Proofreading: Quick Tips for
Every researcher wants his manuscript to be ready for publication
in his target journal. And to develop such a manuscript, he looks
towards competent medical proofreading services.
But what makes a medical proofreading service competent?
Of course, it’s their medical proofreaders! If they are competent
and experienced, they will offer a good service to their clients and
get them back for more work.
Here are the five tips for the
beginners on how to set
themselves up for the success in
1) Understand the Publication
The basic requirement of a proofreading job is to
know the final destination of the manuscript i.e.
where it will be published.
Will it be published as a print book or in a scholarly
journal? This is important because the proofreading
process will change accordingly. If the manuscript
has to be published as a print book, proofreading
might involve marking up a “print gallery” in a
2) Take a Course or a Workshop
in Medical Proofreading
A medical or an English degree is not sufficient.
You need to hone your proofreading skills as well.
This is especially important if you work on different
contexts like on paper, in Microsoft Word or in a
A professional course or a workshop in medical
proofreading will develop the necessary skill set in
3) Use the Right Technology
for the Job
As per Rich Adin, author of the popular “An
American Editor blog”, you must choose the right
computer for proofreading as this will give you
access to the tools that can improve your
proofreading accuracy and efficiency.
4) Use Digital Tools to Improve
the Accuracy and Efficiency of
Though digital tools can’t replace a human eye in the
proofreading process, they can, sometimes, save your
time and efforts. You should proofread the
manuscript yourself first. Then, you can take the help
of these digital tools for the second round of the
These proofreading tools can also check the internal
consistency of the submitted document.
5) Develop your Business
Success in medical proofreading needs business
acumen as well. By developing your business and
marketing tactics, you can get yourself in the front
of your target customers easily and at a faster rate.
So, invest your time and efforts in following these
tips that will help you learn the basics of successful
The publishing field is constantly changing. So,
you must keep yourself informed and quickly
adapt to these changes to stay ahead of the
Therefore, these tips will also help you
understand that successful proofreaders are
curious – they are constant learners, always
with an eye to what might be on the horizon.