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Copy-editing

Preparation of the manuscript for typesetting by correcting errors, applying the house style and indicating paragraph formats. Traditionally done on paper, increasingly this work is done on screen and often is outsourced.

This stage in the editorial process follows substantive editing.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup. It was first referred to in the blog Getting Published in a post on the requirements and costs of self-publication.

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