What services does Proof, Edit & Style provide?
Proof, Edit & Style provide the level of editing that you require – from surface level checks of spelling, grammar and punctuation, to structural editing of sentences, paragraphs and whole documents, including expression, word choice and language.
What document types can you edit?
Proof, Edit & Style primarily work with Microsoft Word format files, using the Track Changes tool. This ensures that our clients retain authentic control of their work and can choose what suggested edits they accept or reject. See the example of Track Changes on our Home page.
If you prefer to work with Portable Document Format (PDF) files, we can also edit these using “sticky notes”. For example, if you require PDF journal proofs to be compared with your original document, then we will use PDF editing tools to mark any changes between your manuscript and the proofs.
If you need to work with hard copy or have another electronic file format you need us to work with, let us know as we have experience working with most other formats.
What is the turnaround time?
Your editor will discuss with you the earliest return time and will try and work within your deadlines. If it is a short document and you have a tight deadline and need it done in a few hours, then book ahead and we will schedule your work in to ensure we can have it finished within your time frame. Please allow some time after we return the document to you to look over the changes and accept or reject each change. For longer documents, such as business reports and theses, we can work with tight deadlines if you give notice and we schedule your document in. We will need an estimate of the finished word length to ensure we allow enough time to edit your document thoroughly.
What will my edited document look like?
Depending on how much editing was needed, your edited document might look like it has a lot of red pen all over it (see the Track Changes example on our Home page
). There are two views of your track-changed document, to change views tap your mouse on one of the vertical lines in the left margin of your document. One view will have all the changes clearly visible in the body of the text (and any comments made in the margin), the other version will show you what the document looks like if all of the edits were incorporated in the document, i.e. what a clean edited copy will look like (also with any comments made in the margin). Microsoft Word provides several options to accept or reject the track changes, if you are unfamiliar with these, we’ll let you know how to deal with them.
For commercial clients we can provide a second version of the document with all changes accepted, however, for academic clients we only provide a track changes version. This complies with university academic regulations and ensures that the work remains yours.