Copyediting is most effective when the writer has worked out the structure and coherence of the writing, usually after the second or third draft. This stage of editing focuses on marking up grammar, spelling, and mechanics. Occasional rewrites of sentences or short passages might also come into play. All edits are inserted using Microsoft Word's Track Changes and can be rejected, approved, or revised later by the author using the same program.
With a sound structure of ideas in place, consistency and accuracy of language are the goals of this stage of editing. Depending on the complexity and level of errors, however, this stage may require more than one "pass."
- correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style
- word choice, tone, and usage
- source reference
- unity and coherence
- logical progression of thought
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