Editing theses – the joy and the challenge

Posted on: 18 February 2013

Monday 18 February

The first members’ meeting for 2013 featured a panel of three editors with great experience in academic editing.

Dr Diane Brown was the participating chair. Diane is a full-time freelance editor and consultant. Her freelance clients include academic and educational book publishers and Australian universities. As a consultant, she offers professional development workshops for academic staff and higher degree students.

Margaret Bowden has been involved in academic editing for the past 20 years, with clients from universities all over Australia, and others from New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Her other work as a research assistant at Flinders University involves research, writing and editing with individual academics across several disciplines.

Valerie Williams, who has extensive experience in the non-government, not-for-profit sector, has since 2006 provided editing and proofreading services to international postgraduate students in engineering, public health, management, the built environment, information technology, banking and finance, geochemistry, social sciences and environmental studies.

These three editors attempted to satisfy our curiosity about working with clients whose first language is not English, keeping within the guidelines of thesis editing, establishing a client base, running the business profitably, and above everything, why they find thesis editing so challenging and rewarding!

There was robust discussion at the end of the meeting.

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Rankin, Andrea AE

Andrea’s editing expertise includes educational design (elearning), website design (information architecture, SEO and user accessibility), ezines, educational and academic documents, and newsletters. She is also a copy editor, proofreader, web writer, and researcher (database searching).