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EDITORIAL RESOURCES

If you have a minute or two (Wait, who am I kidding? As a busy editor, you probably only have 30 seconds!), you might want to check out some of these resources. There are three great ones for academic copy editors: the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and their blog The Scholarly Kitchen, the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS).

The SSP is a society that covers all aspects of academic publishing, whether you’re editing scientific papers on nose nanoparticles or history books about Napoleon’s horses. Their Scholarly Kitchen blog posts daily on topics ranging from open peer review to how Game of Thrones pays homage to copy editors (yes, really!). You can search the Archives or browse the Collections, or if your eyes really need a break from your screen, you can listen to Podcasts.

For scientific editors, the CSE and BELS are useful resources. CSE is an international organization for editors in all fields of science, with the goals of providing opportunities for career development, education, and resources for best practices in scientific editing. It publishes a quarterly journal for members called “Science Editor” and provides short courses at their annual meeting in May (New Orleans in 2018!). For a more intense experience, they offer a Publication Certificate Program.

BELS is even more specific, focusing on editors in the life sciences. Their mission is to promote a standard of proficiency in life sciences editing. One of the ways that they fulfill this mission is by offering editing certification. Editors who pass the test can write the letters ELS after their name. Who doesn’t love that? They offer a free study guide and hold at least three testing dates per year, depending on demand.

Happy reading (and editing)!


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