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Copyediting is a thorough check of your document for correct and consistent language use.



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A copyedit checks

• spelling

• punctuation

• grammar

• terminology

• abbreviations

• acronyms

• numbers, dates and symbols


A copyedit also checks for consistent style usage and formatting of

• headings

• text

• tables, diagrams, figures, illustrations

• lists

• headers and footers

• page numbers

• spacing

• hyphenation

• table of contents

• references


It does not involve rewriting, or looking at sequencing and placement of material. This is structural editing.