior Editors?

Dr. Theodore Creighton, Executive Director, and Senior Editor

Ted received his Ed.D. from the University of California at Davis and is Professor Emeritus from Virginia Tech, where he served as Program Director for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  Previously, he taught at the University of Wyoming, Idaho State University, and Sam Houston State University where he served as the Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership. Creighton has served as the Dissertation Chair of over 100 doctoral students, and though mostly quantitative methodologies, many were qualitative and mixed methods designs.  Prior to his experience in higher education, Dr. Creighton served as both a Principal and Superintendent of Schools in Fresno County, California.   

Dr. Rikki Hatfield, Senior Editor

Rikki is one of our most recent Senior Editors and joins us with special emphasis on qualitative research. Dr. Hatfield received her Masters Degree from Arizona State University and recently received her Ed.D. from the American College of Education. Dr. Hatfield's dissertation investigated the Contributing Factors Influencing Parents to Leave Traditional Public Schools and Enroll in a Charter School in North Carolina: A Mixed-Methods Case Study. Rikki has extensive knowledge of and experience with qualitative research and mixed-methods research and in addition, joins us with special emphasis on the use of MAXQDA, a premier qualitative analysis software. Dr. Hatfield has taught in three states: Washington, Arizona,  and North Carolina.     


Dissertation Perfection Senior Editors specialize in the APA Style Guide. The APA Style Manual is commonly applied in the social and behavioral sciences, including the fields of business, education, and psychology.

VandenBos, G. R. (Ed). (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Note: Dissertation Perfection will be using 7th Edition beginning in January 2020. 

A Comprehensive Description of Our Reviews 

Dissertation Perfection Senior Editors follow the APA Manual very closely.  For example, our reviews parallel the APA Manual's Contents at a Glance.

1.  Mechanics of Style
     Punctuation, Spelling, Italics, Abbreviations, Use of Numbers, and Statistical and      Mathematical Language

2.  Writing Clearly and Concisely
    Manuscript Structure and Content,Organization and Writing

    Style,ReducingBias,Grammar and Usage

3.  Displaying Results

      Appropriate Formatting of Tables, Figures, or Other Visual Additions

4.  Crediting Sources

      Direct Quotation of Sources, Citing References in Text, Referencing Electronic Sources,        and Cross-checking References in Text and Reference Section. 

5.  Dissertation Perfection Words Not To Use  in Academic Writing

     Suggestions for Words Not To Use including Why To Avoid and to Replace With

Specific Initial Areas of Review:

  • Check that your work complies with your institutional style guidelines
  • Check appropriate heading levels and accurate Table of Contents
  • Review table titles and figure captions and inclusion of accurate lists of tables and figures
  • Ensure page numbers are in the correct locations and formats
  • Inspect proper line spacing and paragraph indentation
  • Check block quotations and other text artifacts according to your style guidelines
  • Make certain figures and tables comply with style guidelines

Dissertation Perfection's

Three-Tiered Review System


In Tier 1, Dissertation Perfection will conduct a full review of the Dissertation (Chapters 1,2,3,4, and 5) including Front Matter and Reference Section. Expectations are that the candidate will already have a substantive dissertation draft (one that has been through Chair and Committee member review but, perhaps needing a final review by one of our Senior Editors). Tier 1 fee is based on the draft submitted for review, of which we will respond with a free quotation in 12-24 hours.

Unlimited Access to Senior Editor

Clients are provided email and phone contact with their Senior Editor during and anytime 'after' the contracted review, should there be follow up questions or clarifications desired. The relationship is complimentary and ongoing if desired. 


