Orthographic proofreading

Orthographic proofreading can give your thesis a professional, flawless touch. This includes a variety of services – have a look!

The editing of an academic work can take many forms. Yet „editing“ is not necessarily equal to proofreading. This ranges from the correction of formal linguistic errors right through to style editing and further includes content editing. Orthographic proofreading primarily focuses on cleaning up your writing inconsistencies that contain textual differences from the usual, established Duden spelling standards. The aim of orthographic editing is to attain an academic work that reflects the basic requirements on a linguistic level – ultimately, correctly implemented speech and writing standards reflect the inherent quality of your work.

What services are covered in orthographic proofreading?

Before the proofreader can begin assessing your assignment or thesis in terms of the content, he will thoroughly inspect and evaluate your introduction and the basic presentation of your work. If there are writing or formatting errors on the title page already, your academic efforts will immediately be scrutinized much more harshly than a work that already appears flawless at first glance. If the language is incorrect, it doesn’t matter how sophisticated your research results are: Errors in language usage can quickly cause points to be deducted.

Orthographic proofreading will lend your bachelor’s, master’s or PhD thesis a uniform, quality appearance. Our editors review and improve your spelling (orthography), punctuation and grammatical errors, such as incorrectly declined adjectives or grammatical cases. German spelling in particular has many pitfalls, but since the spelling reform of 1996, certain variations in spelling are permitted wherein both the old and the modified usage are considered equally correct (in terms of spelling/orthography). This being the case, our editors take special care to ensure that your work adheres to one of the alternatives only, and thus exhibits a continuous, uniform spelling. Sentence structure is also covered under the auspices of orthographic editing: if subordinate clauses placed in the wrong order, our editors take steps to correct them grammatically. Our experts also have a keen eye for wordy, run-on sentences that unfold in conditional clauses over many lines and will break these up and shorten them in order to increase the readability of the text.

Another phenomenon covered in orthographic proofreading is the proper use of foreign words. Within a particular academic department there are often technical terms that must be applied correctly both in terms of content and in the correct spelling – among other things, the correct use of technical terminology is a sign that you can confidently and properly apply the knowledge acquired in your studies. Since technical terminology already touches upon the content aspect of your thesis, in some cases reviewing proper terminology use is part of content editing, and not the orthographic editing.

How can our editors help you with orthographic editing?

Our editors deal with the German language on a daily basis. They are extremely well versed in spelling and grammar and are thus are able to correct your work reliably. As external, objective reviewers, they will also see errors that you no longer notice as an author, even on the tenth reading of your academic work. To help you keep track, even in the correction phase of your bachelor’s or master’s thesis, our editors highlight any changes that they make to your text. Using comments, they will also indicate sections that require a complete revision linguistically. In this way, when you receive your work back from us, you will understand every detail of the corrections made and can implement changes yourself, lending the work your own final, personal touch.

What services are included in orthographic proofreading?

Orthographic proofreading is the basis of any correction of academic work and ensures that your work makes a good first impression externally and that it is completely readable. If you are somewhat unsure whether or not you’ve hit the right note when it comes to stylistic matters, or if you wonder if you’ve demonstrated relationships comprehensibly throughout the content of the paper, you can further optimize your academic work with additional editing services.

Our editors will revise your assignment or dissertation within the framework of stylistic editing. Many instructors at universities attach great importance to the fact that an academic paper exhibits an appealing and academically high standard of writing. Our editors will help you to formulate your work in a stylistically clean and sophisticated way. In addition, you also have the opportunity to have your work reviewed in the context of an academic, content-based editing for logical development and a continuous argument structure. In this case, you will also receive detailed feedback on your work, which will help you further in further revision. A plagiarism check and verification of citations, footnotes and other formalities completes our service. Questions about orthographic or content editing? Just ask us – we’re happy to accommodate!