What is Proofreading?
Proofreading originally referred to the late-stage correcting of material that had already been professionally set in lead type. Today, proofreading usually means the final checking process for any text-based information.
The purpose of proofreading is to identify any mistakes that may have slipped through the editing process including:
- spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors (such as hyphenation, capitalisation, shortened forms and abbreviations)
- mistakes in word usage (for example, the use of ‘to’ instead of ‘too’)
- typos including incorrect font size or styling (italics or bold face)
- formatting errors such as word or line spacing (kerning and leading), pagination and chapter numbering.
It involves checking that a document is conforms to standard or house style guidelines, as well as checking for standard typographic usage and conventions like accurate placement of smart quotes, apostrophes, hyphens, en and em dashes.
Proofreading serves the role of ‘gate-keeper’ in the publication process. Although word processing programs are able to pick up many spelling and syntax errors (often referred to as a ‘soft’ edit), they cannot read for context and therefore can either miss or ‘miscorrect’ spelling in certain contexts. Proofreaders verify that all textual features of a document, including body copy, headings, captions, titles, pull quotes, and folios (page numbers) are correct.
How We Can Help You
At Epiphany Editing & Publishing we take great care to eliminate distracting typos and mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar. By ensuring your written work is as polished and perfect as possible, we help you to make a favourable first impression.
For a proofreading service of the highest standard, contact Epiphany Editing & Publishing today.
Epiphany Editing & Publishing offers a high-quality proofreading service for students. We proofread essays, theses, dissertations, assignments, and coursework materials.
In many subject areas, marks are awarded for correct spelling and grammar; easy marks that can dramatically improve your overall grade. We ensure that your knowledge and technical skills are communicated accurately so you have the best possible opportunity to achieve good results.
Recognising that many professional proofreading services are beyond the budget of most students, Epiphany Editing & Publishing provides a full proofreading service at a price you can afford.