Timothy DeVinney, Freelance Health Science and Medical Editor

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Curriculum vitae

Editing for the health sciences (since 1999)

For journal articles and books in medicine, psychiatry, and psychology:

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► Editing for terms, grammar, and usage; querying authors regarding inconsistencies.

► Creating and maintaining a style sheet.

► Styling terms, punctuation, abbreviations, units of measurement, notes, and references according to the American Medical Association Manual of Style (AMA manual); the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA manual); Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (CSE manual); or the Chicago Manual of Style.

► Checking terminology and definitions against the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV and DSM-5).

► Writing missing journal abstracts where the author's text is incomplete.

► Editing or rewriting tables.

► Listing corrections for figures.

Editing, general (since 1987)

For general trade books; encyclopedias of architecture, garden history and design, zoology, and sculpture; museum guidebooks and presentations; trade books on culture and history; and newsletters:

► Editing for spelling, grammar, and usage.

► Styling text and notes according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

► Editing graphs and illustrations.

► Applying other style guides: the APA manual, the CSE manual, Words Into Type, the MLA Style Manual, the Associated Press Stylebook, and Edward Johnson's The Handbook of Good English.

Research and fact-checking

► Checking facts in articles and books against standard reference works, including the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5, Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, Stedman's Medical Dictionary, and the Physicians' Desk Reference.

► Checking references in Index Medicus, and on the PubMed, PsycINFO, MELVYL, Library of Congress, and British Library online catalogs.


► Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, for the journals:

Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy

Anatomy and Embryology

Annals of Hematology

Archives of Dermatological Research

Cell and Tissue Research

Clinical and Experimental Diabetes and Metabolism (Diabetologia)

Emergency Radiology

European Journal of Plastic Surgery

European Radiology

European Spine Journal

Experimental Brain Research

Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Gynecological Surgery

International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health

International Journal of Legal Medicine

Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery

Lasers in Medical Science


Neurosurgical Review

Osteoporosis International


Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

Rheumatology International.

► McGraw-Hill, New York; Nature Research, New York; Fitzroy Dearborn, Chicago; Wichtig, Milan; and Hogrefe, Gottingen.

► Other publishers: Pantheon Books, New York; Alfred Knopf, New York; Lycabbetus Press, Talos Press, and the Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens, Greece; many private authors; and The New York Times (photography).

Photo of editor

Computer and Internet skills

► Software skills and resources: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; Corel WordPerfect; StarOffice; OpenOffice and LibreOffice; Adobe Acrobat and Illustrator; Gopher, Telnet, and FTP; HTML and CSS; and Macromedia Dreamweaver;

► Microsoft Certified Professional: Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 (exam result: 100%).

► Software instruction and support: the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, England, including training staff in Microsoft Office applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access), HTML, and Macromedia Dreamweaver; and cleaning viruses off an infected network.


► 2002 Medical copyediting online course, Editorial Freelancers Association, New York City.

► 1980 Photography and publication design, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto, Canada.

► 1979 Graduate studies, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

► 1977 BA, with departmental honors in philosophy (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), Albion College, Albion, Michigan.

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