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Freelance Technical Editor – Freshwater Science

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Freshwater Science seeks a part-time technical editor (TE). Freshwater Science is published by the University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Society for Freshwater Science. It publishes approximately 120 technical papers (1200-1600 pages) a year on a large range of topics including taxonomy/systematics, ecology, conservation biology, ecological assessment, and hydrology and geomorphology.


The TE will work with authors and the Editor to improve the readability and flow of their manuscripts by checking for, and correcting where needed, issues of clarity including manuscript organization, logical flow, style, grammar, and word use. The TE will also verify that text, tables, figures, and literature cited are internally consistent.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a writing-intensive field or the environmental sciences

Sound understanding of scientific research

Five or more years of science content editing experience and commitment to editing as a career

Expert command of the English language and modern scientific writing style

Outstanding editing skills and ability to produce concise, direct, and clear writing

Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills

Advanced knowledge of editing features in MS Word

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate degree in an environmental science or science writing field

Experience working with authors for whom English is a second language

Work Load

The TE will edit 2-3 manuscripts a week on average (15-20 hours a week)

Compensation and Payment

Compensation will be based on hours worked, and the TE will submit monthly invoices to the University of Chicago Press for payment.


To apply, send a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your qualifications, your resume or CV, contact information for three professional references, and examples of previous editorial work to Dr. Charles Hawkins, Editor, Freshwater Science at Please identify your desired hourly rate in your cover letter. Send all application documents as pdf files. Contact the Editor for instructions for transferring application files that, in combination, exceed 20 megabytes in size. Review of applications will start 21 May 2018. The position will be open until filled.