My name is David Tracey, and I am a medical editor and proofreader. I have worked for many years as a scientist and researcher, and have considerable experience in copy editing, proofreading and publishing medical and technical texts.
Proofreading and editing often belong together, but they are separate processes. Copy editing of a technical document involves improvement of the style and quality to make it as clear and understandable as possible. This may require correction, condensation, reorganisation and other modifications. Proofreading is more concerned with the fine details, such as errors of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- BSc (Hons) University of Sydney (Australia)
- PhD (Neuroscience) Stanford University (USA)
- Diploma in Translation Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK)
- Member, Bundesband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer (BDÜ): The professional association of interpreters and translators in Germany
As an academic at universities in Europe and the United States, I was active as a writer, medical editor and proofreader of medical and scientific documents for publication in international journals. I bring this experience to my work as a freelance translator and copy editor.
- Over 300 manuscripts for publication in a bilingual dermatology journal
- Extensive documents on Ethiopian workers’ compensation for a United Nations body
- Data sheets on the composition and properties of homeopathic medication for a German agency
- Book chapters on Muslim approaches to human dignity for a German academic
The Importance of Proofreading and Editing
“What kind of impression does your printed or online material give? Surely, you’ve worked hard to formulate the right message for your audience. If you haven’t taken the time to edit and proofread, however, the idea that gets across might not be the same as what you intended.
Typographical errors, inaccurate grammar, and usage mistakes will not slip by unnoticed. They can convey the notion that you are careless. Such preventable oversights will diminish the reader’s confidence in your company. No matter how professional you are in other areas, a customer who spots sloppy copy will see you as amateurish—definitely not the impact you’re aiming for.”
It is important to have an expert medical editor and proofreader review all print and online copy. If you don’t have someone like this on staff, it would be worthwhile to outsource this important function.