A service can be provided for any form of written material including:
- corporate material
- academic text
- web content
- articles and features
- press releases
The service can be tailored according to a client’s brief but will generally include:
- identifying corrections to spelling, grammar and punctuation
- rephrasing to improve the flow
- ensuring consistency throughout (e.g. style, capitalisation, hyphenation)
- correcting any formatting, spacing or layout issues
- checking page numbers, captions, headings, references, web links and the table of contents
- comparing the proofs to the edited copy or reading ‘blind’.
Copyediting and proofreading can both be performed on screen or on paper. Changes can be marked up using BS 5261C:2005 symbols, Microsoft Word’s ‘Track Changes’ function, Adobe Acrobat, or any other method that is required.
Levels of Editing
Copyediting, as the name suggests, involves editing the draft “copy” to get it ready for publication. This usually involves a high degree of intervention and significant amendments being made to the text. If your document has not yet undergone any form of professional editing, or if it has been written by a non-native English speaker, it is likely to need copyediting (more information on copyediting is available from the CIEP here).
Proofreading, however, is the final quality control step in the process and involves less intervention than copyediting – for example, identifying typos/errors and suggesting minor changes (more information on proofreading is available from the CIEP here).
Proofediting is a hybrid process somewhere between copyediting and proofreading.
Subjects and Specialisms
I offer a service for most subjects, although I specialise in science/engineering and can provide particular expertise in environmental matters (e.g. environmental engineering; sustainability; energy; air and water pollution; conservation; environmental policy and management; and climate change). However, editing skills are transferable to any subject matter; prior knowledge of a subject often helps but isn’t always essential.
Find out more about my qualifications and experience here.
Prices will vary depending on the complexity of the document and also the level of service required. As a guideline, the CIEP has provided suggested minimum rates.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information please see the FAQs.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions will be issued for each new piece of work.
The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading’s Code of Practice is followed at all times.
Please contact me for a quote or to discuss your requirements.