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Titivillus Editing for the Health Sciences

Preparing Ideas and Research Results for Publication

Timothy DeVinney, Author's Editor and Copy Editor
Titivillus Editorial Services

Why Hire a Copy Editor?

There are three main reasons to hire a copy editor.

First, medical authors, researchers, and editors advance and are successful only if they communicate effectively. At times they may find the pressure to manage information and publish to be virtually overwhelming. A copy editor can help relieve them of some of that burden, so they can focus more of their attention on developing their ideas and increasing their impact and stature in their field.

Second, the devotion of an author's readers, the esteem of a professional's colleagues, the confidence of a doctor's patients, and the interest of a company's customers are all based not only on the quality of the ideas or services presented, but on how they are presented. A copy editor can help ensure the clarity and cogency of expression needed to communicate successfully in a hectic world.

Third, a copy editor can offer discreet feedback from the point of view of a professional who is not a rival colleague or a beholden employee.

Copy editors with Web sites

Titivillus Editorial Services. This site. See home page at http://www.titivillus-editorial.com/index.htm.


These are copy editors I have worked with and who have impressed me favorably with their skills.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf at KOK Edit, with many years of experience with STM editing. See http://www.kokedit.com/. Accessed October 14, 2005.


Directories of freelance copy editors

Bay Area Editors' Forum (BAEF). San Francisco-based organization for editors. See http://www.editorsforum.org/. Accessed 2000-01-22.

Copyediting-L Freelancers' List. List maintained by the Copyediting-L Internet discussion group. See http://www.copyediting-l.info/freelance.html. Accessed November 24, 2005.

Council of Australian Societies of Editors (CASE). See http://www.editors-sa.org.au/. Accessed July 23, 2001.

Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) in New York City. See http://www.the-efa.org/. Accessed 2002-09-20. Directory of members available at: Accessed November 24, 2005.

Editors' Association of Canada (EAC/ACR). Their site includes a frequently cited sample contract for editorial freelancers. See http://www.editors.ca/. Accessed November 11, 2001.

Society for Freelance Editors and Proofreaders (SFEP). UK organization. See http://www.sfep.org.uk/. Accessed November 4, 2001.


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