In the world of publishing, a whole team of people are employed to make sure interesting and easily understandable messages are conveyed. A core duty of a Research Manager is to review grant applications and to make them as competitive as possible for funding. During this process, much attention is focused on the ‘project’ and alignment to funder priorities, but the fundamentals of the proposal (does it make sense? does it read well? is it grammatically correct?) can be overlooked. Formal training is largely unavailable yet, for some of us, it has been years since we had a lesson in English. Moreover, styles of punctuation have changed and developed just like the English language itself. In this session, an essential guide to copy-editing will be presented through an interactive workshop. Participants will work through different tasks, actively learn new techniques, and start to understand the ‘rules’ of modern grammar and punctuation. This session is open to anyone who would like to understand the basics of copy-editing and build their confidence as a good reviewer. A comprehensive guide will be provided at the end of the session for participants to take away.
Key Learning Points:
- Editing for sense. This includes: clarity/ambiguity/verbosity/repetition; choice of words; grammar; punctuation/spelling; organisation and structure; libel; bias; safety; errors of fact and contradiction.
- Maintaining/creating a consistent style and observing house style when there is one.
- Marking up coding of headings, quotations, illustrations, tables, etc.
|Dr Charlotte Harden||The University of Sheffield|
|Date:||7th Jun 2017|
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