Preparing to submit your thesis can be nerve-wracking and frustrating. You’ve spent a very long time working on this document, and now is the moment of truth. An unfortunate misstep in the printing and binding process, or failure to prepare your thesis correctly, could have negative effects on your success. To help ensure that you’re able to move forward with as few mishaps as possible, make sure to follow these tips:
1. Proof Read It: Perhaps the single most important tip we can offer is this – proof read your thesis or dissertation thoroughly. Find others to help, as well. Look for misspellings, grammar errors, inconsistencies, poor formatting, and other issues. It's always better to catch problems now, before printing, than to have to reprint and rebind.
2. Mind the Margins: Your thesis will be printed with 2.5cm margins all the way around. This means that everything, from body text to tables to graphs and other images, must be within those margins. Anything outside them will be deleted.
3. Bulk Discounts: If you need multiple copies of your thesis, you can order in bulk and often save money over the cost of individual copies. However, this usually only applies if you order all the copies at one time, so know the size of your print run before committing.
4. Colour Costs More: Any colour included in your thesis, whether we're talking about headers and footers, hyperlinked text, charts, and graphs, photos, or something else, will increase your costs. In some cases, changing everything to black and white is the best option. However, that is not always the case. If the colour is necessary to ensure the element has the desired impact on your work, it's wiser to pay more for colour.