What are Technical Editing, QC Concepts and Proofreading?
Technical editing involves reviewing text written on a technical topic, identifying usage errors and ensuring adherence to a style guide. Technical editing may include the correction of grammatical mistakes, misspellings, mistyping, incorrect punctuation, inconsistencies in usage, poorly structured sentences, wrong scientific terms, wrong units and dimensions, inconsistency in significant figures, technical ambivalence, technical disambiguation, statements conflicting with general scientific knowledge, correction of synopsis, content, index, headings and subheadings, correcting data and chart presentation in a research paper or report, and correcting errors in citations.
Proofreading is the reading of an electronic copy of a publication to detect and correct production errors of text or art. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate by default because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication.
Before a publication goes to print, the document
goes through the standard production quality control (QC) process. A QC
specialist examines the pages of the publication to make sure that the correct
format and design have been consistently applied, the pagination is correct,
the table of contents matches the text and the cross-references are accurate.
Once the QC specialist signs off on this review, the designer can then prepare
final files for the printer. More...