Mark corrections attentively

Documents slated for paper copy pass through many hands between the author's submission and their final appearance as printed pages. Common sense suggests that a standard method of marking corrections will reduce the chances of misunderstandings. Proofreaders' marks form an internationally recognized convention, although British and American systems differ slightly. With the galley, publishers often include a list of preferred marks, with examples of their use.

Mark corrections in the margin and put proofreaders' marks in the body of the text where the errors occur. Never write the correction itself above the lines of type within the printed matter.

Checking over a galley, the printer looks for marginal notations, and makes only the alterations noted there. He or she will not, and cannot be expected to, make sweeping corrections on the basis of a single command such as "change this word to italics throughout the document." Mark each change on the proof where it occurs. When more than one correction must be written in the margin next to a single line of type, arrange them in sequence from left to right, and separate them by slashes (slant lines).

The time for revision or adding new information has passed. Changes in the typescript at this point should only be to correct errors. Resist any impulse to further polish style. In fact, such changes are usually expressly forbidden, and any changes made that are not the fault of the typesetter may be charged to the author as "penalty copy" at considerable expense. (Rarely, a journal will allow a brief appendix to be added that notes new information that supports work in the paper.)

A proofreader's nightmare

Can you read this? Olny srmat poelpe can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulacity uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

Bceuase of the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are.

The olnyy iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig, huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot sipeling was ipmorantt!

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