Checking Proofs

Checking Proofs

When we receive page proofs from the printer, the text should be clean, since it’s already undergone editing and proofreading by the editor and author multiple times.  However, proofs are also the last chance to fix any errors that slipped through before the book is published. 

Make sure…

  • The page numbers in the table of contents are accurate
  • All of the titles match in the TOC and on title pages
  • The running heads are correct
  • No pages are missing
  • Every title page is formatted the same
  • No illustrations are missing
  • The captions and illustrations are paired correctly
  • No errors jump out while skimming the text
  • The footnotes or endnotes are numbered correctly—do they start at 1? Does a spot check have them matching up? Is the last reference number in the text the same as the last number in the notes?
  •  The formatting is correct—no odd fonts/font sizes appear, no missing elements (like drop caps), no odd spacing, etc.


If any corrections need to be made, mark them clearly and flag the pages.  Best-case scenario is no changes at this stage, but look the proofs over with a careful eye.