Official Editing and Proofreading of Dissertations and Theses​

As of August 27, 2018 it has become the policy that the Center for Writing and Academic Success will provide students an internal editor to make sure that all dissertations, theses, or final degree projects meet the APA and Saybrook standard for format and style. All students are required to formally request an editor from the Center once they have successfully defended their document and obtained approval for submission. The style guides, the cost, and the submission and timeline are described below.

Styl​​e Guides

The two style guides are the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2019) Seventh Edition and the Saybrook Handbook of Format and Style (2020), Sixth Edition. The APA style manual can also be purchased from any vendor.


Starting August 31, 2020, the cost for dissertation/thesis finalization is covered by student fees and tuition.


For instructions on submitting your defended dissertation or thesis and beginning the finalization process, you will need to contact the writing center: [email protected].

Once you've completed the process with the finalization editor, The Center will sign off on the document by submitting the approval form with the document to the Registrar. Approval forms and documents will only be accepted by the Registrar directly from the Center for Writing and Academic Success, NOT the student.


Students should allow sufficient time for the completion of this process in order to meet the graduation deadline. Ordinarily editors/proofreaders are expected to approve or return documents to students in no more than two weeks time (preferably less), unless a special arrangement has been made with the student. For students in rare and extreme circumstances, a special exemption can be made for allowing an outside editor at student's cost and arrangement provided that the editor is on the approved list of editors for reviewing and finalizing Saybrook dissertations and theses. For a list of approved outside editors, contact writing center director Peter Fontaine at [email protected].