The essay is based on a presentation by the author at the 11th International Conference of EASE, Tallinn, June 2012.
Copy editors typically work on word-processor files, which track changes made to the text. They also query the authors through comments in the text. At present there is no automated way to quantify the copy editing, and the amount of work is typically assessed by word count of the original document or the time spent by the copy editor. These are poor substitutes, and do not really measure what has been done to the manuscript. This article proposes some approaches to quantifying a range of corrections made by copy editors.
Joshi, Yateendra. "Quantifying the work of copy editors." European Science Editing 39 no. 4 (2013)
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