Editorial Assistance Program

The Graduate Student Association provides editorial support to fee paying UB graduate students. These services are for the graduate students who are preparing term papers, theses, dissertations, articles for publication, and other writing projects. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail with individual questions and concerns.

Editorial Assistance

GSA provides free editorial assistance in order to help graduate students improve the quality of papers and dissertations. This is a proofreading/copyediting service that typically uses the Microsoft Word “Track Changes” feature. 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. Thus, 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 seeking outside assistance, and we will notify students when submissions require substantial revisions for (and beyond) grammar, punctuation, and coherence. That is, editorial assistance is not a drop-off service only; when editorial concerns require instructional support, students should make a reasonable effort to work with advisors in their revisions. As a proofreading service, you can reasonably assume we may not know the specific needs of your discipline.

To that end, 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. Nevertheless, editors maintain the highest professional conduct.

Please read the following documents carefully before submitting your work:

Editorial Assistance Request Form

Editorial Assistance Checklist

Submissions may be delivered either electronically OR as a hard copy (electronic is preferred, though 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. Microsoft Word files only.

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. The GSA can only serve students who pay the Mandatory Student Fee.