What is an editorial? Is it the pure proofreading of a text? If so, wouldn’t it be the same as a proofreading? And how useful is it to have my thesis edited?

Due to the increasing number of commercial offers for professional proofreading and proofreading, more and more students are dealing with this topic. Therefore, in this article we would like to explain the exact definitions and differences and answer the most frequently asked questions on this topic.

Editing | definition

Editing is the revision of a text in terms of spelling, stylistic, grammatical and content improvements. Stylistically, care is taken to ensure that the syntax and writing style correspond to the subject area or type of text (eg non-fiction or scientific work). In addition, the correct spelling and use of the appropriate specialist terminology is checked. The content-related logic and the presence of a coherent red thread, as well as the citation and compliance with the formal standards are the subject of a review.

Editing vs. Proofreading | The differences

In the case of a proofreading, the text is checked for spelling and grammar. The content and the style are not respected in a proofreading. Thus, a proofreading is a proofreading, which was supplemented by the content and stylistic aspect of a text. An editor must therefore always be an expert in the relevant field of the text to be checked in order to understand and evaluate the content correctly. In contrast, a proofreader can also be a non-specialist person.

Science lecture | Special feature within the proofing system

The Wissenschaftslektorat deals exclusively with texts from the field of science and research and thus represents a peculiarity within the Lektoratswesens dar. Thus it is limited to the relevant field of the lecturer, which usually has a university degree or even a PhD. A science lecturer is required, among other things, by professors or research directors who want to publish their scientific findings in a specialist journal. But even students who are doing their homework, bachelor thesis or master thesis are increasingly among the clients. In terms of content, the Wissenschaftslektorat does not differ from ‘ordinary’ editing.

When is a copy-reading useful? | Almost always!

Editing is useful and common in many areas nowadays. For example, before a book is published, it will be edited by at least one person. This task is also becoming increasingly important in scientific papers such as specialist articles, seminar papers or master’s theses. And that makes sense, because the author of the text creates a certain blindness to his own mistakes during the writing process. The more frequently your own text is read, the less noticeable is the small spelling or grammatical error. Or a certain word is always misspelled by the author and is therefore not recognized as a mistake. Also on automatic spelling aids of word processing programs is not always reliable. Especially when many terms are used, these programs can not check the correct spelling or use.

If texts have to be written in a foreign language, in addition to the wrong spelling for a word, syntax errors can quickly creep in. This often happens when trying to translate a German sentence directly and word by word into the foreign language. Here an experienced lecturer can provide important help and improve the text not only linguistically but above all in terms of content.

Particularly with scientific work a lecture is particularly meaningful. This ensures that your own work meets the high scientific requirements in terms of spelling, format, sentence structure, writing style, structure and content. If this is a thesis directly related to a grade, the time invested or the money invested has certainly been used meaningfully.

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