The Graduate Student Association provides the following services through the Graduate Writing Center: Editorial Assistance and Tutorial Support. These services are provided for the assistance of Graduate Students who are preparing term papers, theses, dissertations, articles for publication, curricula vitae, and other writing projects. Please feel free to visit us during posted office hours, or contact us via e-mail, with questions and/or appointment requests.
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GSA provides free Editorial Assistance in order to help graduate students improve the quality of their papers and dissertations. Editors help students with basic proof-reading. Turnaround times may vary according to the length of the submission, the amount of editing required, and the number of projects pending with the editors. Please allow up to 3 weeks for completion. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please note: This program should not be used as a substitute for thesis guidance and/or a structured teaching program. Students are responsible for attending tutorial sessions, or seeking outside assistance, if submissions require substantial revisions for grammar, punctuation, and coherence. Editorial assistance is not a drop-off service only; when editorial concerns require instructional support, students must make a reasonable effort to work with our editors in revising and resubmitting their own work, or in seeking outside assistance when recommended. Priority will be given to those students who have met with an editor and have submitted a contract that includes anticipated deadlines, a schedule for revisions, and instructional support.
Editors cannot be held responsible for omissions, errors, or delays since this is not a paid professional service. Editors, who are also UB graduate students, are not directly obligated, through any contract to other students, for services provided. However, we assure you that the editors maintain the highest professional conduct. Please be patient with editors so that they may better assist you with your work.
The GSA can only serve graduate students who pay the Student Mandatory Fee.
Please read the following documents carefully before submitting your work:
Submissions may be delivered either electronically OR as a hard copy. Hard copies of your work may be delivered to the GSA offices at 310 Student Union.
Papers must be double-spaced, with one inch margins and use 12pt. Times New Roman font.
Please fill out the Editorial Assistance Request Form, and read the Editorial Assistance Checklist before submitting your work. Details are outlined in the documents above.
Please allow up to 3 weeks for completion of all editing jobs.
Tutorial services are available during office hours and by appointment. We will work with students on a case by case basis, generally offering support with writing assignments and other concerns related to course work, dissertations, and the publication of academic articles.
Because each student has differing individual needs, please note that individual meetings vary from person to person (e.g., the time if would take to assist you in copy editing)
GSA Editorial Service Hours
Spring 2015 Editorial Office Hours:
Mondays 8:30am – 11:00am
Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am and 11:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesdays 8:30am – 11:00am
Thursdays 9:30am – 10:30am and 2:00 – 5:00pm