Since 2010, I’ve been using my work in the academic/scientific publishing world, working with other editors and in roles that have spanned from before a manuscript is submitted through its publication and printing. Embracing the details in bringing out the best version of what people are trying to say is so satisfying. On the big-picture front, though? I love being a part of getting someone’s research out into the world where it can one day help people, whether that’s a system of water purification that allows people to drink clean water, a medication that will treat people’s illnesses when nothing else has, or an interpretation of law that provides justice to people who have been deprived of it.
Highlights of work with Environmental Science & Technology:
- Analyze incoming manuscripts and research peer reviewers to review technical scientific articles for publication of 24 issues/year along with any special issues of top-rated environmental engineering journal.
- Coordinate submitted environmental engineering manuscripts, supporting Associate Editors Dr. John C. Crittenden (Georgia Tech) and Dr. T. David Waite (University of New South Wales).
- Communicate with editors, authors, and reviewers, through coordination with cross-functional teams, managing evolving priorities and projects, optimizing processes for more efficient and timely production of deliverables, and troubleshooting workflow management system for authors and reviewers.
Project lead for 2013 Special Issue “Design Options for a More Sustainable Urban Water Environment.”
Highlights of work with Arthritis & Rheumatism:
- Edited and proofread highly technical manuscripts reporting basic science biomedical research 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.
- Communicated frequently with authors to ensure accuracy throughout revision (often with authors for whom English was not a first language).
- Developed constructive criticism skills that were most likely to result in authors answering positively and productively clarifying confusing areas of their work.
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.
Sample 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.)
Highlights of work with The Essex Human Rights Review:
- Edited lengthy legal research manuscripts for clarity, logic, and correct use of language (using a modified CMS house style), involving extensive review of footnoted citations and commentary.
- Worked with other members of the journal team to coordinate articles for print and web publication.
Served as managing editor for 2011 Special Edition “Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism a Decade after 9/11.”
Sample 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