Medical Copyediting and the ELS Touch
|From helping improve the organization and flow of your text to spot-checking for typos in the final proof, I offer editing services at many steps along the publishing path.|
You’ve written your book or article, and you know that to best reach the intended audience it needs a big-picture approach. Substantive editing addresses issues such as organization, coherence, and focus. This stage of editing can also be helpful if your native language is not English. Through rephrasing or rewriting, I can transform your text into cogent prose—and help increase your chances of publication.
You have a good handle on the overall organization and focus of your text. Time for copyediting, the nitty-gritty editing stage. Depending on your needs, copyediting can range from attention to the mechanical basics (ensuring proper grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling) to more complex wordsmithing (smoothing out tangled prose and pruning excessive length). To get a sense of the different levels of copyediting, see samples of light and heavy copyediting.
No matter the level of copyediting, I will adhere to the client’s preferred style (I’m particularly versant in American Medical Association and Chicago styles) and ensure consistency in terminology and statistical data.
Your text has been copyedited, and it needs to be guided through the proof- or website-generation stage. That’s production editing. Whether it’s via hard-copy page proofs, PDF files, or a content management system, I have extensive experience preparing material for print and electronic publication.
You need one more check to ensure that your edited and laid-out text is clean, professional-looking, and error-free. At the proofreading stage I will scour the pages for typos; mistakes in text, headings, running heads, and page numbering; and problematic layout, including placement of figures and tables. I can proofread on hard copy or electronically on PDF files—whatever the client prefers.
I have edited material on a wide range of subjects, but my specialty is medical copyediting. I’ve edited articles and books on such topics as cardiology, infectious diseases, dermatology, surgery, psychiatry, gastroenterology, epidemiology, pathology, pediatrics, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacology.
I am a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS). This distinction is conferred by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences after completion of a rigorous 3-hour examination. The ELS test evaluates proficiency in editing in the life sciences according to internationally recognized standards.
It can be difficult to ascertain an editor’s ability and talent. When you see the ELS designation, you can be sure that you are working with a knowledgeable, highly skilled editor.