Proofreading and editing services represent a highly competitive market, not only in the UK, but also in many other countries, most noticeably the US.
Quality is one aspect that is claimed by almost every proofreading and editing service provider. In fact, almost every provider goes far as emphasising that their service is of the highest quality on the market.
However, it is in fact when the service standards of those providers are put to the test that it is established whether the concept of quality in proofreading and editing is ensured and honoured by them or not.
But the question remains as to what if a client trusts a certain provider and then finds out that their service is anything but even of acceptable quality, not the high quality they claim.
It is for this reason that the Ultimate Proofreader advises all clients, be them academics, students, professionals or businesses, to request a sample before entrusting their documents with a specific provider.
Proofreading and editing are much more than the mere correction of a few grammatical or typographical errors here or there. They are more to do with observing a sense of ownership towards the text, a sense that would make the editor or proofreader to focus on improving the text in a more comprehensive manner, in terms of grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, sentence structure, clarity, comprehensibility, among other aspects.
So, in a nutshell, ensure the document you want to have proofread or edited are in reliable, professional and genuinely high-quality hands.