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Proofreading vs. Copy Editing

If your copy has more than 10 errors per page, then it's likely that your document needs to be copy edited rather than proofread.

Proofreading is meant to catch simple errors in typing, spelling and punctuation, while copy editing deals with formatting, consistency, style and accuracy of text.

Clients are advised to thoroughly edit and revise all text before submitting for proofreading. If copy has not been thoroughly edited for sense, and more than 10 errors appear per page, it may not be practical to submit copy for proofreading unless several rounds of proofing are expected.