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What is Proofreading?

Proofreading is the very last editorial stage before publication. Confusion often surrounds the work of the proofreader, so here is an overview.

The role of the proofreader is to quality-check and tidy up.

The proofreader will check for:

inconsistencies, inaccuracies, design faults and spelling, grammar or punctuation errors - having been through the copy-editing stage, these should now be few and far between.

Further responsibilities of the proofreader include:

  • Checking page numbers

  • Checking the table of contents

  • Ensuring consistent style throughout

  • Making sure the lay-out is clear and logical

  • Light editing. This is often undertaken by a proofreader, though the parameters should  be agreed beforehand.

The Society For Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) explains further here.