If you have written wrong spellings in a Facebook comment of yours, you must have noticed the huge number of backlashes from judgmental people. Imagine the same scenario for your thesis. You may not receive any backlash or rude comment, but your paper will simply get rejected. No matter how good the content is, or how fruitful your research has been, your paper will simply get rejected in a blink of an eye. So is the importance of proofreading.
What is Proofreading?
Proofreading is a vital review process for any written document where you need to revise it again and again and scrutinize the paper to make it error-free before presenting it to the desired reviewer. Proofreading is reading your own written document multiple times in order to ensure that the final written document is precise, enticing and grammatically correct.
Why is Proofreading Important?
Proofreading is important for a number of reasons. Proofreading is nothing but editing your written paper. When you read a content, multiple times, every time, you discover new flaws and mistakes, that you have missed out on the previous reading sessions. You can also discover certain other aspects, like repetitions of the same concept, texts, etc. You can remove repetitions and add points that you might have missed out. Thus, proofreading gives your paper a fresh perspective. If you have ever done proofreading your exam answer sheets during examination time, you must have noticed several spelling mistakes, or a silly mistake of a math problem. The same applies for an essay, a Facebook comment, or a journal paper. Nowadays, there are several proofreading services and software applications available in the market, that can readily rectify your spelling and grammatical errors. All you need to do is search “Proofread my paper” on Google and here you are with a plethora of proofreader services. But a software is not sufficient to wipe out all errors. It can give you a kick start, but concepts can be polished only when you generously focus on proofreading yourself. For example, if you find that one paragraph does not have a good amount of information, you can gather knowledge by reading other journals, online reading materials, and finally come up with a better paragraph. Only when you have proofread your paper multiple times and wiped out all errors, you can consider your document to be complete and ready for submission.
How to proofread my paper?
There are certain basic steps that you need to follow:
- Read your paper loudly so that you can hear it. Only then you can potentially detect errors in a way of writing or errors in writing a concept with clarity. When you read the overall paper, many times, you gain the ability to detect what else do you need to add, which paragraphs to be removed, etc.
- Next, focus on every paragraph. Check how a single paragraph can be written in a more precise manner. Proofread each paragraph.
- Next, take every line and check for grammatical mistake, spelling errors, etc. In this case, you can take help of online proofreaders to detect grammatical errors, capitalization errors, numbering errors, punctuations, inconsistency, etc.
- Finally, make someone experienced in your field, like your mentor or your friend to proofread your paper. If s/he points out errors, do look at them and follow steps 1 to 3 once again.
Hope these tips will help you!