Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does PhDeX Services offer formal accreditation for higher degrees such as the PhD?
  2. Why can the services provided by PhDeX be appropriate for an examiner’s report for a PhD or other higher degree candidate?
  3. Why would you choose PhDeX Thesis Examination Services?
  4. Is PhDeX a paper writing service?
  5. Is there any plagiarism involved?
  6. Where is our business located?
  7. Why should you and your institution trust PhDeX Thesis Examination Services?
  8. What makes us a unique, professional service?
  9. Can we edit draft technical reports and other works for scientific publication?
  10. How negotiable is the price for using PhDeX services for thesis examination and manuscript editing?

Q1. Does PhDeX Services offer formal accreditation for higher degrees such as the PhD?
A. No. PhDeX only provides expert opinion on the standard of a scholarly piece of work with respect to the standards required if the thesis or disseration was to be submitted to an Australian University for examination. This opinion is provided in a standard format.

Q2. Why can the services provided by PhDeX be appropriate for an examiner’s report for a PhD or other higher degree candidate?
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In Australian as in other developed Western countries, it is usually mandatory for theses to be examined by “experts” in the field and the report sent to the Examination Committee at the candidate’s home university department or institute. So as to provide an unbiased assessment of the merits of the thesis, such examiners are usually resident in a department, institute, university, city or even a country which is distinct from that of the student’s home university department or institute. PhDeX Thesis Examination Services matches the research area of the thesis to that of academic or qualified researcher located within an Australian research institute or university.

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Q3. Why would you choose PhDeX Thesis Examination Services?
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  1. Firstly, the level of examination of the thesis offered by PhDeX would reflect the standard considered appropriate for the award of a PhD or other higher-degree or qualification at an Australian University or equivalent accredited institute. This ensures standards reflect international, best practice.
  2. Secondly, PhDeX Thesis Examination Services is able to quickly match the subject of the thesis to that of an accredited academic or research scientist within Australia and to provide a uniform, high-level report on the suitability of the thesis for PhD or other accreditation, and to offer constructive criticisms and review of the work. This overcomes the difficulties that other Universities may have in finding suitably qualified thesis examiners who are of international standing in their field.
  3. Thirdly, PhDeX offers a very quick turnaround time for thesis examinations which is often not available through other reviewers and examiners.

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Q4. Is PhDeX a paper writing service?
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No. PhDeX Thesis Examination Services is unlike all other student or other paper writing services. We offer only to give an expert unbiased critique of a piece of scientific work (be it a thesis or a technical paper) in terms of its suitability for acceptance for some higher degree award, or for International Journal submission and subsequent formatting for publication. We also offer services which will allow high-level scientific editing of technical papers in the life sciences so as they will conform to international, peer-review scrutiny for journal publication. This service is quite distinct from those services that offer to write essays, theses and the like on behalf of the student and which rely on just “cut and paste” of information from diverse sources.

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Q5. Is there any plagiarism involved?
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Our core business is to provide high-level examination and technical editing. As such we do not need to “invent” text in any way. Therefore the sourcing of additional material over and above that provided by our client, is not necessary. Unlike other businesses that “create” works on behalf of their clients, “cutting and pasting” and therefore the opportunity to plagiarize, is not an issue or a practice we are involved in.

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Q6. Where is our business located?
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PhDeX Thesis Examination Services is located in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. It is an Australian owned company with a wide network of Australian academics and researchers whom it can call on to provide, fast, professional, and internationally-recognized excellence in the life and biomedical sciences. See our Contact page for address details.

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Q7. Why should you and your institution trust PhDeX Thesis Examination Services/ Technical Writing and Editing Services?
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We believe we are providing a unique and much needed service. We are keen to build this business with ongoing repeat business and referrals. We will provide the highest level of professional opinion and critique in accord with the formats provided, and which will be within the time-frame you specify and/or agree to. Furthermore, we will offer on-going advice as well as services so as to bring a technical/scientific report up to international standard in terms of being correctly written and formatted for publication assessment by the editorial boards of international, peer-reviewed journals.

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Q8. What makes us a unique, professional service?
Answer 1.

In terms of thesis examination: Currently, there are often difficulties in getting a thesis examined by a recognised expert in the field; and this may be the case particularly if the institute or department the higher-degree student is enrolled in, is not well known internationally. This can lead to extensive delays in the examination of theses which could significantly impact on the student’s career goals.

PhDeX Thesis Examination Services circumvents these difficulties by quickly matching the research area of the submitted thesis to a suitably qualified Australian academic or research worker from an established institute. A timely, technical, scientific and academic opinion and critique of the thesis is provided by PhDeX which could be used by the host department’s higher degree examination board, which will provide expert input for final assessment of that student’s suitability to be awarded the degree.

The report will also contain helpful advice and suggestions to improve the work, as well as providing a list of questions relevant to the thesis which could be used by the host department for further evaluation such as in a viva or examination board setting. PhDeX can also be contracted to scientifically edit the thesis and assist in preparation.

Answer 2.
In terms of scientific editing: Career prospects, tenure, grant support and international recognition come from scholarly publication of one's research work. Therefore professional input, advice and editing are essential in our competative scientific world.

Technical writing and formatting of research reports into a form suitable for submission to high-profile (ie high citation index), peer-reviewed, international scientific journals, is a skill that can only be built up over time, mainly through a “trial and error” approach. Continued rejection on the grounds of improper use of English, poor editing, bad syntax or data layout, or any one of the many other things required before notification of acceptance for journal publication is given, can severely hold back the career or promotional aspirations of a researcher or research group. This is particularly the case, where publication is required for continued tenure, or the awarding of new or continuing research grant funds.
PhDeX Services therefore offers high level editing of research papers which will overcome the problems associated with assembling a research paper in a correct style for journal submission. PhDeX will advise and assist with this task on a fee-for-service basis.

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Q9. Can we edit draft technical reports and other works for scientific publication?
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Yes. PhDeX can assist and advise in the proper editing of reports so that they can of a standard acceptable for publication in high-impact, international journals. In addition we can advise of what additional data may be needed to bring a piece of work up to a specified standard and whether the methodology, sample size, use of appropriate controls, degree of reproducibility etc. are appropriate for the target journal.

PhDeX services can also assist in the presentation of scientific material for seminars, posters and oral contributions to scientific conferences.

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Q10. How negotiable is the price for using PhDeX services for thesis examination and manuscript editing?
Answer 1.
For thesis examination, our prices are based on an estimate of the time required by a qualified academic or research researcher in the field or closely related to the field covered by the thesis, to read the submitted work and give a sound critique and opinion in the appropriate format. We do not activate the processing until we have provided you with a firm and agreed-to quotation on the work you have submitted for examination.

We will give a discounted price should you require the thesis to be examined by more than one independent examiner and this will be in our quotation. We will also give a discount should you require a report on more than one thesis at any one time.

Answer 2. For assistance in preparation and editing for first-time journal submission or for revisions required by the journal that relate to layout, proper use of English in the scientific context, generation of appropriate data sets, referencing etc, or for other stipulated work, we will provide you with a competitive quotation within two days again based on the time we feel it would take an experienced editor and scientific writer to bring the work up to the standard required. We would commence work immediately we receive your payment, and forward the completed work to you within the time-frame specified.

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