Skills and expertise

Scientific and technical writing

I have more than 25 years of experience in editing scientific and technical writing (geoscientific work in particular). My specific skills include substantive editing, copy editing and proofreading; correcting grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation; improving clarity and fluency; ensuring text, abstract, illustrations and tables are appropriately inter-related; cross-checking references cited and bibliography; and ensuring consistency of style and format to publishers' requirements.

My main areas of expertise are in the earth sciences and include: geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, structural geology, environmental geology, basin studies, petroleum geology, sedimentology, mineral resources, mineralogy, geochemistry, regolith studies, geochronology, palaeontology, and petrology.

I only occasionally undertake substantive editing outside the earth and environmental sciences, but I am happy to copy edit or proofread almost any scientific or technical writing.

My approach

I believe the greatest imperative for good written communication is acknowledgement of the reader’s needs. The questions … Who are the likely readers? ... What do they need to know? ... How would they like it expressed? ... What is important to them? … are at the forefront of my mind when I write or edit. Accuracy, grammatical correctness, appropriate punctuation, clarity, and conciseness are extremely important, but are wasted if the audience is not pandered to, and their interest not maintained.