923 reputation
313
bio website textproof.com/stewart
location Berlin, Germany
age 44
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Jun 24 at 21:28

Freelance scientific copy-editor.


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


Jan
1
comment Journal subscription secrecy
This is a little bit of a stretch, but it's submitted according to the premiss that information about how publishers get their money is always interesting to professional writers.
Dec
22
comment How would a source be referenced in the typical paper/book?
Note that Chicago supports a mixed notes-with-reflist style. I think that Chicago is more common than CSE in physical science and engineering. Biomed is something else again.
Dec
21
comment What are advantages/disadvantages to use a CC-license for your writings?
@jae: There's much less of a correlation between journal expense and quality than you might think, mainly because many of the best journals are published by scholarly societies, which for the most part charge what they need, not what they can get. Open access seems to have run out of steam, because the biomed journals didn't go along with it.
Dec
21
comment At what point does an author deal with an editor?
+1 Useful question: the anti-editor tone has worked out well as a foil for the responses.
Dec
21
comment At what point does an author deal with an editor?
at least three different people should be looking over your manuscript to look for ways to improve it - Back in the good old days, that was true. Today, publishers try to get away with less, except if they are using superior editing to mark themselves out. But a serious publisher should have both an assigned copy-editor and the project editor work through your text.
Dec
20
comment Strategies for shortening texts
@justkt: Personally, I care about nonfiction, and usually texts of length between 300 and 15 000 words. I do this professionally, though, and I'm asking the question as a service for the site: to that end, I'm interested in fictional work. It had never occurred to me that anyone would want to chop up a piece of poetry to fit a word limit, but I should think that must happen.
Dec
20
comment How can one make technical issues more accessible to a non-technical audience?
Unbelievable - Well, they are a lot of work to do well, and sloppiness is very easily spotted with them.
Dec
20
comment How can one make technical issues more accessible to a non-technical audience?
I disagree about the key importance about making definitions of terms come at first occurence. It's good to watch for, but I've seen an opposite tactic used effectively, where there is fear that the term's definition won't be understood without being armed by explanation that needs the term. Giving a rough, working impression of a term before introducing the full definition can be effective.
Dec
20
comment What are the most common style manuals?
Strunk&White is a usage guide, not a style guide as it is usually meant. It doesn't say anything about the organisation of manuscripts, which is the first responsibility of style guides proper.
Dec
7
comment When editing for a person, how much can be changed?
@neilfein: Line editing (and manuscript editing) describe an activity, copy/developmental editing describe editorial roles. Developmental editing is done to manuscripts that are not what one would usually call ready for publication: an author's agent might do this. Copy-editing is the editing a publisher does to a submitted manuscript to get the text ready for the typesetter. Anything that a developmental editor might do to a text, a copy-editor might do as well. Note that style manuals like Chicago don't have much to say about copy/developmental editing, cf. Chicago #16, 2.45.