JOURNALS & BOOKS



PRE-EDITING

The pre-editing is done using an in-house tool called CE Genius, a set of toolbar-driven programs that run in MS Word. CE Genius takes care of document cleanup; document structuring; structural validation; reference styling; consistency of hyphenation, capitalization, and italicization; spelling; abbreviations; number style; and house style. Publisher- and journal-specific databases of styles and rules sit behind Word so that the pre-editing process can be easily customized for new journals and new publishers.


COPYEDITING

At Designer ePub, copy editors complete all mechanical tasks, such as checking citations against references, editing References/Bibliography, checking numberings (headings, equations, tables, figures, etc.), standardizing the presentation of quotations/sources, flagging the position of floats (figures, tables, boxes, equations, schemes, pictures), checking prelims against the text, and so forth, before the language edit. The language is then worked on, with attention to making English read more smoothly. Queries are raised where the content is ambiguous and needs the authorís intervention to make it clear.

Designer ePub offers copyediting services on a variety of academic monographs, college textbooks, professional titles, major reference works, and journals. The editorial requirements of our current clients range from electronic tagging and copy preparation to full language editing in the case of authors whose first language is not English. To cater to these requirements, we provide pre-editing services and standard levels of copyediting.

We have publisher-focused teams, and our copy editors are trained to handle journal-specific requirements and made familiar, through constant reference, with the standard style guides and subject-specific reference works depending on the area in which they will specialize. Within each team there is a right mix of copy editors with light and medium editing skills.

For a standard level of edit, our copy editors follow standard editorial guidelines specified by the publisher to ensure that

  • Spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar are correct, consistent, and appropriate for the intended readership
  • A consistent editorial style and tone is maintained throughout the text
  • Text is revised, where necessary, to clarify the authorís intended meaning, in harmony with the authorís own writing style
  • Discrepancies, errors, ambiguities, irrelevancies, etc., in content and structure are rectified
  • Editorial queries with the author or publisher, where necessary, are raised and resolved
  • Content requiring legal opinion (libel, plagiarism, blasphemy, etc.) or copyright clearance is identified and brought to the attention of the author or publisher.

Recruiting and training are keys to our success. We test and carefully screen experienced copy editors as well as recent college graduates, and all receive thorough training. Editing instruction is based on modules that our managing editors have devised and teach. The modules cover general copyediting, demonstrations of Designer ePubís tools and processes, and client-specific requirements. Testing occurs throughout the training, and the test results are discussed with the class to aid learning. Class members also practice copyediting with other class members as observers.

Our copy editors are assigned to client-based teams to ensure that they are familiar with specific requirements. Their diverse academic backgrounds allow us to edit a wide range of subject matter, including

  • Humanities (literature, religion, philosophy, history, classics)
  • Social sciences (economics, politics, psychology, sociology
  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Sciences (chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, botany, computer science)

COMPOSITION

XML-first workflows accelerate production and ensure accurately structured content and complete metadata from the outset of the production process. Pre-edited and copyedited files are tagged and coded so typesetting is an automated process, and page proofs can be generated almost instantly with minimal manual intervention.

Available composition systems for journals include InDesign, 3B2, LaTeX.


ARTWORK

Resizing, relabeling, and redrawing are some of the journal-related tasks undertaken with ease and expertise by our artwork team. Journal-specific styles are followed, and changes are carefully checked for accuracy.