Category Archives: Proofreading

Causes of Proofreading Errors 15 – Electronic tools not identifying errors due to a lack of validation

Proofreading is a critical quality control step in the process of ensuring that the artwork that appears on finished product is correct. Mistakes in this artwork can, and have, put patient safety at risk. Therefore, we would recommend that any … Continue reading

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Causes of Proofreading Errors 14 – Relying on electronic proofreading tools to do everything

Modern electronic proofreading tools provide an excellent way of minimising the risk of artwork errors going undetected. Table 14.1 lists the typical types of tools used during proofreading activity. Table 14.1 Typical Proofreading Tools Tool Type Typical Uses in Proofreading … Continue reading

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Causes of Proofreading Errors 13 – Not proofreading all elements because of a lack of tools

One very simple reason for inadequate proofreading being performed is that the appropriate tools are not available. At it’s simplest level, we have come across situations where there was no way for the proof reader to print out documents at … Continue reading

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Causes of Proofreading Errors 12 – Not ensuring that people have quality time to do their work

As anyone involved in Quality will tell you that not providing adequate quality time to perform tasks is a sure way to introduce errors and non-compliance. Proofreading is no exception to this rule and seems to suffer particularly badly due … Continue reading

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Causes of Proofreading Errors 11 – Not ensuring people have the right environment to work in

Proofreading requires concentration on often large documents for extended periods of time. A small desk and laptop in a busy, noisy open plan office is hardly conducive to performing this task well. In all cases we would recommend that the … Continue reading

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Causes of Proofreading Errors 10 – Not ensuring that people have the right skills and temperament

If we were to list some of the attributes of someone ideally suited to the proofreading task it might look something like this: •   High process compliance focus. •   Strong attention to detail. •   High self discipline. … Continue reading

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Causes of Proofreading Errors 9 – Not using checklist to ensure everything is being done

Proofreading requires a great deal of concentration and can often take a considerable period of time. For example, it is not uncommon for a manual proofread of a long multi-language leaflet to take a day to complete. Furthermore, because of … Continue reading

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