EDUPROOFING

This page is all about EduProofing.

  What exactly is "EduProofing"?

In simple terms, it means the "teaching" of "proofreading",
among many other related disciplines.

For example, in wanting to learn about becoming a professional
copy editor and proofreader, through to an author needing further
 knowledge about how to correctly produce 'good copy'.

In particular, when it associated with PRS Proofreading Services, and
producing perfectly revised and corrected English ready for publication.

To give you an idea, observe the following image.

You will observe from the above image that PRS Proofreading Services

 is informing about some of the mistakes and errors that they will

naturally correct in any English manuscript or document.

This image appears on the PRS Website, so it is telling visitors
 about the basic copy editing and proofreading work that PRS conducts.

That is very clear to see and understand.

Now take a look at this next image.

In this image, PRS is teaching about Copy Editing & Proofreading.

That is to say that they are informing about the correction of English.

In other words, about the work that a copy editor and proofreader

conducts every day in their work.

So this is different from the daily correction of an English document

for an author's paper or manuscript.

Here they are "teaching" about "what to do" and "how".

It is like an instructional teaching for a potential editor or proofreader.

This is usually difficult work and time-consuming.

Opposite to the revision of a client's English writing.

Now look at this next image.

In this image above, it refers to the "proofreading process.

What does that mean?

It explains and teaches about what is involved in "proofreading".

There are several steps in the word "proofreading" - not only one stride.

In essence, there are four major parts in the action of proofreading,
and this can be broken into several more 'mini-steps'.

First of all, the "Review of the Text".

The purpose of this procedure is to glean what the writing is all about,
while at the same time, grasping the level of English correction needed.

Is it a scientific work?  Is it a novel?  Is it newsworthy?  Is it history?

Well, it could be about countless other topics, such as sport, government,
medicine, geography, intellect, entertainment, literature, finance,
so many different things.

Thence, this review has mainly two objectives.

1) To understand what the author is writing about; where the Text is headed.

2) To interpret and grasp the level of needed English correction.

3) To move on to the Copy Editing stage.



THE COPY EDITOR

COPY EDITING - THE FIRST DRAFT

In reality, PRS Copy Editing includes 2 Drafts, or even more.

It is almost impossible to only edit in a single draft,

 especially if the subject matter is complicated, such as in a scientific work.

Why?

Because the full meaning and the structure of the intended Text only becomes clear
after the end of the "second draft".   The first draft clears the way, and moves the dead wood.

Copy Editing is the most important part of proofreading.

Copy Editing means much more than you think.

This is the heavy 'dirty work'.   Most often referred to as "The Nuts and Bolts".


 


In this example of Copy Editing above, the Text is coloured.

Green means Delete.

Yellow means Insert.

Blue means a Minor Modification.
(like upper case to lowercase, capitalisation, correct spelling, and so on)

PRS introduced this DIMA system in the year 2002.

The clients say that this is very easy to understand, with much praise.


COPY EDITING - THE SECOND DRAFT

This is where the copy editor addresses the paper for a second time.

All of the initial colour corrections have now been removed.

It is much clearer to see any further errors or mistakes that need attention,

as the deleted / inserted colour marks are not a distraction any more.

One can only view the "first-drafted" black ink Text.

Now, the copy editor starts to review and edit once more.

The proofreading process takes place next.


PROOFREADING

The word proofreading encompasses a wide range many actions.

It is not a question of simply reading the Text.

Sure, you do read the Text but you must consider several other issues.

● Is the Grammar & the Punctuation correct?

Is the Capitalisation correct?

Are the Adjectives really Adjectives - or are they Adverbs?

What about the Verb Tenses - are they correct?

A very common error in Scientific Manuscripts is the Verb Tense

Many Authors write in the Present Tense

When they are describing an Experiment that happened in the Past

Does the Sentence make Sense?

Does the Text flow in a Natural Manner?

Could the Text and the Meaning be improved?

Look again at the Text with Fresh Eyes

The list of Queries goes on and on.

So proofreading is not a simple task.

It involves many areas that need attention.

It is complex work.

Especially in Scientific Manuscripts for Scientific Journals..


IN SUMMARY

Someone might be very good at writing English.

But to learn and to be a good Copy Editor and Proofreader takes time.

The best way is to edit and proofread many different texts.

IT IS THE OLD SAYING

"PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT"


PRS Proofreading Services offers accurate editing work and proofreading correction, by using ‘native’ English proofreaders.

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