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Intro to Form and Style Review

The Form and Style Review is conducted by Walden University’s dissertation editors, and is one of the 7 Stages of Approval during the capstone process. Each dissertation, doctoral study, and project study (capstone) at Walden University will go through this process. The Form and Style Review occurs once the committee has approved the final document and the URR passes it on to our Center.

Dissertation editors will provide a student with a review of their document. The review will be focused on APA Style (including writing style, citations, references, and tables and figures), scholarly tone, voice, and Walden and Proquest document formatting requirements. Using MS Word Track Changes, we begin by completing a line edit of the first chapter or section of the capstone.  We then conduct a review of 10-15 pages of each remaining chapter or section. Following that, we line edit the first few pages of the references as well as check the formatting and information contained in the appendices. We will also format tables and figures according to APA Style.

When we return the document, we will include a cover letter where we explain the general types of changes that we have implemented, as well as general comments for improvement going forward. We also include a Form and Style Checklist to help the student with any other changes that may need to be made.

Editor Office Hours

Office hours for July 2017 through December 2017 (in Central time). There are no office hours on Saturdays or Sundays. Additionally, office hours will not be available during the following holidays and staff retreats: 7/4, 9/4, 11/23, 11/24, and 12/25.

Mon* 9:00 am–11:00 am
Tue 8:30 am–10:30 am
Wed 9:00 am–11:00 am
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am–12:00 noon
Fri 9:00 am–11:00 am

* Monday’s Editor Office Hours are with our multilingual expert, who is available to answer your American Academic English questions.



Please see our Office Hours Policy for details on what types of questions we can answer.