In Tier 2, Dissertation Perfection will review any part of the Proposal (Chapter 1, or 2, or 3) or the entire Proposal (Chapters 1, 2, 3).  This service is to assist the doctoral candidate in the right APA path early on. We work closely with the candidate (and the chair if desired). Our belief (based on years of chairing dissertations) is that the sooner the candidate can become familiar with and develop expertise with the APA guidelines, the better. Our task is to help the candidate transition from a ‘conversational writer/researcher’ to a ‘scholarly writer/researcher.’  In a real sense, waiting until the doctoral dissertation stage to address the intricacies of APA, is not productive in the long run.  Many candidates have already established good APA knowledge and habits and would be ready for our Tier 1. Others may need some more time and effort early on.  Though our fees are dependent on a timely review of the work desired, we would anticipate a significant reduction in fees compared to our Tier 1.  

Unlimited Access to Senior Editor
Clients are provided email and phone contact with their Senior Editor during and anytime 'after' the contracted review, should there be follow up questions or clarifications desired. The relationship is complimentary and ongoing if desired.


In Tier 3, Dissertation Perfection assists with the data collection and data analyses (Chapter 4) of either a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods methodology. Specifically, we assign a Senior Editor (with the experience and expertise of the selected methodology) to work with the doc candidate making certain the structure and design of the study are appropriately based on the candidate's study. Tier 3 fee is based on the draft submitted for review, of which we will respond with a free quotation in 12-24 hours.

Unlimited Access to Senior Editor

Clients are provided email and phone contact with their Senior Editor during and anytime 'after' the contracted review, should there be follow up questions or clarifications desired. The relationship is complimentary and ongoing if desired. 

Submission Steps Made Simple

  1. Email us a draft of your Dissertation (Tier 1) or Proposal (Tier 2) or Methodology (Tier 3) and send to: dissertationperfection@gmail.com
  2. If your institution or department has dissertation guidelines, we request either a copy or a link to a website for us to access.  This is an important step since as a general rule, the guidelines of the institution that will approve or publish your writing always take precedence.
  3. We will review your draft and provide an estimate of time and fee within 24 hours.  Your writing style is a major factor in determining the time required and the types of edits we will need to make. We are not a company giving you an estimate based on Page or Word Count - we are committed to providing you an estimate based on a thorough review of your entire dissertation.
  4. If you decide to proceed with Dissertation Perfectionconfirm by sending us an email and we will then email an invoice that you can pay online using Credit Card with the (secure) Virtual Terminal here on our website.
  5. The Senior Editor will complete their edits and email you a final revised  Proposal or Dissertation within 1-3 days.  We use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word so you can see every change and comment.
  6. We remain available and you will always have access to your Senior Editor afterward in case you have questions or desire clarifications.


Dissertation Perfection: committed to scholarly reviews of your Dissertation and to support and encourage you to contribute to the knowledge base in education.  We believe strongly that doctoral graduates have a responsibility to move beyond the mistaken notion that a dissertation is the finish line.  Dissertation Perfection believes the dissertation is really the 'beginning.'  And, to assume sharing your research is accomplished by adding your dissertation to the library electronic database (to spend eternity), is not the answer.

Dissertation Perfection Purposeto disseminate the results of doctoral research in education and related fields. Practical interest is to publish doctoral dissertation research: (a) to provide doctoral students (and their advisors) a specific publishing outlet for the dissemination of their research, (b) to assist doctoral students in successfully publishing their work, and (c) to provide the field at large a significant and specialized database of the most recent studies, findings, and implications. In addition, such a database will continue to serve up and coming doctoral students with a literature review that is most current and dynamic.

No Additional Fee:  Your Senior Editor who conducts your dissertation review will also assist with preparing your manuscript for submission to a professional peer-reviewed journal aligned with the topic of your dissertation. This is an optional feature of Dissertation Perfection, and if interested, there is no additional fee beyond the fee for your dissertation review.  For further information email: dissertationperfection@gmail.edu

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Upon our review and analysis of your submitted document (Proposal or Dissertation), we will return two documents to you: (1) the unedited draft copy and (2) the copy with our review and suggestions for improvement.  The fee paid to Dissertation Perfection has no return policy and cannot be refunded.

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