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Upholding your reputation as a writer, academic, student, small business, large company or non-profit is essential and there’s no better way to do so than by using the services of an expert.
People are often confused about the difference between editing, copyediting and proofreading, and frequently conflate the processes. However, they are three very different activities.
Once you have finished the first few drafts of your work, it needs content editing (also known as substantive or structural editing). This big picture critique involves assessing your work for structure, flow and consistency. It’s about making your writing readable and enjoyable, and you and your editor work together to make your product the best it can be.
Next, your work requires a copyedit. The copyeditor takes a far more detailed approach. Their task is meticulous and highly technical while also focussing on the overarching themes. Copyediting is about ensuring every element of your work is factually correct, consistent, cohesive and complete.
Proofreading takes place at proof stage and is the final step in the publication process. It is the last defence for quality control, no matter whether your work is to be printed or uploaded online. The intent is to ensure overall correctness and consistency.
For further information see the Institute of Professional Editors’ Australian Standards for Editing Practice.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students may contract an editor to copyedit and/or proofread their work with the aim of improving its readability, clarity and consistency. Because of the ethical issues involved, editors may not make corrections to the content, substance or structure of the thesis, although they may note problems for the student’s attention.
PhD students may only contact an editor for proofreading. Editors may not edit or copyedit a doctoral thesis.
For information about academic editing see the Institute of Professional Editors’ Guidelines for Editing Research Theses.
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