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Proofreading is done to detect and correct production-errors of text or art. An important stage in academic publishing.

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How long does Springer give you to proof your entire book?

I know it's 48 or 72 hours for an article, how long does the author have to check the proofs for an entire book (300 pages)?
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Changing Figure Colors in Final Proof of Accepted Paper

I am currently reviewing the proof of an accepted paper for its publication. I have noticed there is a figure whose colors I have chosen very poorly: one of them is yellow and cannot be seen very ...
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Correction after sending definitive proof of article to journal

I have recently replied the copy-editor of a journal with a version of the article's proof, stating that they should proceed to publication after I checked all the comments for this last proof. ...
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Must I hire a proofreader to edit my cover letter and research statement if I'm not a native English speaker?

I am going to apply for a postdoc position in the US. Application requirements include a cover letter and research statement. I am not a native English speaker and in my department, unfortunately, ...
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Ways to improve writing, so that one needs less time spent on proof reading?

Ways to improve writing, so that one needs less time spent on proof reading? I've been a bit annoyed, because it seems that using a "write, then proof read" -approach seems ineffective, ...
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How many times to proofread? [duplicate]

How many times to proofread? Any approximations?
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How does a community or field, generally accept a paper in academia? [closed]

I'll just rephrase what I had said in the comments, as I believe it summaries the question better, and to whoever downvoted ( assuming because of how "complicated" what I said was ) I hope ...
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Can I write "equal author contribution" in acknowledgment?

One of my papers is now in the proofreading stage. In the revision stage, I didn't add the "equal author contribution" as a foot-note. Is it possible to add that now? Can I put it in the ...
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How do I properly punctuate bulleted list of mathematical equations?

Here is an example: Theorem 1 (Important Theorem). Consider f(x). If something, then 1. The function has property A: f(x) = g(x). 2. The function has property B: ...
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Examiner proof-reading master thesis before submission. Is this allowed?

I know someone who is currently writing their master’s thesis. They will be the single author of the document. Our (German) university requires a statement that says something like: ‘I wrote all of ...
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Colleague blames me for not spotting typos when I only reviewed the structure and content

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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Is having my essays proofread inappropriate?

English is not my first language. My pronunciation and grammar are not perfect. I tried to write an essay in my own words. After that I asked for help from my friend to proofread the essay. She told ...
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Ethics of dissertation / thesis proofreading

OK. Short version, I'm stuck on my PhD because of coronavirus. My university is giving me an extension to my thesis deadline, but I am going to run out of funding pretty soon. I'm looking at ...
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What if the production editor does not respond to important email after a few days?

I sent my review of the proof for an article back to the production editor. However, due to the large amount minor corrections I made (roughly 50), I requested a second review. I sent two emails. But ...
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Is it possible to ask for reviewing the corrected Galley proof in Taylor & Francis journal

I recently received the Galley proof from the journal. I sent my correction, but there are more than 50. All of them are minor. Part of them are caused in the copy-editing process, and the editor ...
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Additional correction after paper publication

My journal paper has been published on IEEE Xplore website. I noticed a typesetting issue which I didn't notice when I was evaluating the proof version. Is there any chance to contact IEEE staff ...
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Why do some journal proofs insert dozens of typesetting mistakes? [closed]

Why do some journals change the final software and do not provide a template for the final draft(e.g. contains the same font as in the gallery proof)? I often hear that some of my colleagues get ...
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about academic proof-reading, what to do in this situation?

I have submitted an article for a journal in the field of CS and it has been returned and suggested to pass thru a professional editor or proof-reading (this is because my mother language is not ...
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How to request to be co-corresponding author

We had a paper accepted in one of the top biology journals (IF=15). It is a work in which I participated in the part of computational biology, and was submitted by a colleague, she being the ...
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Cost efficient methods to lower language barrier for researchers without enough funding for publishing in peer-reviewed English journals?

The situation: we have many subjectively understandable articles in English. But they will never be published publicly in any peer-reviewed scientific journals. Why? Some reviewers seem to be very ...
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How can I provide proof that my paper has been proofread by a native speaker?

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal. After several weeks the editor sent me the comments of two reviewers. The editor said that "the authors should provide proof that the paper has been ...
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Correction of figure in galley proofs in Elsevier journal

I have submitted the final manuscript after it got accepted, but I just found one error in the figures. The mistake is copying overlap two figures (2 similar figures). This mistake did not occur in ...
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How to improve the language of my master thesis by myself?

I have written my thesis on my own (with my limited English skills) and I gave it to my supervisor to check it. He said the work is fine but the writing is a bit bad and I need to proofread it by ...
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How to politely request to magazine editor for the following issue?

I have one article accepted in the magazine and the editorial team has send me the proof-read version. I have a little issue that I need to change the name of the article as the requirement of my ...
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Can I ask a Master's student to have their text proofread?

