As a good editor and proofreading, you need to be always vigilant when checking for mistakes in books, journals, articles or dissertations. Even if you have a strict deadline for completing the editing and proofreading task, still you need to be extra sure that you do not leave any mistake uncorrected. Your reputation is at stake; so know the editing proofreading final checklist that will help you to ensure full proof editing and proofreading of the contents.
When on tight deadlines, even the best writers can make grammatical mistakes. Often writers use ‘they’re’ instead of ‘their’ and fail to correct it. As a proofreader, you need to be extra careful about checking for grammatical mistakes, even the smallest ones that may easily get overlooked.
Whether you are proofreading a book, journal, article or dissertation, you need to ensure that there is logical flow of words and sentences. Make sure that one sentence is followed by another than actually makes sense. Often writers fail to create an outline for their writing, which leads to poor transition. If you discover that there is not logical leap from one paragraph or one sentence to the other, you need to edit the transitions and ensure that the flow becomes right and logical.
Country specific jargons and spellings
When proofreading contents, you need to first ensure where the content is going is to be published or for which country it is written for. Whether the article, dissertation or journal is written for UK, America, Canada, India or any other country, you need to follow country specific jargons and spellings. If you are proofreading a content that is being written for UK readers and you find that the writer has written ‘color’, you need to instantly correct it to ‘colour’. ‘Color’ is used in American English, whereas ‘Colour’ is used in British English.
Writers commonly write wrong spellings in haste. So, you need to make sure that the spellings are correct while proofreading. Even though the writers use autocorrect feature, but it does not always guarantee correct spellings. So, read out the sentence and decipher the meaning which the writer wants to convey and correct the spellings accordingly.
You also need to check the presentation, including spacing between words and sentences, font size and type, capital letters, margins, fonts of the titles and so on.
Be vigilant and careful and ensure perfect editing and proofreading!