Professional Copy Editing

Copy Editing on offer…

Proofers provides a professional copy editing service. We are able to copy edit most types of document – everything from essays, dissertations and business plans to CVs, personal statements and all other professional documents.

A focus on detail is the key to our service and we will complete a thorough review of your writing to remove or correct errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax and also to make changes to style and structure to improve meaning and clarity. If you need a first-class review and improvement of your writing at a competitive price, we can help.

What’s included…

Our copy editing service consists of the following:

  • Correcting all spelling mistakes – Ensuring that the spelling is perfect. We can adopt US or UK English, depending on client requirements.
  • Correcting punctuation – Ensuring that all punctuation is used appropriately and inserted where necessary.
  • Correcting all grammatical errors – Ensuring that your writing is grammatically correct.
  • Improving intelligibility – Improving the use of vocabulary and sentence structure to ensure the clarity of your writing. We will make recommendations where text is unclear to avoid any ambiguity or confusion.
  • Ensuring flow – Ensuring that your writing flows naturally, fluidly and logically between sentences and the text maintains relevance and clarity.
  • Amending for appropriate tone – Ensuring the tone of the document is appropriate to the target audience. For example, theses and academic journals require a formal style.
  • Checking references and citations – Ensuring that the references and citations comply with the required university style guidelines.
  • Highlighting edits – Using Track Changes so that all changes made are indicated in colour, allowing you to review and accept or reject the edits easily.
  • Providing feedback with the corrections – Our editor will provide detailed feedback and recommendations to supplement the corrections.

How we copy-edit

Your document is edited using the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word ®. This allows you to view corrections easily and accept or reject any or all recommended changes. Any comments or suggestions with regard to questions of clarity, meaning or usage are noted in the right-hand margin for your consideration.

You will be sent two different electronic versions of your document via e-mail. In addition, you will be sent a separate ‘comments’ document which will contain recommendations and feedback from our editor. The documents returned to you will be as follows:

  • Edited Version – This will be a clean copy of your document containing all the changes implemented and will be ready to submit or publish.
  • Corrected Version – This version will include all the changes made by the editor using the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word ®. This feature clearly identifies any errors and suggested corrections.
  • Comments – Our editor will provide comments/recommendations based on the editing.

Formats we can copy-edit

Proofers can copy edit written documents in most formats, including Microsoft Word®, Excel, PowerPoint, Portable Document Files (PDF) and Rich Text Files (.rtf).

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