Read the proof carefully

Examine individual sentences slowly, word by word and line by line. To detect spelling errors, try reading lines backward to view each word separately. Compare the typeset material with the original typescript to ensure that no material has been omitted or repeated. Examine numbers carefully, especially in tables.

Errors at this stage can be difficult to catch when working alone. If possible, enlist a friend's aid, so that one person can slowly read the original typescript aloud while the other checks the galley.

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