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Open Educational Resources Collective Publishing Workflow

Sign off on Publication Quality

The Final Check

Before you publish your textbook, it’s a good idea to conduct one last review of the content. This task should be completed by someone with an eye for detail – such as the copyeditor or proofreader – to avoid undoing any previous editing.

The amount of time available and the length and complexity of the textbook will determine the scope of this final check. Keep in mind that checking some of your work is better than checking none of your work.

During the final check, you should prioritise tasks such as checking:

Remember to refer to your adopted style guide and book-specific style sheet, as well as inclusive and bias-free language guidelines when making changes to the text ‒ although you should try to avoid altering the copyeditor’s work if possible.

Once you’re satisfied with the quality of your textbook, you can send a request to publish your open textbook to the delegate responsible for approving publication at your university with a summary of your quality control processes.


Adapted from ‘The Final Check’ in Self-Publishing Guide by Lauri M. Aesoph, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.