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A proofreader’s checklist

  1. Abbreviations
  2. Alignment
  3. Bold/italic/underlined punctuation
  4. Bold/italic/underlined text
  5. Capitalisation
  6. Cross-references
  7. Em and en rules
  8. Em and en spaces
  9. Fixed and thin spaces
  10. Font style
  11. Font sizing
  12. Footnotes and references
  13. Formatting
  14. Global changes
  15. Grammar
  16. Heading numbers
  17. Heading styles
  18. Hyphens
  19. Illustrations and captions
  20. Images
  21. Indentation
  22. Index indentation
  23. Index order
  24. ISBNs and ISSNs
  25. Jargon and clichés
  1. Justification/spacing
  2. Numbers/numbering
  3. Page layout
  4. Page numbering
  5. Paragraph breaks
  6. Paragraph order
  7. Pronouns agreeing with antecedents
  8. Punctuation
  9. Quotes
  10. Repetition of words or ideas
  11. Running headlines
  12. Sense/meaning
  13. Sentence length
  14. Spaces between lines
  15. Spaces between words
  16. Special characters
  17. Spelling, incl. consistency
  18. Style and tone of writing
  19. Tables
  20. Turnover lines
  21. Typos
  22. Verb tense consistency
  23. Verbs agreeing with subjects
  24. Widows and orphans
  25. Word breaks