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Article: The difference between editing and proofreading
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Nov 19, 2005

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Fabio Descalzi  Identity Verified
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A welcome explanation Dec 19, 2007

Thanks Viktoria for your article.

I would like to highlight your conclusion: The reason why it is important to distinguish between these two processes is that, more often than not, outsourcers call editing proofreading and vice versa. While most of them do this only because they don't make a difference between the two, a few of them will actually "lure" you into editing a document - at proofreading rates. To me, this comes down to being paid for only half of my work. I always tell outsourcers, when they consider giving me a job, what exactly my work will involve. If they sign the contract with my definition of the job on it, I can't go wrong.

Indeed, there are agencies that ask for "bilingual proofreaders", actually meaning "editors". People from countries where just one person is meant to do all the tasks concerning a complete translation should beware.

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Thank you Jul 12, 2012

Very Helpful details

Thank you

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Not everyone is dishonest Oct 2, 2012

An interesting and useful article.

However, I'm afraid I don't agree with the blandishment "PLEASE, do sign a contract for every job you do, no matter how small. It is the only way you can get paid". This is only true if your clients are - pardon my colourful language - scumbags. I have never signed a contract in over 15 years of translating and have never yet been stiffed. I always feel uneasy when asked to sign contracts, because I feel that my honesty and integrity are being called into question.

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Clive Phillips  Identity Verified
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It's looking a little dated Nov 6, 2012

The author makes some very good points but, seven years on, I feel it needs updating to reflect professional practices in 2012.

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