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

After years of working on your graduate degree, the end is in sight! As you prepare for your final dissertation/thesis defense, it is important to remember that most universities have strict formatting guidelines for dissertation and thesis submission. These painful formatting requirements are in addition to whatever style guide you are using (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.). Thankfully, our formatting experts are well versed in both university and style guide standards for dissertation and thesis formatting.

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
  • 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!
  • Quick turnaround to ensure that your final product is submitted polished and on time
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Consulting services for specialized assistance with table and figure creation and the presentation of data

Benefits of EditingWorm Formatting:

  • Understanding—All members of EditingWorm’s formatting team have completed graduate degrees, meaning that we have faced many of the same formatting challenges as you.
  • Affordability—Our reasonable prices make us accessible to students living on a graduate/ professional school budget.
  • Speed—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!
  • Ease—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.
  • Communication—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.
  • Flexibility—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

We want your thesis/dissertation to be a document that you can be proud of for life. That’s why we focus not only on speed, but also on accuracy and client satisfaction.

Formatting Packages

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





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.

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.

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. MOST POPULAR

  • Length of 100 pages or less: 5 days
  • Length of over 100 pages: 10 days
  • NOTE: Rush services are available for an additional fee.

    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.