Proofreading means reviewing and rechecking any content before it goes for the final publishing. It is the very last stage of the writing or the translation process. The proofreader gets the written or the translated copy to get it corrected in terms of punctuations, spellings mistakes, formatting issues, and inconsistencies, or spelling mistakes. It is very much necessary for the document to be proofread before it is presented to the audience.
The traditional way is to take out the printout of the copy and then suggest the corrections using various proofreading marks. This method is still used in the publishing industry. However, in the other fields such as advertising, academic or medical documents proofreading, there are new ways such as Microsoft word or google docs which enables the proofreaders to check the digital text too.
The process of proofreading does not involve in-depth changes or rechecking the facts that are mentioned in the documents. It is very much different from editing. When the document is reached to the proofreader, it has been already checked by the editor. It means that the context is already in line. The fact-checking is already done and it is well written in an easily understandable manner. The proofreader finds errors that were missed even during the process of editing. The proofreader checks the following things,
In the traditional proofreading process in the publishing industry, the proofreaders had a limit of one or two revisions as there was a cost constraint. That is not the case today. Generally, most of the proofreading is done on computers. There is no budget bracket. Whenever the proofreaders feel that the document needs more extensive changes, they may ask for the second round of the editing process and then proofread again.
Let us first look at the chronology.
This is a basic procedure followed to achieve the quality of the content. Now let us understand how editing differs from proofreading.
What is Editing?
The process of editing involves improvising the overall quality of the content. The editor specifically focuses on the use of language, expressions, fact-checking, or syntaxes. Once the editor has done his job you will get the crips and apt copy of your document. The overall readability rate of your content will be enriched. Editing affirms that your writing is expressing what you wish to say and the text that you have written is in link with the topic and the over context.
The Process of Editing- The manuscript goes through the following stages of editing-
What Editing Brings to You?
What is Proofreading?
As we know that the proofreading is less of an in-depth process. It is also a cheaper service than editing. However, it is not a step that should be avoided or ignored. It is a must-have step for any kind of publishing to have a successful impact. Though it is a very minute step, it can create a long-lasting impact.
What Proofreading Brings to You?
The Process of Proofreading- it is a little longer as it assures the quality of the content. Following are the major steps that are followed in the process of proofreading-
We will see the steps in detail further.
Before finalizing and publishing any written document, it is of utmost importance for the writer to have a deep checking of what they have written. It is not correct to publish a document that is not full of errors. Only an unprofessional writer would do that. Whatever you write reflects yourself. The stronger the content, the positive will be your impression. Your article or your writing is a face for the readers who haven’t met you.
As a writer, it is your duty to invest as much detail as you can. Proofreading is the best way to achieve it. Any errors in written work can cause misunderstanding. It can damage the writer’s reputation. On the other hand, correct, error-free, and accurate content can be a way to your success.
When you’re writing you will re-read the content again and again. Then the editor will check it and will give it to the proofreader. There definitely is a need for proofreading. It is said when the third party reads your content, it gets a different angle. The mistakes that you can’t see the proofreader sees. Also, the proofreader should be the third person, maybe someone hired from the agency that provides proofreading services.
This third person can look at your content neutrally. They can critically point out the errors. PEC translations is one of the best agencies that has qualified proofreaders. Our experts can convert your ordinary writings into masterpieces.
This is how proofreading benefits the writer in various ways.
Like we have already mentioned some basic steps of Proofreading, let us see some detailing into it.
Now that we know the detailed procedure, you can be assured that PEC can provide proofreading services with utmost accuracy.
The proofreader considers the following points while proofreading the content.
There is no definite answer to this question. The time required for proofreading totally depends on the length of the documents. The longer the content the higher will be the time required. Following types of documents take longer time-
Also, the quality and the standard of the writing also determines the time taken for proofreading. Poorly written content will take longer than well-edited content. Sometimes complex topics can take longer. The proofreader has to understand those complex terminologies and search for references to check the authenticity of the written data. To sum up, the following three factors determine the time taken for the proofreading.
We provide Proofreading services in various local, national, and global languages. PEC is one of the best proofreading service providers which provides proofreading in various industries and languages.
The list is as follows-
Languages we proofread in-
Industries that we proofread for-
When you do not want to compromise on the quality of the work, it is better to hire an agency, such as a PEC translation. We are not just experts in translations, but we have experts in proofreading too. We are well-known for our following specialties-