Thesis statement

The thesis statement must be present in every paper - be it an essay, a research paper, dissertation, or any other piece of writing (except for Questions/Answers type). The paper requirements mark is often reduced by an editor and professor due to this major omission.

The thesis statement is usually provided at the end of the first paragraph of the paper (the last sentence of the introduction paragraph).

Paragraph division

The introductory sentence must introduce an idea which is to be discussed throughout the paragraph and have a concluding sentence. It is not a conclusion to the whole paper. The last sentence concludes the paragraph itself exclusively.

Only one idea is discussed in one paragraph; another idea – another paragraph.

Too short (1 or 2-sentence paragraphs) or too long (the whole page is only one paragraph) paragraphs are NOT appropriate for academic papers.

Conclusion

For some reason, conclusion is omitted in a number of papers. All sections are of great importance, not only the Body section.

Conclusion should summarize the paper. No new information as well as quotations and in-text citations should be presented there.

Translation and Paraphrasing

For some reason, the writers often translate articles/papers from some other languages into English hoping to avoid plagiarism. This is NOT an option. Writers who do that get warnings and the order is reassigned.

Grammar

  • No “I, we” pronouns usage, unless required by the customer (in opinion essays, for example).

  • No contractions.

  • No idioms.

  • No phrasal verbs.

  • No colloquial words.

  • No too short or too long sentences

  • Avoid using bullet points in essay, as they are more appropriate for PowerPoint presentations.

  • No listing of information, especially when it comes to providing dates of birth of poets, politicians, etc.

  • No conjunctions at the beginning of the sentence (and, or, but);

  • No rhetorical questions (if it is not a requirement).

Sources/ references

Only English sources are valid. Inaccurate sources usage is the main demand for a refund.

Writers must understand that about.com, answers.com, ehow.com, wikipedia.org, SparkNotes, etc. are NOT valid sources.

Scholarly sources must be used ONLY. When it comes to books and articles, which can be found online, these sources must have an author, a date, and a place of publication, as well as volume and number.

Use only up-to-date sources (published within the last 5 years (in rare cases 10 years)).


Falsification of sources’ details is forbidden. Some writers change the dates of publication of old sources into more recent ones. Also, writers provide non-existent page numbers in in-text citations. Please remember that sources are being checked by editors and then customers’ professors. If it is proven that the source is inaccurate, the writer will be penalized and the order might be reassigned to another writer or even refunded.

Plagiarism

All the sources used in the paper need to be cited. If you add direct quotations, they should be given in quotation marks (+source information: author, date of publication page, etc. depending on the style). If paraphrasing, the source should also be indicated. Otherwise, the work is considered to be plagiarized.

Statistical data and dates as well as specific information (that is not common knowledge) must be always properly cited.

Too general and irrelevant information

At times, writers tend to provide too general and irrelevant information in the introduction/ and often in the body of the paper as well. Be specific and focus on the topic. Do not switch your writing to any related topics. E.g. When you are asked to write a critical analysis of the book, you should not devote a half of the page to author's biography. Not even a sentence. Focus on the book only.

Unclear paper requirements

If Description section is empty and there are no files attached, paper instructions MUST be clarified with Support team and the customer. Even if this section has some info, but it seems to be not clear enough or lacks some information (or the order seems to lack files), the writer MUST ask for clarifications. A topic only cannot be considered as full instructions!
It is the responsibility of the writer to ensure that the paper instructions are detailed and clear enough.

Word Count

1 page (Double spacing) – 300 words (+10%); 1 page (Single spacing) – 600 words (+10%)

However, if the customer orders a specific number of pages but wants much more/less words* to be written, word count has to be clarified with the customer/Support. (* much more – at least 1 page (300 words) more than ordered).

Exception:

If the customer provides a specific limit for words in the instructions, then that specific limit has to be followed. For example, the customer orders 2 pages Double, which is 600 words, but writes that he/she needs 500-550 words, then the paper has to be 550 words maximum, and not 600 words.

If the order is 4 pages Double, for example, which is 1200 words, and in the requirements it is written that the paper has to be 1300 words, then you should write 1300 words.

The title page information, Table of Contents, Abstract, footnotes, reference list, tables, graphs, etc. are NOT included to the total word count.

Abstract in APA papers

Writers must include Abstracts in Research papers of APA style, when the paper is of 5 or more pages.

When the order is less than 5 pages, then Abstract is required only if the customer specifically asks for it.

Remember that the Abstract is not a part of an introduction and it has a specific structure to be followed (Aim/methods/results) (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).

Abstract is not counted to the overall word count.

Replying to messages in the system

Please reply to ALL messages you receive – at least write “Ok.”

Some writers do not confirm understanding revision instructions and working on revision, which sometimes results in improper/partial handling of the request. In some cases, revisions are ignored at all. Writers must confirm that they are working on revisions and understand what needs to be revised (by replying to editor’s/customer’s message).