The first time you receive your copyedited manuscript, it can be intimidating. What do these weird marks strewn all over my beautifully typed pages mean?
Use the guide below as a reference for these mysterious copyediting marks. Before you know it, you’ll understand them as well as any copyeditor.
Keep in mind that the logic behind most of these copyediting symbols is simply to make punctuation changes more visible. Who would notice a comma if it didn’t have a little roof above its head?
One more thing: this only applies to copyeditors who copyedit by hand. Most copyeditors use track changes in Word. See a screenshot below for an example of changes that were made using Word. If you prefer one format over the other, be sure to let us know, and we’ll pair you with a copyeditor who has the same preference.