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Substantive Editors

Heavy-level copyeditors, also referred to as substantive editors, perform all light- and medium-level copyediting tasks and also work heavily with sentence structure and wording. They

  • Improve sentence structure and the flow of text
  • Eliminate wordiness, triteness, and inappropriate jargon
  • Suggest minor or moderate additions to or deletions of text
  • Smooth transitions
  • Correct or query paragraphs out of chronological order or other order
  • Rewrite for consistency of tone or for better focus
  • Work on headings to improve logical structure

Substantive editing is often—but not always—a part of developmental editing.




I wanted to tell you how helpful and comprehensive your editing work was for the annual report. Your edits were above and beyond what we’d normally expect for copyediting, and it was fun to work on the project with you so closelylarge-white-quotes


Cristal Guderjahn