Checking your Dissertation before Submission



By Marilyn Simon and Jim Goes

In proposal and dissertation work, checking your writing writing, logic, and presentation is essential. Detail matters.  As longtime dissertation chairs (each of us has mentored well over 100 doctoral graduates to completion), one of the most common problems we see with doctoral learners is a failure to learn from mistakes, and to pay attention to details that have the potential to scuttle their efforts.

When your dissertation chair or committee member provides you with detailed reviews, and makes specific suggestions for revision, they expect you to learn and not to repeat errors or problems that have already been discussed.  Nothing frustrates your chair and committee more than errors, omissions, or problems that have previously been discussed, but continue to show up in your drafts!  

In short, we expect you to learn from your mistakes, and not repeat them…again and again. We have developed a Dissertation Checklist that highlights common errors and problems that you must resolve BEFORE you submit your proposal or dissertation for review by your chair, committee members, or school/university level reviewers.

Taking the time to check your work against this checklist prior to submission for review makes your committee happier, your success in the review cycle more likely, and the time it takes to go through the process shorter, saving you money and effort.

Click the link below to download the checklist.

Dissertation Check List