Proofreading word count
Thread poster: O. Morais
| | O. Morais
Local time: 18:58
English to Portuguese
I feel a bit confused regarding word count in translation proofreading as I have just finished my first job at that. I wonder if both source and target texts are included in the word count, or if only the target text should. I would really appreciate if you could enlighten me on this matter. Many thanks.
| | ViktoriaG
Local time: 13:58
English to French
| The wordcount stands for the number of words you proofread || Jul 16, 2008 |
If you really only proofread, then the source text has nothing to do with the wordcount or even the task you accomplish. Proofreading is about checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, readability and consistency of the target text. It doesn't encompass checking that everything was translated, that the correct terminology was used and that the translation is accurate - that would be reviewing.
When you proofread, you only handle the target text, and therefore, only the target text is counted. However, when you review, you are dealing with both texts, and that can be a bit harder to assess. In such cases, it is best to simply charge by the hour. Make sure you charge your full hourly translation rate - since reviewing the text will take you less time than translating it, it will also cost the client proportionally less money. After all, you know how much an hour of your time is worth.
For more information on proofreading and reviewing, you can read this article:
All the best!
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