Editing academic material

Editing academic material can be an adventure. If you’re open to learning, not afraid of a little challenge, and not totally bored with non-fiction, you can learn a lot from clients. I have edited over 300 dissertations and scholarly articles for publication in diverse areas, such as the social sciences, humanities, medicine, and the natural sciences. Every paper provides an opportunity for me to learn about a subject I might not ordinarily and voluntarily read about. The different genres also provide an opportunity to expand my knowledge and expertise with the respective Style Manuals. I have acquired quite a bit of competence in the application of styles such as APA, Chicago, MLA, ACS, Vancouver, etc. because of my work, which involves providing research assistance to students and faculty.  Not all my editing jobs are income-generating and even when it is pro bono, I ascribe the same level of care and detail to the job. Bottom line, I am in the business of helping people realize their dreams, and if communicating their thoughts is an obstacle then I am here to help.

The most difficult part of academic editing is sometimes the feeling of helplessness when clients are not well organized or unsure about their assignments. In these cases, empathy goes a long way but straight talk is also required if they’re to benefit fully from this editorial investment. In my business,  I have been able to provide a unique service to my clients since I am also a researcher and doctoral candidate. As a result, I am very familiar with the jargon of academia, research methods, and the structure of scholarly works. I understand and can actually help with developmental editing when required.

Why not give EDIT119 a try? I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Conference 2016

Today is June 4, 2016 and I am currently in Vancouver, BC.  It is the day after the Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Conference held here at the Westin Bayshore from June 1 – 3, 2016.  I attended because I was awarded an International Fellowship Award by this august publishing society.  In addition to the Award, my 11 other awardees were given one year free membership and each appointed a mentor for the year duration.  I got an awesome mentor, Mr. Will Wakeling, who is also University Library Dean of Northeastern University in Boston.  One of the greatest facts about Will is that he is an avid golfer….as am I, although I do not have a handicap ~ as yet.

The conference proved to be a huge eye opener.  I learnt a lot about the challenges surrounding predatory presses, open access and my pet peeve…unethical behaviour in academia.  The sessions were insightful and informative and I found it helpful if you had some idea of what is happening on the environment.  This is not a conference to attend cold turkey.

There were quite a few fun events.  I still think my team was ousted out of that Scavenger Hunt!  Food was plenteous…no roadkills…and tasty.  Did I say tasty?  Absolutely scrumptious.  Since I have little self control and most of the items I ate will not be affordable when I return to Jamaica, I literally went to town.

As a librarian, editor, publisher, author, researcher and doctoral student, I felt quite comfortable and inside my element.  I felt I could relate to everything because it is essentially who and what I am.  I never could understand the tunnel vision of colleagues who felt comfortable focused on their own narrow little space without understanding how impactful we all are as we work in our little silos.  The conference demonstrated the importance of educating faculty, junior researchers and affiliates on the importance of corrupt commercial publishing practices because it affects all of us.  I am inspired to return to work and engage with faculty on the way forward.  Such a lot for us to talk about – open access, impact factors, how to inculcate ethical behaviour in our new researchers, how to improve our writing, get our researcher into this global space we are a part of ~ so much to discuss!

I am truly grateful to the SSP for the award and the opportunity to attend this conference.  I had a wonderful time. I met some wonderful folks among the attendees and exhibitors.  Everyone was so warm, welcoming and friendly.  Presenters were open to sharing and were really easy to talk with. Absolutely amazing!  I can’t wait for SSP next year when they hit Boston, MA.  Hope to see you there.

Now I’m off to enjoy this wonderful city!  The public library (my first love) is high on my list and I can’t wait to reconnect!!


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Posted by on June 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


Welcome to edit119 editorial service!


So, you’re looking for an editor.  Don’t take chances with someone who might be able to do the job.  Let ~Edit 119 help~you improve your written communication.  I have over thirty years industry experience in law and academia with international and local clients.

Editors serve the needs of three communities – the author, the publisher, and the reader. Editing is a craft and should not be confused with the competencies involved with that of teachers of English.  The editor’s application of the serial comma rule, e.g., runs contrary to what the writer may have been taught at school.

Qualifications:  Experienced with academic editing, technical writing, and various corporate projects. Numerous graduate theses and dissertations edited in various disciplines.  Indexing and referencing using multiple styles – ACS, APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, Vancouver, etc.  Copyediting and proofreading services also offered.


  • Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ)
  • Editors’ Freelancers Association  (EFA)
  • Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY)
  • Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA)
  • Mixed Method International Research Association (MMIRA)
  • Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP)

Every job is guaranteed for quality. All deadlines are met.  I am able to work with hard or soft copy.  The Internet makes distance a non-issue and I accommodate all time zones.

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Cherry-Ann Smart (PhD cand.), MLIS, BA, APS, Cert. (Editing)

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