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First galley proof of A la recherche du temps perdu: Du côté de chez Swann with handwritten revision notes by Marcel Proust
Pulling a galley proof

In printing and publishing, proofs are the preliminary versions of publications meant for review by authors, editors, and proofreaders, often with extra-wide margins. Galley proofs may be uncut and unbound, or in some cases electronically published. They are created for proofreading and copyediting purposes, but may be used for promotional and review purposes also.[1][2][3]

Galley proofs are so named because in the days of hand-set letterpress printing, the printer would set the page into galleys—the metal trays into which type was laid and tightened into place—which would then be used to print limited copies for proofreading.[citation needed] The printer would then receive the edits, re-arrange the type, and print the final copy.

Some publishers use paper galley proofs as advance copies, providing them to reviewers, magazines, and libraries in advance of final publication; these print-on-demand (POD) pre-publication publicity proofs are normally bound, but may be lacking illustrations (or have them in black and white only).[citation needed] Proofs in electronic form are rarely offered for advance reading.

Proofs issued in the proofreading and copy-editing review phase are called galleys or galley proofs; proofs created in a near-final version for editing and checking purposes are called page proofs.[citation needed] In the page-proof stage, mistakes are supposed to have been corrected; to correct a mistake at this stage is expensive, and authors are discouraged from making many changes to page proofs. Page layouts are examined closely in the page proof stage. Page proofs also have the final pagination, which facilitates compiling the index.

These days,[when?] as paper and digital forms share the final product that readers actually use, the term uncorrected proof is more common as a term than galley proof, which refers exclusively to a paper proof version.[citation needed] Uncorrected proof describes the penultimate proof version (on paper or in digital form) yet to receive final author and publisher approval, the term appearing on the covers of advance reading copies (ARCs).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allena Tapia. "Galley - What Is a Galley". About. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Galley proof". TheFreeDictionary.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Galley Proofs". Tailrecursive.org. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:01:56 -0800

Yes, Iris going to the guy with a galley proof of her exposé was very dumb, but on the flipside, she was acting like a headstrong comic-book reporter, and I'm sort of glad that the show didn't completely forget that Iris is a reporter... like how it ...


Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:00:00 -0800

At that time, digital printing was fairly new and Knuth had just gotten back a galley proof of his second volume of “The Art of Computer Programming.” He was shocked by the quality and decided he could do a better job in a few months. It ultimately ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:59:00 -0800

The slugs were assembled in a galley and inked; a long strip of paper was placed over them, and a roller was used to create a galley proof. I tell my classes this story to emphasize that, in my lifetime, publishing technology advanced from that of ...

New York Times

New York Times
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:17:00 -0700

She was so assured of this result that, in an admission that would cause heart palpitations for The New Yorker's present-day staff, Ms. Ross said she sent a galley proof of the article to Hemingway and his wife for their approval before its publication ...
American Thinker
Wed, 09 Dec 2015 23:17:29 -0800

The galley proof has 192 pages of copy, and 40 pages of (728) footnotes. The author's assertions are thoroughly documented; his syntax is clear and concise; his conclusions incisive and convincing. True to what follows, the first sentence of his ...
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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:16:37 -0700

Merritt brought the galley proof of Poptropica: Mystery of the Map, a book to be released by Abrams Books in March 2016, that is co-written by Jeff Kinney – father of the hybrid children's book thanks to his mega-popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid ...


Fri, 18 Dec 2015 21:47:07 -0800

Then the headline and the composed matter – all in shining hot lead – were put together by another set of workers and put in galleys from which galley proof were taken out by a huge roller soaked in black ink. While we avoided coming close to the ink ...

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