Scribbr Improvement model

Editing theses is a discipline in its own right. Our editors take into account the academic style you need to write in when editing your thesis. Specifically for this reason, we have developed the Scribbr Improvement Model©. When reviewing your thesis, your editor will look at all its components. However, please note that we never check the substantive contents of your document.

The Scribbr Improvement Model© is divided into two parts: reviewing your language and reviewing your academic writing.

Improvement Model Part 1 – Reviewing your language

Area of ConcernSpecific topic
1. Have all words been spelled correctly?General spelling mistakes and typos
Compound nouns
Compound adjectives
UK vs. US spelling
2. Have the right words been used?Articles
Word choice
Phrasal verbs
Linking words
3. Have the sentences been written correctly?Subject-verb agreement
Verb choice for collective nouns (singular vs. plural)
Word order in simple sentences
Word order in complex sentences
Word order in lists
Verb tense
Missing words
Sentence fragments
4. Has the correct punctuation been used?Commas
Quotation marks
Long dashes
5. How is the style? Minimizing passive constructions
Avoiding awkward constructions
Avoiding overly long and complicated sentences
Using appropriate sentence starts
Using varied vocabulary
Using varied sentence structure
6. Is there consistency? Spelling
Verb tense (within paragraphs or sections)
General punctuation
Serial (“Oxford”) commas
Quotation marks

Improvement Model Part 2 – Reviewing your academic writing

Area of concernSpecific topic
1. Does the text have an academic tone?Using academic vocabulary
Avoiding inappropriate words and phrases
Avoiding vague and redundant formulations
2. Are quotations written correctly?Making changes to quoted text
Using correct punctuation in citations
Spelling mistakes in citations
3. Are numbers written correctly?Using words or numerals to express numbers
Using commas and periods in numbers
Using symbols and units with numbers
4. Are abbreviations written correctly? Properly introducing abbreviations
Consistently using abbreviations
Following other abbreviation rules
5. Are point of view/voice choices appropriate?Avoiding the first person voice (when requested)
Avoiding the second person voice
Using a consistent voice
6. Is the writing understandable?Avoiding unclear sentences
Using tenses that are appropriate for different sections of a thesis