Tech Edit - Australian Specialist Editing and Proofreading Services

 - Australian Specialist Editing and Proofreading Services

 

 

Tech Edit - Proofreading Services Overview

Tech Edit offers proofreading services for all types of technical, academic, business and professional documents.  Our proofreading service....

What is a Proofreading Service?

Proofreading (often misspelled proof reading or proof-reading) is the final check for errors performed on printed text prior to publication. Using a proofreading service to carry out a final 'polish' of your text can provide you with a check on quality that ensures the correction of simple printing errors.  This will save you extra expenses for editing and reprinting.   Proofreading can also help you maintain your professional image and credibility, maximising your chances of capitalising on new business opportunities.

Proofreaders need a meticulous eye for detail to be able to identify mistakes in the following areas:

  • typographical errors
  • spelling mistakes, including those that have not been identified by a computerised spelling checker
  • basic grammar mistakes
  • punctuation errors  

As proofreading is a final quality check on a document, a proofreader does not typically review the structure of a document.  An author normally performs this task during the various writing and editing stages prior to proofreading.

 

 

Typically, a proofreader makes corrections and suggestions in the margins of the document using industry-standard proofreading symbols (marks).  However, in order to understand these changes, knowledge of these symbols and meanings are required.  These symbols tend to be used in the publishing industry as editors and typesetters are familiar with these marks.  However, proofreading of a hard copy can be done if a proofreader provides clear instructions to the client as to how they have made corrections or suggestions to the work.  Nowadays, soft-copy editing can also be done using a word processing tool such as Microsoft Word’s ‘Track Changes’ feature.  This offers the benefits of electronic portability.

 

 

 

Proofreading can be of value when performed on any document, for example:

-        business documents such as annual reports, presentations, business cases, promotional and marketing materials, websites and web pages, products or services brochures

-        technical documents such as tenders, user manuals, policies and procedures, engineering, scientific and information technology reports and specifications

-        academic documents such as teaching materials, undergraduate and post-graduate theses, assignments and essays

 

Conducting this last ‘polish’ of your words before publication can help you win and maintain business, and most importantly help you maintain your reputation and industry credibility. 

 

 

 

Technical Documents  that include reports, specifications, manuals, journals, research papers and journals from a variety of domains such as engineering, information technology (IT) and science
Academic Documents  such as teaching materials and student essays, assignments and theses
Business Documents such as annual reports, presentations, business cases, websites and promotional material
Request for Tender (RFT) and Request for Proposal (RFP)documentation packages
Policies, Instructional Manuals and User Guides  for software and hardware systems, industrial and commercial equipment, or your business systems.
Professional and Personal Documents  such as resumés and job applications
English as a Second Language (ESL)  services to provide well-constructed, clear English documents
 

What Services do we Provide?

Tech Edit offers two levels of services. These are detailed below:

Level 1:

Proofreading

Level 1 involves checking your document for typographical errors,  basic punctuation and spelling.

Level 2:

Combined Copyediting and Structural Editing

Level 2 provides the services of level 1 plus a review of each sentence to identify areas for improvement. These areas include grammar accuracy, syntax (order and structure of sentences), consistency and formatting.

We also look at the big picture to determine whether the language, content, tone, structure and presentation are appropriate for your goals and your audience.

 

You can also download a copy the Tech Edit brochure, which outlines our editing and proofreading services by clicking here.




How do I know which service to request?

Proofreading  is generally requested when the writer is happy with the structure of their  document and wants a quality check to identify errors such as spelling mistakes and typographical errors.

Our combined Copyediting and Structural Editing is generally requested when the writer wishes to identify areas for improvement in their document. These areas may include suggestions to improve sentence construction, correct English grammar and to apply consistency throughout the document. Editing also aims to improve readability through better paragraph layout and formatting.

We also review the document in terms of completeness, tone, document architecture, and logical presentation of the document as a whole, to ensure that the objectives of the writer are met.

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