Style

In these posts, we look at how proofreaders and editors should approach different writing styles and document types. Let us know if there are any style issues you'd like us to cover on the blog.

  • Proofreading Tips: A Quick Guide to Canadian English

    Proofreading Tips: A Quick Guide to Canadian English

    Nov 22, 2020

    • Common Errors
    • Dialects
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Spelling
    • Style

    Canadian English combines aspects of both American and British English, as well as having its own purely Canadian terminology and usage. We’ve put together a quick guide to Canadian English for proofreaders to highlight general guidelines for working with this dialect. Canadian English Spelling Canadian English usually follows British spelling conventions. For instance: Canadian English: […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Plagiarism and Copyright in Creative Writing

    Proofreading Tips: Plagiarism and Copyright in Creative Writing

    Nov 15, 2020

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Plagiarism in creative writing is harder to identify than, say, academic plagiarism. Despite this, proofreaders may want to look out for potential plagiarism and copyright issues in creative writing. To help you navigate these muddy waters, we’ve prepared a quick guide to the basics. What Is Plagiarism in Creative Writing? It is hard to define […]

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  • A Quick Guide to Citation Styles in CSE Referencing

    Oct 22, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    If you edit a lot of scientific writing, you will likely encounter CSE referencing at some point. But this system can be confusing, as it actually permits three citation styles. In this guide, then, we’ll set out the basics of CSE referencing, including what to look out for as a proofreader. What Is CSE Referencing? […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: What Counts as Plagiarism in Academic Writing?

    Oct 01, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    To do their job well, academic proofreaders need to know what constitutes plagiarism. This is partly so they can help clients avoid it. But guidelines on academic plagiarism may also affect the kinds of services you can provide. With that in mind, here, we look at: What counts as plagiarism in academic writing. What proofreaders […]

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  • Specialist Citation Styles: What Is AIP Referencing?

    Sep 24, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    Knowadays provides in-depth advice on academic proofreading, including outlining several major citation styles. But there are other specialist styles that you may encounter in your work. Today, for example, we’re taking a quick look at AIP referencing. What Is AIP Referencing? AIP referencing was created by the American Institute of Physics. It is often used […]

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  • Numeric Citations in ACS Referencing

    Sep 17, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    ACS referencing offers a couple of methods for citing sources in the chemical sciences. This includes a number–note system, where you cite sources using numbers in the text. But how do numeric citations work in ACS referencing? In this blog post, we run you through the basics. Numeric Citations Styles in ACS Referencing The number–note […]

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  • Date Format Variations: Little-Endian, Middle-Endian, Big-Endian

    Aug 30, 2020

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    In the Becoming A Proofreader course, we look at how date formats differ between American English and British/Australian English. There are, though, more than three countries in the world, so it’s worth looking at regional date format variations more generally. Otherwise, simply leave a comment prompting your client to check the date format(s) used in […]

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  • Editing Tips: Punctuation in APA Style

    Aug 27, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    The APA Publication Manual is one of the principal academic style guides. And if you’re proofreading academic writing, especially in the social and Becoming A Proofreader Want to know more about style guides and proofreading? Then our Becoming A Proofreader course could be just what you’re looking for. Sign up for a free trial today […]

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  • Editing Tips: What Are Word Divisions?

    Editing Tips: What Are Word Divisions?

    Aug 09, 2020

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    When proofreading a typeset text, such as the page proofs for a book, you may need to look for issues with word divisions. But what is a word division in proofreading? And how should proofreaders approach them when checking a document? In this post, we explain the basics. What Are Word Divisions? Part of typesetting […]

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  • Specialist Citation Styles: What Is ACS Referencing?

    Specialist Citation Styles: What Is ACS Referencing?

    Aug 06, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    If you’re editing or proofreading academic writing about chemistry, you may need to know how the ACS referencing system works. But you might not have come across this citation style unless you’re a chemist! To learn the basics, then, check out our guide below. What Is ACS Referencing? However, the ACS does provide some general […]

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