Copy Edit

Copy Editing

What is copy editing, and how does it differ from content editing? If you imagine the following three levels of editing:

  1. Proofreading (which might include a tiny amount of editing)
  2. Copy editing (some call this line editing or structural editing)
  3. Content editing (otherwise known as development/substantive editing)

Level 2 (copy) editing includes the same as level 1 but also includes checking the following:

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  • URLs
  • Gender pronouns
  • Acronyms
  • Abbreviations
  • Dates
  • Names
  • Places
  • Figures
  • Times
  • Calculations
  • Etc.

Usually, I would check and correct all of these and a little more.