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Your Proofreading Checklist

After Wiley has typeset your manuscript, you are given the opportunity to review and read for any typographical corrections.

Below you'll find a step-by-step guide to accurate proofing.

Tips for Proofreading

If there appears to have been corruption of the proofs, please alert the Project Manager/Production Editor before going too far with the proofreading.

To allow for PDF proofing, low-resolution images may have been used in your proof file. However, high-resolution images will be used in the final published version. If you have any queries regarding the quality of the artwork, please contact your Project Manager/Production Editor.

Please restrict your alterations to the correction of factual errors or misspellings.

Wherever a change is essential, please substitute as few words as possible, filling an approximately equal amount of space.

If any corrections made to proofs are likely to affect index entries, e.g. spelling of names, please alert your Production Editor.

Avoid changes that will cause large amounts of text to move to different pages as it will affect the numbering of index entries, creating extra work and cost. When returning proofs, list any general typesetting or correction problems you have noticed.

Before you send your proofs

Check your content against the table of contents to ensure all sections of book were delivered and complete.

Resolve all outstanding queries. These are listed at the front of each chapter proof. The text to which the queries refer is indicated on the proof by numbers (e.g. "Q1") in the margin. Please ensure these are answered in full.

If your manuscript was supplied to Wiley as a hard copy or in a digital file format that was not editable, the typesetter will have had to key in all, or part, of the text from scratch. Please check any such "rekeyed" text carefully.

Check that contributor names, positions, and affiliations are correct (including consistent use of given names/initials) and that all contributors are included, alphabetically, in any list of contributors.

Check that the heading hierarchy is correct.

Typeface and special characters

We will have used a Wiley approved font, based on our text design. Check that special characters have not been affected during typesetting, e.g. mathematical symbols in inline and displayed equations, language characters with diacritical marks or in non-roman script.

For any symbols that can't be displayed using the annotation tools in the proofs, use a reference system to a separate resource (e.g. a font table or character set) that provides a visual representation of the characters required. You can attach a Word document to the e-proofs at any point in the text to illustrate what you need to convey.

If some characters are in a different font to the regular text, make sure the new font starts and stops in the right place.

If computer code is used in your text, please check that a computer font is OK and that line breaks are as intended.


Ensure any cross-references will also work in the digital editions of the book.

This requires the cross-reference to point to a fixed element in the text, e.g. "see Figure 1.1" or "see section 4.3." Don't allow expressions such as "see above," "see below," or "see page 000."

Figures, tables, boxes, and plates

Check figure labeling and keys, especially if redrawn by an artist or typesetter.

Check that figures, especially photos, are not reversed or upside down.

Check column and row headings of tables.

Check the captions against the content of figures and tables, especially noting the accuracy of any references to different parts of a figure.

Where people's names, data or identities haven't been masked, check your records to ensure that consent was obtained for such use and that it is accurate.

Half-title/title page

Check the half-title and title page to be sure the title and author/editor names are correct.

eAnnotation of PDF proofs

Annotating PDFs means that your corrections are absolutely clear and that errors can't be introduced through misinterpretation of your markup. The guide available below is intended to show you the essential tools you need to start using the eAnnotation system but if you need further information please refer to the "Help" files in Adobe.

To start using eAnnotation, make sure you have downloaded the most recent version of Acrobat Reader from This will give you access to the widest range of annotation tools and ensure that you are able to work with the files that we send to you. This document is written with Adobe Reader X screen shots.

View the guidelines.