I am supervising a master student for his thesis in a technology field. His English is so-so and it takes quite a bit of work to correct it. I feel that correcting English is not my job, but to ...
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Does *co-authorship as professional courtesy* extend to bare bones proofreading? [duplicate]

Clarification: The proposed duplicate is about a different situation from what I'm describing. In that situation, someone contributed by assisting tangibly with the write-up, after not having ...
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Sane document filing and multi-project workflow system [closed]

As a research assistant, I need a better document filing and workflow system that can solve my current problems. Preface I mainly encounter these kinds of documents in my day-to-day work: papers I ...
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What to do when a co-author submitted corrected proofs without the first author's knowledge?

I finished my PhD studies about a year ago, and am no longer working at the university. My supervisor, and co-author of three papers, urged me to work with him on the fourth paper in order to get it ...
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Etiquette for providing manuscript /poster feedback

I am occasionally asked by other students in my research group to read their manuscript/poster before it is submitted/presented. I would assume that the main reason to get another person in the same ...
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How many times should one proofread their paper before submission? [closed]

When I did my PhD in mathematics, I would proofread my papers maybe 10 times before submission. Moving into computer science has changed my attitude, since reviewers frequently ask for major ...
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How to efficiently proofread my own mathematical paper?

The main purpose of this question is to collect some advices to efficiently proofread my own mathematical paper (when there are two authors or more, it is easier since one is supposed to read what the ...
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Can a paper get rejected after acceptance due to incorporation of reviewer comments

Recently I got a paper accepted in a high impact journal. The acceptance letter came to me with a few reviewer comments, and it was recommended in the letter to take care of those comments. I ...
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Should I put the name of proof reader in scientific manuscripts?

Should I acknowledge the person who has proof read my scientific paper and have contributed in the improvement of quality of manuscripts.
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Exchanging co-authorship for proofreading?

Is it an ethical practice to offer co-authorship on a paper to a graduate student in exchange for proofreading the paper? By proofreading, I mean fixing small grammatical or spelling errors right ...
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How to fix a mistake in an accepted paper?

I submitted a joint paper and it is accepted by a journal after two minor revisions. In the last revision, there is a misunderstanding between my coauthor and me, so the last revisions still ...
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A professor has only proofread my paper. Should I include him as author?

I am currently working on a paper in Computer Science. I am the sole author of the paper. Every aspect of the paper, the idea, the implementation, figures, plots, results are all solely based on my ...
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Sending minor correction to a journal before getting a copy for proofread

Recently the European Journal of Physics accepted my paper. Right now I'm waiting for them to send me a final copy for proofreading. Today I was just going through the revised manuscript and spotted a ...
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Is it unethical for someone to proofread/edit your cover letter or CV?

Is it unethical for someone to proofread/edit your cover letter? Because then it's not fully your work anymore. It could be helpful, but I am asking if it is ethical towards the hiring professional? ...
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Galley proofs for journal article - can I make statistical changes? [duplicate]

I have had a paper accepted to a good journal (Animal Ecology) and have just received the proofs for checking. However my supervisor has suddenly decided that we need to redo some of the statistics(!) ...
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Who to ask to proofread my MSc dissertation?

Who should I ask to proofread my MSc dissertation? Is proofreading required?
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Unwanted references in author proof

By mistake, unwanted references are present in my accepted manuscript and I want to remove them from my author proof copy. Will the manuscript go to the editor once again or not?
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Is using academic writing services for a thesis considered plagiarism? Can they write in an original fashion?

There are many academic writing services (editing, proof reading and writing from scratch). These services range from writing basic essays to research papers and dissertations. I will use editing and ...
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Can I, as a reviewer, tell authors to get a native English speaker to proofread their paper?

I am reviewing a paper for possible publication in a respected journal. The English in the paper is very poor. The authors are clearly not native English speakers. I want to write something to the ...
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Who should be proofreading journal articles?

I try to have any manuscript proofread before submission to an academic journal, where proofreading typically involves checking/fixing the spelling, grammar and overall style in English. This ...
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What is a good way to proofread for a journal article? [duplicate]

What is a good way to proofread a journal article before you submit it? I would like to do more than just spellcheck.
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Would it be ethical of a student for him/her to act as a proofreader/editor for other students' essays and homework?

I'll be simple and direct, since the situation I'm asking after is pretty general, and hardly requires an anecdotal context. Would it be ethical of a student for him/her to act as a proofreader/...
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Should I correct a successfully completed Master's dissertation before publishing online?

I successfully completed my Master's dissertation a while back and I've decided I would like to publish it online to help others and probably print a copy for myself to up on the bookshelf. The ...
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Can I add more corrections to page proofs? [duplicate]

After my paper was accepted, I was sent page proofs with few corrections to some words and some references. Is it possible to add something to this page proofs. I want to change wording of a line that ...
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How can I proof-read my own work more effectively?

After an article/book has finally reached the pre-publication stage, the authors have to check the proofs for errors (introduced by themselves or during type-setting). I find this one of the least ...
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Keeping track of definitions

I recently handed in my master's thesis (CS), and I did what you should not do for your own peace of mind's sake: I skimmed it again afterwards. I realized that I had not updated some statements to ...
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