Order of Editing

 

First Reading:

 

The first reading is an overall assessment of the manuscript. At the end of the first read, the editor will either meet with the author or send a letter outlining the details. Click the appropriate genre for specific details.

 

First Edit:

 

The first edit is a substantive/structural edit. At the end of the first edit, the editor will either meet with the author or return an annotated electronic copy of the manuscript to the author outlining editorial suggestions. Click the appropriate genre for specific details.

 

* This edit does not include research or writing original material unless contracted in advance.

 

Second Edit:

 

The second edit is a stylistic edit or line-by-line edit for language and consistency. However, if the structural flaws as noted in the first edit have not been sufficiently addressed, the author will be contacted and the second edit will be suspended until the structural flaws can be discussed and/or repaired at no additional cost. At the end of the second edit, the editor will return an electronic copy of the manuscript with stylistic suggestions annotated. Click the appropriate genre for specific details.

 

* This edit does not include checking or correcting reading level unless contracted in advance.

 

Third Edit

 

The third edit is a copy edit. At the end of the third edit, the editor will return an electronic copy of the manuscript with edits marked. Click the appropriate genre for specific details.

Final Edit:

 

This edit is a space-by-space proofreading for minor mechanical errors in the copy completed just prior to release and submission to a publisher. An example of minor mechanical errors are:

  • typographical errors

  • spelling mistakes

  • small deviations from style sheet such as font inconsistencies

However, if the copy edits as noted in the third edit have not been sufficiently addressed, the author will be contacted and the second edit will be suspended until the editor is assured that the author has deliberately chosen to reject the copy edits. At the end of the final edit, the editor will return an electronic copy of the manuscript with all mechanical errors noted.

 

* This edit does not include the following unless contracted in advance:

  • incorporating author's alterations

  • checking accuracy of running heads and folios

  • checking page breaks

  • inserting or checking page numbers to contents and page references

  • flagging or checking location of art

Updated August, 2019

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