Thesis and Dissertation Formatting

Finishing your dissertation or thesis is stressful enough… Let us tackle your final obstacle: formatting.

We all need help sometimes, especially when it comes to academic writing. No matter their background—whether returning to school to get a higher degree or continuing into graduate school straight out of college—many of our clients find that they don’t possess the necessary graduate-level writing skills that their programs require of them. We understand perfectly: you’ve spent years acquiring the specialized knowledge needed to excel in your field or industry, and learning how to write in a scholarly or technical manner wasn’t your priority. Although it may come as a surprise, you don’t have to be an excellent writer to successfully complete a dissertation or thesis. That’s where EditingWorm comes in!

We Offer

PhD-level editors who are intimately familiar with the minutiae of the dissertation/thesis editing process
Formatting experts well versed in the intricacies of APA, Chicago, Turabian, MLA, Harvard, and Oxford citation style guides, among others
Quick turnaround to ensure that your final product is submitted polished and on time
Fluency in countless university-specific formatting requirements, including Walden, Oklahoma State University, Northcentral, Fielding, Stanford, Nova Southeastern, Drexel, Liberty, UC Berkeley, Western Governors, Argosy, UCSD, NYU, Kaplan, Trident, USC, Oxford, University of the Rockies, University of Utah, Wilmington, University of Kentucky, Northeastern, University of Colorado, University of Washington, UCLA, and many more—we master your university’s dissertation/thesis formatting requirements so that you don’t have to!
A complimentary round of follow-up revisions if any modifications are made once we return the formatted document to you

Our Formatting Services Include:

Correctly formatted dissertations/theses that meet citation style guides and university guidelines

Cross-checking of all in-text and reference list citations with the flagging of any missing citations

Consulting services for specialized assistance with table and figure creation and the presentation of data

Layout formatting that pays particular attention to front matter, table of contents (automated or manual), lists of tables and figures (automated or manual), headers, page numbering, table and figure formatting, appendices, etc.

Benefits of EditingWorm Formatting:


All members of EditingWorm’s formatting team have completed graduate degrees, meaning that we have faced many of the same formatting challenges as you.


Our reasonable prices make us accessible to students living on a graduate/ professional school budget.


We guarantee that our formatting changes will be ready in time for your filing deadline. That’s why we offer an industry-leading five-day turnaround time for documents under 100 pages and a brief ten-day turnaround time for documents over 100 pages in length. Need it sooner than that? No problem! Our rush services will take care of that!


We know that formatting for both citation style guides and university requirements is an agonizing final hurdle on the way to completing your graduate or professional degree. You’ve done the hard work, so let us take the stress out of this final obstacle on the path to graduation.


Unlike some editing agencies, our experts are happy to work with you to meet any developing needs. If any last-minute issues come up with your final manuscript, we will make sure to address them.


As a full-service editing company, we not only provide formatting services, but we’re also available to provide dissertation editing support at any time. For more information, visit Dissertation & Thesis Editing

Formatting Packages

We provide three different options for dissertation/thesis formatting to meet your individual needs

Citation Formatting

Our formatting experts will ensure the accurate format of all in-text (parenthetical or footnote) and reference list (References, Works Cited, or Bibliography) citations according to a standard style guide (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, Harvard, Oxford). All citations will be cross-checked and any missing references will be flagged.

Layout Formatting

Our formatting experts will ensure the accurate layout of your dissertation/thesis according to a standard style guide (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, Harvard, Oxford) and/or university style manual. This includes attention to front matter, Table of Contents, Lists of Tables and Figures, headers, page numbering, table and figure formatting, appendices, etc.

Combined Citation and Layout Formatting

Our formatting experts correctly format and cross-check all in-text and reference list citations to a specified style guide, in addition to ensuring accurate layout of your dissertation/thesis to a style guide or university style manual.

Turnaround time

APA Formatting Tips:

En Dash

The en dash is generally used between dates or page numbers (i.e. pp. 95–97) and can be either copied from this webpage or created on a PC by holding down Control+ “-” and Mac by holding down Option+ “-”

Capitalization of Titles in the Reference Section

Only capitalize the first word in a title, the first word after a colon, and proper nouns.

Capitalization outside of Titles

The easiest way to know when to capitalize a word in your document is to remember that names (of people, companies, websites, etc.) are capitalized and concepts are not. “Occam” is capitalized, because it is a proper name, but the word “razor” in “Occam’s razor” is not.

Numeral Usage

You generally want to spell out a number when it is nine or lower but use numerals when the number is 10 or higher. These rules hold true even when a mixture of numbers are included in a single sentence (i.e. “Mr. Murphy owns 15 cats and four dogs.”)

Read Katrina’s recent blog article to learn the ins and outs of the thesis/dissertation submission process.

Submiting your dissertation: what you need to know

Ensure your thesis, dissertation, or manuscript is perfectly formatted and ready for submission. Get a quote for our formatting service now.

Why Editingworm?

Experts in higher education who understand what it takes to excel
Academic editors with PhDs and intimate knowledge of industry standards
Consistently high-quality services that you can depend on
Personalized, responsive customer service throughout the editing process
Adherence to a strict code of ethics, promoting the values of honesty, integrity, respect, trust, open communication, and confidentiality

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