Diploma in Copy Editing & Language Editing

Copy Editing is the work done on the author’s manuscript to prepare it for publishing. It is a process by which the author’s original material is made clear and presentable before being published. When specific style guidelines are followed while copyediting, it helps to maintain a uniform output of the work. Copyediting methodologies are of two types: Hardcopy (correcting on the hardcopy typescript) and Onscreen Editing (corrections directly on the electronic version of the manuscript).

Copy Editing is the work that an editor does to improve the formatting, style, and accuracy of text. Copy editing is done before both typesetting (The presentation of textual material and graphics on paper or other medium) and proofreading, the latter of which is the last step in the editorial cycle.

Duration:90 hours
Validity:2 months


The Role of a Copy Editor

The copyeditor checks for any recurring inconsistencies, style or layout faults, prepares a copyedit sample for publisher approval if needed. In the next stage, the copyeditor works on the manuscript and illustrations in detail, reads through the entire manuscript to check for editorial style, consistency, language and sense and raises queries to the author wherever appropriate. In the final Proof Stage copyeditor ensures that any additional material supplied at a later stage has been incorporated into the proof adhering to style specifications and copyedits the index ensuring it is well-organized and consistent.


Course Details

This course will teach you the methods to use when copy editing as well as improve your knowledge of document style and language usage. You will start with an introduction of publishing concepts and technical editing concepts. Then move on to different types of layouts- book and journal, illustration and tables, take a look at the various typesetting and typography principles. At the end of the course you will learn the basic copy editing which involves correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar. Each topic terminates with a quiz consisting typically of questions with multiple-choice answers to ensure a thorough understanding of the course content and a specific assignment to put the skills into practice.


Course Overview

Introduction to Publishing Concepts
This lesson will give you an introduction to publishing industry of which copy editing is a part, the various processes and workflows in publishing, and some basic publishing terminology.
Technical Editing Concepts – Measurements
In this part of the lesson we will look at some of the measurement units and measuring concepts that are to be used while type setting.
Typography Principles
In this lesson on typography we will integrate the key elements in all the areas of typography and provide a complete source of practical knowledge and information to help you understand the major concepts of typography.
Types of Layouts
In this part of the lesson we will learn the various types of layouts for books and journals.
Basic Copyediting Concepts
This lesson will show you the basic elements of copy editing and introduce you to the various aspects of copy editing.
Illustrations and Tables
This lesson covers the various aspects of editing illustrations and tables, you will go through in detail the various parts of an illustration, figure captions, parts of a table, table captions and how to edit tables and illustrations.
Science Editing and Math Editing
All the STM books involve a lot of science and mathematical text. This lesson introduces you to the various ways of editing math and science text.
Style Editing
Style editing can change the look and feel of the document. We will be looking at various style editing techniques with a lot of examples and where to use these styles appropriately. This chapter also addresses page layout and other formatting issues that affect the look of an entire text.
Beyond STM Copyediting
We will explore the areas of copy editing which fall outside the conventional STM copy editing. Copy editor needs to be familiar with the STM copyediting so that they can deal with any type of manuscript.
Language Editing & Grammar
The most important role for copy editor is checking for grammar. You will learn reliable means of identifying the basic parts of speech and will also learn how to resolve common grammatical problems.
Online Editing
Learn how to do Onscreen (online) editing which involves carrying out the checks and corrections directly on the electronic version of the manuscript.

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90 hours


2 months



This course is interactive and not taught in real-time. So you can login at your convenience and do your classes and exercises. Our interactive interface offers useful features such as fast forward, rewind, pause and you can even redo a lesson before moving ahead. These features help you track your progress and learn just what you want. Included are project files to allow you to learn right along with the instructor using the exact same files that they use. Each individual lesson has been provided with an eBook and a quiz to test your knowledge of each lesson before you take your final test. In addition to this hands-on learning experience, our trainers will evaluate your course work, clarify questions and give relevant feedback to help you grow