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Stylistic proofreading is used to check the style or the tone of a written text in order to improve its style i.e., improving its readability. But how to improve the readability?

By improving the grammar, spelling and punctuation of a text. Not only that, stylistic proofreading is also used to verify the appropriateness of the language for better readability.

Have you used Grammarly? If you haven’t, you can give it a try but if you have used its premium version, then you can see that it gives suggestions to change the whole structure of some sentences for better readability, But why am I saying this?

It’s because stylistic proofreading also does the same thing, But then what is the difference between stylistic proofreading and Grammarly? 

The difference is that stylistic proofreading does not only suggest the sentence structure, it also further suggests better word choice and phrasing that includes:


Reorganizing paragraphs or sentences, removing redundant or unnecessary words. In this blog, we will be talking about ‘why’ to choose and ‘how’ to use stylistic proofreading. The ‘why’ has been discussed previously but not completely.

Let us start with the ‘why’ to choose stylistic proofreading, the ‘why’ which you are yet to unravel.

When you have improved the grammar and coherence of the text, then it won’t only improve the readability but also it will be compelling and engaging for the readers. Now you may be thinking, just this? 

No, my friend. Check out the next paragraph.

It significantly improves the credibility of the documents by making them free from inconsistencies and errors. Just think about the importance of credibility when you are thinking about publishing your research paper in SpringerLink and ResearchGate. 

Now, let us know how.


7 steps you have to follow to use stylistic proofreading in your research which is described below:

  • Carefully review the text: When you will review the entire text, you will get an idea about the overall tone and style of the write-up.

  • Identify your purpose and the audience: If you understand what impact you want to create with your research and the people who you want to help. Then, you can choose the necessary style or tone according to that.

  • Now what? check for consistency: When you have completed the above steps, now it’s time to check for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Remember, the whole write-up should be consistent.

  • Let us improve the coherence and flow: I hope you know the answer to how to improve the coherence and flow. Kindly comment on what is the answer. If you don’t know, please read the first page of the blog.

  • Now it’s time to check the appropriateness of the language:  This is also discussed on the first page of this blog. The reason I am stating the same things again is to understand which step to perform first and which one to perform second.

  • Try to understand the impact: Though it is a research project, the write-up should be compelling and persuasive. The reason is that when the readers will be involved in the writing, then won’t they remember every word? If you have any other thoughts on this, kindly comment your thoughts.

  • Finally, review for inconsistencies and errors: Now, finally review everything from the top to the bottom that you have done. If everything is good, then we can think of publishing it.

Why have I said to think again before publishing your research? Though we have made all the changes, it’s always better to reach out to our mentor before publishing our research paper. They know many things which we do not know.

Now, what is the other information we can get on Stylistic proofreading? We have known all the bright sides of it, but what about the DARK side? 


That’s why we will know the problems associated with stylistic proofreading. So, here we go.   



There are 5 problems which you should be aware of while using stylistic proofreading which is described below:

  • It is subjective: Look, I can think Albert Einstein is one of the best scientists of all time, you may also think that but someone else may not think that which means it is subjective in nature. Just like that, someone may not like the style of stylistic proofreading but someone may. So, this is something to be aware of.

  • With editing, the problem of OVER-EDITING comes: But what is over-editing? Suppose the proofreader suggested so many changes, now after making so many changes, you cannot recognize your work 🤔. I mean now it is the words of the proofreader, not yours. So, it won’t be called your work, it will be the proofreaders’ work.

  • The meaning of your research can change: Let me explain. When you are making a change suggested by the proofreader, the meaning of the text can also change if the proofreader doesn’t have any idea about the research. So, you also need to be aware of this.

  • Now, the cost comes: With the increase in cost, the INCREASE IN TIME also comes. If the research paper is long and complex, not only it can be costly and time-consuming but also it can seem like impractical work.

  • Finally, limitations in STYLE: If you want to incorporate creative or poetic writing in your research, then maybe stylistic proofreading is not for you. I told you maybe because then you have to choose a proofreader who can take a flexible approach to maintain your voice and style.  

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