Becoming an academic editor: one year later

By Nicole M. Roccas Nearly a year ago, I decided to strike out on my own and become a freelance academic editor. It wasn’t a hasty decision—I was about to finish my PhD in history and had been considering career options for several years. During that time, I took on small, short-term copy editing jobs … Continue reading Becoming an academic editor: one year later

A week in the life of an academic editor

By Kerry Fast I get odd responses when I say I’m an academic editor—from fellow editors, that is. Everyone else I say that to seems vaguely impressed, though not quite sure how to carry on the conversation from there. But other editors, even those who edit academic writing, seem to think that academics enjoy nothing … Continue reading A week in the life of an academic editor

Exploring the ethical grey zone of academic editing

By Samita Sarkar Some time ago, when I was a student at York University, an English professor warned us against the dangers of having our papers professionally edited, equating it with co-writing and plagiarism. I wondered if this were true, since various editing businesses openly distributed their cards around campus. When I opened my editing … Continue reading Exploring the ethical grey zone of academic editing