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Following copy-editing and typesetting, the proofreader acts as a second pair of eyes on the text. The proofreader also checks the typesetter’s work. The course guides these tasks.

Who the course is for

For editorial staff seeking to improve proofreading skills.

Course content

  • Hard-copy and digital proofreading
  • Checking for spelling and grammatical errors overlooked by the copy-editor or incorrectly implemented by the typesetter
  • Making minor changes to improve the flow of text or to make it more understandable
  • Checking the typesetter’s work: table of contents, table of figures, page numbering, running heads, table and figure numbering, correct placement of images, widows/orphans, word breaks
  • Checking consistency of fonts/font sizes
  • Author queries
  • Tips and tricks for time-saving and accuracy

Course presenter

Dominic Carroll is a freelance copy editor, proofreader, indexer, typesetter and computer program trainer with more than thirty years experience. Examples of his work include The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (copy-editing, typesetting) and The Atlas of the Irish Revolution (proofreading), both published by Cork University Press.


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