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What does proofreading involve?

Proofreading is the last step before you publish your work. It's a crucial step, where the tiny misleading details are ironed out and your work is polished to perfection!

You've spent a long time writing your content and you're nearly ready to go live. The last thing left to do is the proofread...

Depending on your requirements, a proofread can take many forms, but it always involves using careful attention to detail to ensure the work is free from grammatical issues, incorrect punctuation and spelling mistakes.

Other things a proofreader can help with include:

  • Checking headings and chapter titles

  • Ensuring the prelims (copyright page, contents page, lists of tables etc) are correct

  • Checking cross-references

  • Checking page numbers and running heads

  • Making sure all figures, tables, maps etc are included and presented clearly

  • Fixing issues with layout eg spacing, indentation, typefaces and word breaks

Consistency is key. A big part of proofreading is working through the text and making sure it is consistent throughout. If not already provided, I can create a style sheet, which records the use of styles applied across the text. This will include notes on things like punctuation usage, hyphenation, capitalisation and spelling.

There are different ways of marking up text when carrying out a proofread. One way is to use Track Changes on Microsoft Word. Another is to use PDF commenting tools. The British Standards Institution (BSI) marks are also used across the world and are a traditional way of marking up a document. When making an enquiry, feel free to let me know what you'd prefer. 

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