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Hard copy editing marks

Editors in many disciplines use two fairly standard sets of marks that you can use to tag hard copy documents. One set is specifically for copyediting; it assumes that the edited document will be double-spaced, with lots of room between the lines for an editor's scribbling. The other set is specifically for proofreading; it assumes that the edited document will be single-spaced.

There is some crossover between copyediting marks and proofreading marks, but they are not interchangeable. Keep them separate.

Copyediting Symbols

Copyediting Symbols: Words and Letters

list of symbols and examples for visual editing

Copyediting Symbols: Text Formatting

list of symbols and examples for visual editing

Copyediting Symbols: Punctuation Marks

list of symbols and examples for visual editing

Copyediting Symbols: Spacing and Positioning

list of symbols and examples for visual editing

Copyediting Symbols: Alignment and Spacing

list of symbols and examples for visual editing

 

Copyediting Symbols Quizzes

match the symbol to its meaning! (punctuation)

match the symbol to its meaning! (words & letters 1)

match the symbol to its meaning! (words & letters 2)

match the symbol to its meaning! (alignment & spacing)

match the symbol to its meaning! (spacing & positioning)

extra practice 1

extra practice 2

 

Proofreading Symbols

Proofreading Symbols: Words and Letters

visual proofreading symbols and example uses

 

Proofreading Symbols: Text Formatting

visual proofreading symbols and example uses

 

Proofreading Symbols: Punctuation Marks

visual proofreading symbols and example uses

 

Proofreading Symbols: Spacing and Positioning

Proofreading symbols for spacing and positioning

 

For a downloadable, printable, and accessible PDF of the proofreading marks above, click here: Proofreading Marks