Writing a (pre)seminar, bachelor’s or thesis is a lot of work, and typing the last word, the last content update, the last reference check promises immense relief. But the work process does not end there. The work still needs to be proofread and possibly printed and bound. You can find out who to contact for support and how much time to plan here:
Who doesn’t know: The deadline is just around the corner and you’re happy to finally finish the work. The last thing you want is the stress of finding the right editor for the job or a printer that will print and bind the job at a reasonable price. Although many lecturers now accept work digitally, there are still those who would like to hand in the work in printed form and bind it. It is therefore important to leave enough time so that the work can be submitted on time.
give work to the editors
The easiest way to proofread your work is certainly with your classmates. You can often swap jobs and correct each other. This works especially well for (pro) term papers. But the bigger and more important the job, the more likely one will seek out a professional service to get the best possible result.
If the paper is written in English and your supervisor agrees, it can be professionally edited in Language Center at the University of Basel be presented. Since 2018, the proofreading service of the Language Center has been available for theses that are not to be published. Your work will be read by professional editors or academic editors. After you send an application with a reading sample (approx. 800-1000 words), you will receive feedback from the Language Center within three days whether your work can be processed by the deadline you request. You will receive a contract with information about the scope of your proofreading and agreed deadlines. Works of up to 6,000 words are proofread in the following seven days. Bachelor and diploma theses can usually be returned within eight to twelve days. You then have the opportunity to view the repairs up close and ask questions if something is not clear to you. This service costs CHF 1.90 per 100 words. Since, according to the Language Center, most requests for such corrections have so far been for work in English, the service has not yet been extended to other languages. In the case of a work intended for publication, Academic editing service to be entitled
Several classmates contacted me on request about work in other languages Scribbr recommended. However, this can be very expensive for a thesis of up to 80 pages. of cost calculator on the website can help you estimate the price. Another offer for proofreading comes from Gabriela Venetz, who also works at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Basel. It operates an editorial and proofreading service focus-lingua.
And another tip: If you get stuck while writing your diploma thesis or need help with the wording, structure or textual coherence of the scientific thesis, you can get this in the language center “Cover Letter” service. book – for both German and English texts.
Have your work printed and bound
Printing and binding a job can not only be stressful, but it can also drain your budget. It is good to know that some banks support or take over the printing and binding of university theses. As a young Raiffeisen member, you get one A 30-franc voucher for printing your work. With a private student account on BLKB, you can even do your work for free via Have BLKB print center print and bind.
Otherwise, there are now many online services where you can upload your work, choose your paper and binding, and have your bound work shipped to your home. Be sure to compare prices and waiting times here to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Many service providers offer an express service where you can sometimes receive your printed work within 24 hours. Of course, this also affects the price.
By the way, if you’re not sure what paper to choose: Regular printing paper has a weight of 80 g/m² and can serve as a reference.