Editing and Proofreading FAQ
- incorrect use of punctuation, commas, semicolons,
colons, and dashes, etc.
- misuse of articles and prepositions,
- mistaking one word for another (i.e., envelope/envelop,
A spell-checker won't detect these errors.
- confusing "then" and "than," "its" and "it's," and "lay" and "lie",
- creating run-on sentences or sentence fragments.
- correcting spelling, grammar, and punctuation,
- correcting confusion
- eliminating redundancies,
- correcting headings,
tables, figures, and lists,
- substituting words that more accurately
convey the author's
- avoiding sexism, racism, or other
- correcting errors in spelling, usage,
grammar, punctuation, and style,
- correcting fluctuations in tense,
- clarifying ambiguities,
- noting inconsistencies in point of view,
- identifying inconsistencies in facts and details,
- revising or cutting to meet length requirements.
- reviewing the overall organization,
- suggesting deletions, additions, or rearrangements,
- indicating gaps in content or unclear transitions,
- creating a Table of Contents,
- adjusting tables, charts, or diagrams.
Editing tables and figures:
- ensuring that sources are acknowledged
- adjusting the presentation of data,
- ensuring the proper positioning of tables and figures.