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Questions tagged [proofreading]

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

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Cost efficient methods to lower language barrier for researchers without enough funding for publishing in peer-reviewed English journals?

Situation: we had many subjectively understandable articles in English. But they will never be published for the world in any peer-reviewed scientific journals. Why? Some reviewers seem 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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Is it OK to add extra paragraph to a paper during the proof stage?

My math paper recently got accepted and I was told that I will be sent a proof soon. It's just four lines I want to add.. is it OK to add it to my paper? It's additional explanation of something, and ...
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How long between the acceptance and proof correction of Elsevier?

My paper has beed accepted by Elsevier's International Journal of Electronics and Communications (AEUE). I want to know how long I should expect to wait until I receive the notice of online proof ...
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How do I get editing help for technical (mathematic/statistic) paper publishing?

I have several topics that I would like to publish. While I can get a paper, in technical terms, 100% of the way done I am not an English major. I don't do great at speaking human, or dotting my "i"'s....
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Why are (galley) proof requests given such a short deadline?

Often the publisher requests to get the proof within 24 hours when it's ready. What are the reasons for making this so short? Do they want the authors to not make too many changes? EDIT: The email I ...
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What typesetters do with the submitted paper?

I am informed that submitted paper supposed to be sent to the typesetters today. I am advised to check the mails. Until now there is no acknowledgement except the first mail. I am curious about the ...
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Is there an optimum time to leave between writing and self-proofreading?

Having read a number of guides on tips to do when proofreading as well as some questions on this website. They all refer to leaving some time between writing and proofreading. This time can vary from ...
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How much time is usually left for authors to return page proofs? What happens if I am late?

Recently I was handling submission of a paper to a journal. I was somewhat surprised that I was asked to return the corrections to galley proofs in 48 hours. To ensure fast publication of your ...
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Where might I find a collection of before and after proofread articles?

Completely unrelated to my field (I do not work in languages) but I have written a small piece of software that proof reads my work for grammar and syntax. I'm interested in finding a few documents (...
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recommended and reliable proofreading services

I have been using some online proofreader tools for checking for grammar issues in my writing, but I have found that the solutions they give are not so good at all. For that reason I would like to ...
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Could I change part of my paper after acceptance

My paper is accepted in one of the Taylor and Francis journals and Today I figured out that I made a mistake in one row of one of my tables ( the minimum of one of variables in statistic analysis ...
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What corrections can you make on galley proofs?

When I receive galley proofs of a paper, I look at possible errors introduced by the copy-editing team. But while I proofread the article, there are sometimes small mistakes I'd like to fix, which ...
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Is it necessary to send a corrigendum? Does it make my paper look ugly?

I have a paper which is accepted without any minor or major revisions in a good journal (lucky me). It is fully published. Since I had no chance to revise it, many small mistakes slipped into the ...
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How to hire editor to improve my paper

I'm thinking of hiring a contact/freelance editor to help me improve my paper, before I submit it. I'm looking for someone to perform proofreading and copy editing as well as broader, substantive ...
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Is hiring a proofreader beneficial in the long term?

I am an Early Stage Researcher in a bigger project. I am non-native speaker of English and I find my level of English in my articles not satisfactory, especially when I consider that it is not just my ...
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What to check when examining paper proofs?

When you receive a paper proof and review it prior to publication, what exactly should you be looking for? The things that come to mind are any changes in the annotation of author list and the ...
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How to find ways to proofread English in papers

As a non-native speaker of English, it can often be hard to spot some of the errors that a native speaker would find. For a long time, I've been thinking about getting a native speaker to help me with ...