I began working as a scientific copy-editor in 2007, and I’m a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. I received extensive training in scientific copy-editing at Elsevier and Nature, and I was previously the Copy-Editing Manager at Nature Reviews. I have worked on numerous journals, including New Scientist, Nature and the Trends journals.
I’ve been working as a freelance sub editor for Nature since 2013, and I’m currently on a zero-hours contract to provide freelance cover for the sub-editing team as required. I copy-edit ‘front-half’ material: that is, features, news articles, editorials, comments, correspondence and various other news items both online and in print. Below are a few examples of the articles I’ve copy-edited.
Organelles — the cell’s workhorses — mingle far more than scientists ever appreciated… (read more).
As with Nature, I provide freelance sub-editing cover for New Scientist as and when required. I’ve copy-edited online and print features, news articles, news snippets, book reviews and comment articles as part of the sub-editing team, as well as proofreading the brochure for the New Scientist Live 2017 exhibition and the regular weekly newsletter.
All of the food you’ve ever eaten was made with sunlight captured by plants just a few months or years before you ate it. But some of the energy on your plate could soon come from sunlight captured by plants millions of years ago, thanks to plans to feed livestock with fossil fuels… (read more)
I’ve copy-edited several supplements to Nature, including Outlooks, Insights and White Papers.
After a roller-coaster ride of hype and disappointment, the decades-long effort to cure diseases by repairing or replacing faulty genes is starting to yield useful treatments. Diseases that have defied treatment could be reversed by a one-time fix to a faulty gene… (read more)
I was the Copy-Editing Manager at Nature Reviews for more than two years, and I have undertaken copy-editing and proofreading for all seven of the life-science titles (listed below).
Nature Research Journals
I have copy-edited articles for several of the Nature research journals, including Chemical Biology, Nature Genetics, Nature Neuroscience and Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.
I worked at the Elsevier-owned Trends journals for two years, and I have undertaken freelance work for journals such as Trends in Biotechnology and Trends in Neuroscience.
Genetics in Medicine & Pediatric Research
I checked the copy-editing on outsourced manuscripts for these journals.