Editing - more than just proofreading


Many people use the terms "editing" and proofreading" interchangeably. But while the editing process includes proofreading, it goes far beyond the mere correction of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors in a text.

 

During the editing process, the text is put to the acid test: 

  • Does the style match the target audience, e.g. doctors, scientists, or patients? 
  • Is the text easy to read?
  • Is the text coherent and conclusive?
  • Have all the sources been correctly cited?
  • Have the formatting requirements been respected?

 

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Gender-inclusive Language


Using inclusive language means you communicate in a way that shows respect, is accessible to all members of your target audience, and equally empowers them. There are various ways to write a gender-inclusive text, e.g.:

 

  • Using inclusive pronouns: "they" instead of "he" or "she".
  • Using inclusive forms of address: "Ms." instead of "Mrs.", since it refers to any woman, regardless of marital status.
  • Avoiding gender-biased expressions such as "man up", or "fight like a girl".

 

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Plain Language


Using plain language means you write in a way that all of your readers will easily understand your text, regardless of their education and background. It avoids complex sentence structures, uses common, everyday words,  and directly addresses the reader. Patient-orientated documents should always be in plain language to make sure that all people have access to vital information, regardless of literacy.

 

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