The scope of copy editing services usually includes:

  • general grammar, word choice, sentence structure, and clarity
  • tenses, wordiness, repetition, parallel structure
  • punctuation, capitalization, spelling, headings and lists
  • appropriate voice and tone for intended audience
  • transitions between sections, chapters, parts
  • adherence to editorial guidelines
  • accuracy of cross-references
  • subject-verb agreement
  • pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • appropriate use of modifiers
  • slang/vernacular and sexist language
  • proper and/or consistent font/typeface
  • proper use of trademarks
  • accuracy of glossary, cross-references, footnotes, and index
  • proper use of abbreviations and acronyms
  • proper use of numbers and symbols
  • quotation mark errors, missing parentheses, wrong number of ellipsis points
  • figures and tables mentioned in previous text
  • running heads, footers, and page numbers
  • errors in continuity
  • formatting per style guide and/or template
  • line, page, and section breaks
  • proper appearance of graphics and illustrations
  • accuracy of table of contents and formatting of levels
  • appendixes in correct order
  • bibliography/references/glossary terms are complete and properly alphabetized
  • final pagination

Select your copy editor.

Ayla Myrick

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