Proofreading is the final check before a document is sent for printing, and after a copy-edit has taken place and amendments made.

When proofreading your document some of the things I will do are:

  • Identify spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
  • Check for consistency in spelling and hyphenation, using a style guide if one is supplied.
  • Read for clarity and sense and check for inconsistencies in the text.
  • Look for inconsistencies in the use of fonts, headings, paragraphs and layout.
  • Check and correct uneven spacing.
  • Check cross-references, and check chapter headings with the table of contents.
  • Check references in the text against footnotes, endnotes, etc.
  • Make sure that illustrations or tables and their captions match with each other and the text.
  • Mark any queries I cannot resolve for further consultation.


Never take your eye off the ball!

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