Always forgetting that one crucial step when proofreading? You're not alone. Proofreading is a many-faceted thing and there is a lot to remember when approaching a piece of writing.
To help you, we've compiled a selection of checklists for proofreading. We designed each of these to help you remember all the important details. The checklists cover a range of document types, including academic, creative, and business writing. You can also download our blank template and personalise your list.
Remember everything from spotting frequently misused words to differences between English dialects. We've also provided practical considerations for different types of clients and documents in each checklist.
Arm yourself with Proofreading Academy's checklists to ensure nothing is missed when you edit.
Downloadable Proofreading Checklists
Download your checklists here:
Academic Proofreading Checklist
- Academic proofreading checklist – Our academic proofreading checklist is designed for student essays, but you can adapt it and use it for dissertations, journal articles, theses, research papers, and any other academic documents.
Business Proofreading Checklists
These checklists are suitable for a range of business documents:
- Formal business proofreading checklist – Use this for proofreading formal business documents such as business reports and instructional manuals.
- Informal business proofreading checklist – Use this checklist for informal and marketing business copy, such as blogs, email content, and website content.
Creative Writing Proofreading Checklists
Use these checklists when working with clients in the publishing industry:
- Fiction manuscript proofreading checklist – Use this checklist when copy-editing manuscripts for fiction novels.
- Non-fiction proofreading checklist – Use this checklist for proofreading or copy-editing non-fiction manuscripts.
Blank Proofreading Checklist
- Blank checklist template – Download this blank template and personalise it. Always forgetting that one thing? Just add it to this document and create a list to remind yourself of the key steps of your proofreading process.
We hope you find these helpful.
The Becoming A Proofreader course takes an in-depth look at many of spelling, grammar, and punctuation issues referred to in these checklists. By the end of the course, you'll be equipped with everything you need to know to proofread professionally and work with a range of clients. Sign up to the free trial today!