Editing/Quality Assurance

Editing and quality assurance are traits that have always defined my work, and this is especially evident in the work I did with several different publications and projects.

While working with the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, I edited and proofread highly technical basic science medical manuscripts for not only essential grammatical correctness and consistency with a very detailed (modified AMA) house style, but also for clarity, logic, and basis in previously confirmed research. Additionally, I amended edited articles with authors’ specified corrections where requested after communicating frequently with authors regarding subject matter and necessary terminology; many of these articles were written by authors for whom English was not their first language, and I grew adept at both understanding possible confusion in language and asking for clarification in ways that would be most likely to achieve a constructive answer. Last of all, I proofread articles edited by others to check for errors before the issue went to press.

Also noteworthy while in this position, an article that I edited by Dorothy Dunlop et al (seen below) was discussed for its research in the New York Times as well as NPR.

Examples of articles edited:

Dorothy Dunlop, et al. “Objective Physical Activity Measurement in the Osteoarthritis Initiative: Are Guidelines Being Met?” Arthritis Rheum 2011:63;3372–82.

Amy E. Ramage, et al. “Neuroimaging Evidence of White Matter Inflammation in Newly Diagnosed Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.” Arthritis Rheum 2011: 63;3048–57.

Ellen Nordal, et al. “Ongoing Disease Activity and Changing Categories in a Long-Term Nordic Cohort Study of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.” Arthritis Rheum 2011:63;2809–18.

(Copyright American College of Rheumatology, 2011. Reproduced with permission.)


My work with the legal journal The Essex Human Rights Review has been similar in many ways to the type of skills I used with Arthritis & Rheumatism, but as every journal is different, there have been contrasts as well. The articles for this journal are often much longer, and while I still have edited with the same aims of clarity, grammatical correctness, and logic, the style of editing is a house style very similar to CMS, and involves extensive review of footnoted citations and commentary. Some of the articles I have worked on for The Essex Human Rights Review have been team efforts, and others I have worked on individually, but each has required an attention to detail that the text and the footnotes work together well, and that citations are properly formatted so as to not be repetitive. I also have formatted the articles to be sized correctly for both print and web publication.

Examples of articles edited:

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: The Kadi II Conundrum and the Security Council 1267 Terrorist Sanctions Regime by Lisa Ginsborg and Martin Scheinin

A Legal and Constitutional Blueprint on Functionalising Time Frames in Some Civil and Political Rights: A Study of Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 by Mohammed Enesi Etudaiye and Muthar Adeiza Etudaiye

 

 

Working with Dr. John C. Crittenden, Associate Editor for Environmental Science & Technology, I have assisted with copyediting articles for researchers for whom English is not their primary language. I also am responsible for ensuring that manuscripts are processed in a timely manner, from submission to decision, and I manage all the files so that all reviewers and editors can make an educated decision on whether to accept an article.

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