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Freelance scientific copy-editor.


You can read my irregular waffles at advogato.org/person/chalst/.


Apr
22
comment Writing a bibliography
Comprehensive style guides do treat the case of the unknown author. For instance, Chicago's author-title style asks for title only to be used when citing, and for "Anonymous" to be used in place of the author's name in the reflist.
Apr
22
answered Writing a bibliography
Apr
22
comment Writing a bibliography
Do note that this author-title format for the reflist is just one of two approaches used by Chicago; the style also supports author-date.
Apr
22
comment What needs to be included in a corporate style guide?
Great answer. Two points: (i) not all CSGs are so focussed on design aspects - to take a CSG from my experience, the KPMG style guide had more instructions concerning their idiosyncratic punctuation and less to do with visual layout; (ii) even with your CSG, I think the intersection with "editorial" is bigger than the intersection with "design".
Apr
19
revised Our note in footnote of a book
minor readability fixes, add tag
Apr
19
awarded  Critic
Apr
19
comment Writing first programming book
500-750 words per page? That's dense text! I would change the size of text to get a more user-friendly 250-300 words per page. It will give you more of a sense of progress, and be kinder on the eye when you want to review your work.
Apr
19
asked Avoiding foot&note disease
Apr
19
answered Our note in footnote of a book
Apr
19
suggested suggested edit on Our note in footnote of a book
Apr
17
answered How do I find an affordable editor?
Apr
13
comment I'm an editor who generally uses Word to communicate changes with my authors. Is Adobe's InCopy better for this task?
Oh, I remember asking this question! I had meant to dig out some of the old proposal questions myself, +1.
Apr
12
comment What are the most common style manuals?
I'd say a readership is an audience, but I guess this starts to be hairsplitting.
Apr
12
answered I'm an editor who generally uses Word to communicate changes with my authors. Is Adobe's InCopy better for this task?
Apr
12
comment What are the most common style manuals?
Not so much audience as publication venue. Authors sometimes choose to follow a particular style guide, but more often if a style guide is followed, it is because their publisher insisted on it.
Apr
12
revised Publishing and selling ebooks
minor fixes, following http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2436941
Apr
7
comment When should I use punctuation with bullets?
The virtue of this style is that it is a possible approach to punctuating the list inline inside a single sentence (e.g., "For example: (a) Apples; (b) Oranges; (c) Pears.") But note that this is a minority approach. Chicago is the most important scholarly style guide.
Apr
7
comment How credible is wikipedia?
There's an assumption here that Encyclopedia Britannica is regarded as reference quality in scientific research. In fact, tertiary sources such as encyclopedias are rarely cited in research, and are treated with a certain degree of suspicion.
Apr
6
comment How credible is wikipedia?
@alexy13 I hope [Google Scholar]'s better than wikipedia: It's about the same quality as Google Books, which is to say, lots of scanning errors, lots of problems with metadata (most annoyingly, the date attribute is frequently wrong, undermining the value of date-limited searches). Its great virtue is that there is no comparable discipline-independent paper search since Microsoft dropped their offering.
Apr
4
answered What methods can I use to revise my writing?