Friday, July 12, 2013

The Difference Between "Editing" and "Proofreading"

The nomenclature "editing" and "proofreading" have distinct yet very similar meanings. Editing is the revision right after the draft is finished and includes correcting spelling, formatting, checking for incorrect grammar, rewriting awkward sentences, optimizing the flow of ideas and syntax, eliminating ineffectual fragments, etc. Editing is a very involved and is most often a much more lengthy process than proofreading.

In contrast to editing, proofreading is the final review with minor corrections before the author submits the document for publication and does not typically involve extensive rewriting of sentences, idea restructuring, inconsistencies in style, headings or tenses, incorrectly numbered sequences, formatting problems, researching of information for factual errors, or reference cross-checking for accuracy.

© 2012 Brian L Hunter


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