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Copyediting is more detailed than substantive editing. The focus is on grammar, spelling, capitalisation, punctuation, hyphenation and overall correctness and consistency.

Appropriate use of language

Check for correct and appropriate:

  • grammar
  • syntax
  • spelling
  • punctuation
  • clarity of expression.

This might include some rewording of sentences to ensure that the meaning is clear, but should not involve significant rewriting or restructuring.


Language consistency

Ensure consistency in terms of:

  • language and structural parallelism
  • terms used
  • spelling
  • capitalisation
  • hyphenation
  • abbreviations
  • expression of numbers and quantitative data
  • references.

Alternatively, the editor may follow a house style covering these elements.

Visual consistency

Ensure consistent and appropriate format in terms of:

  • typography
  • heading hierarchy
  • page layout
  • figures
  • tables and captions.

Alternatively, the editor may follow a house style covering these elements.


Check the accuracy of dates, model numbers, quotations, and hypertext links.


Check accuracy of cross-references within text, between text and figures, and between lists of contents and body of document.

Check conformity and completeness in textual and bibliographic references and quotations.

Check sources have been acknowledged and copyright law has been followed.

Conformity with style sheet

If no house style has been set, the editor will adopt or devise a style sheet that is internally consistent and in line with accepted practice, in consultation with the client.

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Find an editor

IPEd has established the Editors Directory. Clients can search the directory for freelance editors using specific criteria. These will identify editors that have specific interests, skills or experience in certain areas.