Though perfection is not absolutely enforced, uxjobs247.com still ensures that all published articles are of minimal or if possible no perceptible errors. One mistake or even a small error in an article can cause serious consequences like mistakes in writing names and contact numbers. Content editing and proofreading are indispensable aspects in the final stages of effective writing process. Before any article publication happens, each written article will undergo editing and proofreading process to make necessary grammatical corrections and content changes.
General Principles in Editing:
- Always remember your goals when editing— to polish and to make the written-draft more presentable and error-free.
- Check if the text or content:
- is clearly expressed
- flows logically and consistently to form a meaningful whole
- has accurate information / factual data
- is targeted towards the reader
- has a tone that is appropriate for the reader
- maintains a positive and professional tone throughout
- Try impersonating your target readers, read the written draft from your reader’s perspective then if necessary, revise your written work to make it clearer to your reader.
- Try to preserve information at all times. Delete only part(s) of a written content when it is factual error, duplicated information, irrelevant data or when one part infringes copyright policies.
- Summarize discussions that are too lengthy but be sure to retain the main point or conclusion.
- If you are editing your own work, it is best to know first your weaknesses. Try to list your commonly committed mistakes or errors so you can look for those in your written draft.
- Don’t rush. Take a break. In any type of work, taking breaks are beneficial. Our concentration is limited. So don’t force yourself to do the editing task in a prolonged period of time.
Once done editing the written draft with careful analysis using critical thinking, the draft is ready for proofreading.
General Principles in Proofreading:
- Proofreading entails immense attention to detail.
- To have good concentration, choose a quiet working place.
- Detach your focus from the content of the article, instead focus on the language, grammar and layout.
- Remember always, the goals of proofreading:
- Check the spelling
- Check for typographical errors
- Check the grammar, punctuation, and language used
- Check the style and format of the whole written draft
- Check for any unnoticed mistakes during the editing phase
- Do not simply scan. Read the text word by word and comprehend accordingly to be sure you don’t miss any error.
- Read the text out loud so you can hear it and will be forced to notice the sentence structure and proper word choice selection. Authors mostly overlook small errors when just reading silently.
- Read the draft backwards by sentence so that you will be focusing on the text and not on the content idea anymore.
- Make corrections neatly and concisely. If a sentence/paragraph needs numerous alterations, rewrite it completely rather than changing each individual error.
- If you are proofreading other’s work and you are doing major change(s) in their written work, try to keep the original text visible so the author can see why it needs to be changed.
- Have a break. Do other things and leave your proofreading work for some time. It will make you more observant and critical.