Proofreading looks specifically at punctuation, spelling, grammar, and internal consistency in a manuscript. References and formatting are checked and applied throughout the manuscript. Since proofreading is the final pass of the editing process, it essentially sets the manuscript up for a seamless, professional quality design of the manuscript as a print file. Proofreading service includes the creation of a personalized style sheet (if one hasn't already been created during line- and copyediting).
Resources: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Ed., Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
During proofreading I will focus on:
Consistency of grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization
Missing or repeated words
Proofreading is completed using either Track Changes in Word or tools for marking up PDF proofs. Authors are responsible for accepting/rejecting all changes to the manuscript. Please note, proofreading is not a substitute for editing.