Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to detect and correct production errors of text or art. Proof readers are expected to be consistently accurate by default because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication.
Briefly, my Proofreading Service includes the following:
- Check page numbersand page headings
- Check the table of contentsagainst chapter titles, page numbers and end-matter – appendices, index, etc.
- Ensure consistent styles– of spellings and hyphenation particularly – by following a style guide, if supplied, or compiling one
- Watch out for omissions and inconsistenciesin typography, layout and content
- Identify necessary changesand mark the proof using an agreed method.
- Check or insert cross-referenceswhere appropriate
- Eliminate inelegant or confusing word, column and page breaks, including ‘widows’ and ‘orphans’ – short last or first lines of a paragraph at the top or the bottom of a page, respectively
- Ensure that illustrations, captions and labels correspondwith each other and with the text
- Check that content looks right and is logically arranged
- And of course … check the spelling, contextual and other wise.