It is the careful reading and rereading of a document, prior to final-printing, to detect any errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar. It also involves checking different elements of a layout (such as headlines, paragraphs, illustrations, and colors) for their correct dimensions, placement, type, etc. Initial improvements are suggested by a proofreader, and are then applied at the discretion of the author.

At FPI, it is common practice to annotate documents with clear explanations of the reasons for any suggested modifications.

Every author knows that, despite the spell-checking abilities of modern word processors, a human proof reader is indispensable. If you click on the button below, you will see some of the pitfalls of not having someone to check your work. In some cases, they can also prove quite costly!