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04/03/18
Editing and proofreading are essentials for a candidate who has to submit a thesis or dissertation. Many degree courses use a dissertation as a concluding form of study for a candidate to obtain a grade that will contribute to their professional qualification(s). Candidates have to employ academic skills in relation to their own disciplines. These skills include collating and assimilating information that is then used in the various sections of the completed project.

If you have an appointed supervisor for your dissertation, it is important to establish if you have a set schedule in place for meetings with your supervisor. A more important factor to consider is whether your supervisor is approachable and reassuring.

Editing is essential in the production of a dissertation. It is important that the typescript is checked word for word, that quotations are accurate and checked against the originals, that page numbers are supplied where quoted text is given, and that footnotes are in sequence and checked for accuracy.

Most UK proofreaders can provide this service, but it is important to choose an accredited company like Apollo Communication for the best results. Candidates who ask for proofreading of their dissertation are really requesting that the entire project be checked for all kinds of errors. These errors may include typos (literals) or incorrectly typed words, missing words, repeated words or phrases, and bad word breaks.








13/02/18
Reports are defined as ‘written accounts of something that has been observed, heard, done, or investigated’.

A multiplicity of organizations, including government bodies, businesses, the media and many educational disciplines make use of reports. Reports can be diverse and varied, but they must be accurate in their presentation, context, style, and they should be free of all kinds of grammatical and stylistic errors. The professional proofreader can address the subject of report proofreading and ensure that these documents fulfil their author’s expectations in that sentences are crisp in their meaning and free of spelling and typographical mistakes. While making a report suitable for publication, one must ensure that the information contained in it is grammatically accurate and consistent throughout.

When proofreading a government report on energy conservation, consistency is of the utmost importance; for example, it should be absolutely clear throughout the text whether one is referring to a metric ‘tonne’ or simply a ‘ton’. This is only one example of where errors can arise in the text of a report, and these inconsistencies have to be checked before publication.

Accuracy in reports cannot be overemphasized as inconsistencies in the text can lead to extreme errors, for example, ‘they haled from Turkey . . . ’

Professional proofreading, especially where reports are concerned, will ensure that sentences are free of jargon, repetition and factual mistakes. A simple error like the insertion of a comma in the wrong place can change the meaning of a sentence. For example, in ‘the crystal ball’ there is no comma between ‘crystal’ and ‘ball’, which is a compound noun.

But it is not only grammar, punctuation, spelling errors and typos that Apollo Communication will address when proofreading a report. Layout, consistency in the style of tables and illustrations will also be part of the remit, and references will be presented in a precise and systematic manner that is in keeping with a stipulated house style.

Apollo Communication, established in 1999, has helped government bodies and businesses to choose a suitable publication house style where one is not already in place. A house style is meant to ensure consistency in presentation of the written word. Dates should be presented consistently throughout a document. For example, ‘23 July 2006’, is clear and easy to read: here figures are separated by a word, but it should not be ‘July 30, 2006’ in another part of the text. The same applies for the names of organizations, especially when capitalization must be adhered to. Proofread reports will be presented in a professional manner – free of jargon, spelling mistakes and precise in their meaning.