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Proof of Concept

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Proof of Concept provides a proofreading and copy editing service to customers within the UK. It specialises in academic assignments and work for the public and voluntary sectors. It can also undertake work on web content and business documents of all kinds.

Proof of Concept can:
– eliminate errors of usage, grammar, syntax,spelling and punctuation
– ensure that formatting and presentation guidelines are adhered to
– advise on improving clarity of expression and resolving possible ambiguities
– ensure that tables and figures are present, correct and properly captioned
– check footnotes and references (where permitted).

The company is run by Catherine Ebenezer, who holds postgraduate qualifications in theology and information science, and is the author of numerous articles on aspects of library and information science.

The service is designed to be flexible, cost effective and tailored to the needs of the individual, helping clients to improve the presentation of their work. The ‘track changes’ and comments features of MS Word-compatible word processing software are used to edit and annotate documents. References can be verified from a wide range of bibliographic sources.

The service costs £13.50 per hour. A free estimate can be provided, based on the first 500 words.

Proof of Concept’s customer base currently includes academics and students across a range of disciplines. In the past, Catherine has undertaken extensive editing of web content and publications for a professional association.

Prospective customers should check their institution’s policies regarding academic misconduct / unfair means, where applicable. Most will allow the use of proofreading services for academic assignments, as long as the intellectual content of the piece is not altered or enhanced. The following (from the University of Sheffield) is typical:

“… It is acceptable for students to employ other people to proof read their written work if they wish, before hand in … However, bearing in mind the regulations that such material must be the student’s own work, the input of the proof reader must be limited to:

• Bringing to the student’s attention errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
• Pointing out to the student passages where poor English makes it hard to understand the points the student is making or the arguments they are developing.
• Reminding the student where citations and references are needed.

The student should make any such corrections themselves, so that what they hand in for marking is their own work.

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