May 12 2010

Editors help with consistency

by Barbie in Editing

This week, we’re going to feature some benefits that you can gain by using our service. If you think you’re a good writer and have a strong grasp of the English language, perhaps you think using an editor is a waste of time and money. However, even the best writers can benefit from working with an editor. We all have flaws in our writing, and editors work with writers to identify these flaws and work to eliminate them. In addition, editors have a keen eye to spot non-grammatical errors that the writer may not see.

Today’s topic is consistency. Editors can standardize your document, which is important in maintaining clarity. A consistent document is a clean document. Here are some consistency issues we often point out in documents:

Word usage.

Should you use “website” or “web site?” Is the proper term “healthcare” or “health care?” Should “long term” be hyphenated? Often, writers spell a word multiple ways in one document. This error is particularly common in a lengthy document, like a dissertation, when references spell terms in a variety of ways. We spot these inconsistencies and help you standardize them. Often, it’s not which term you use; it’s whether you’ve used the term consistently throughout your document.

Figures and tables.

Each figure and table in your document will present unique information, but the figures and tables should follow a standard template. This standard is often dictated by your style guide, but writers often get caught up in the content and overlook the formatting.

Headings.

Using headings can be a great way to guide your reader through your document, but if your headings aren’t standardized, you’ll lose this benefit. We check headings to ensure they are properly assigned in the document.