Is the formatting of your thesis giving you a headache? Let us do the formatting and layout for you!

Even before the first word of your academic work is read – whether it is an assignment, thesis or dissertation – the external presentation has already left an initial, lasting impression. A poorly bound thesis with formatting or even spelling errors on the cover sheet is immediately subjected to a much tougher review than a properly formatted work with a well-designed title page.

What do you need to watch out for when doing the formatting and layout of your work?

Normally, individual faculties of colleges and universities outline specifically what is expected in a formal respect from your academic work. In so doing, a distinction is made between general requirements, which generally concern internal citations, and specific requirements for particular examinations such as the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral thesis. We recommend that you firstly adhere to your faculty’s typical approach and check the Internet for downloads of other examples of these documents, or inquire at your university – the faculty offices of individual departments will usually be able to help you with this. If you still have questions with respect to the proper formatting of your work, you should clarify any questions you might have in a preliminary interview with your instructor(s). This appointment needn’t only cover questions of content, but also formal questions about the scope of the work or even the formatting.

In general, the basic requirements of any academic work are similar in many details: A margin for corrections and comments next to the text, 1½ line spacing and a font size of 11 or 12 are compulsory in most subjects. Here, however, you should take note that precisely these details often differ from subject to subject, sometimes significantly. If you just compare two departments that you are studying in, for example, it may be that you have to follow different rules in each of these subjects when it comes to the external formatting of your work. Differences are even more pronounced when it comes to the specifications in individual subjects with regard to the form footnotes and citations must take. Some subjects place emphasis on seeing the full details of the source for each citation, and inserting it as a footnote on the same page. Other subjects, however, provide reference quotes in abbreviated form within the continuous text, and use footnotes for explanation of terms or for references. Still other subjects move the footnotes to the very end of a chapter, so as not to interrupt the flow of reading. In theses or dissertations, moreover, very detailed requirements are often stipulated, such as how the cover sheet must be formatted. Besides providing the title of the work, you also have to provide personal data as well as specifics about the university and the proofreaders.

What services are included with the formatting of an academic work?

We assume the formatting and layout for entire academic works. From the assignments to essays and project work to theses in the form of bachelor’s or master’s theses and dissertations, you can completely rely on us for anything to do with formatting. Once we have received your finished work, i.e. in an edited and revised form, our experts will check it for proper formatting and adjust the layout based on the requirements of your university. Depending on the format that you’ve used beforehand, we’ll proceed to optimize your layout or create a completely new one. In so doing, we adapt the table of contents, create literature lists, table lists and figures lists and adjust the page numbers accordingly. If your work contains graphs, charts or images, we can optimize those as well.

Especially when it comes to extensive academic work, irregularities in the citation methods or the general formatting can often occur. Benefit from editors’ expertise, allowing them to formally revise your assignment to a polished shine, enabling you to concentrate on more important projects or priorities in your busy life.

How can you get involved in the process?

The most important task you have when it comes to refining your formatting is asking for the specific requirements of your faculty at the university. We need the exact details with the appropriate requirements so we can adapt your academic work to these specifications exactly. If issues arise during the formatting that can only be solved in close consultation with your university or the teacher who is supervising your work, getting these answers is also a task that falls to you. Leave it to us to take on all tasks involved within the framework of layout optimization: From the setting of all line spacing, margins, and font sizes, to the pagination (the definition of page numbers) and the creation of dynamically updateable directories, to optimizing your literature and source directory, our service includes the full formatting and the optimization of the layout of your academic work. You still have questions about the formatting of your dissertation? Talk to us and we’ll prepare an offer tailored to your specific needs!