2016 Earth Science Substantive Editing Challenge
For a chance to earn cash bonuses, apply before 30 June 2016 to become an ELSS freelance editor!
If a scientific paper is worth editing, then it is worth editing substantively, thoroughly and well. Can you edit at the highest level?
Founded in 1995, ELSS is an editing and translation agency providing service mainly in the natural and applied sciences. With a geographically dispersed roster of highly-skilled freelance editors, ELSS strives to provide the highest practical standard of substantive editing to our scientist clients, who are primarily Japanese. As we grow, we need to add editors to our roster. Most editors who try out with us cannot meet our exacting standards. Can you?
Skillful substantive editors are conscientious, thorough, reliable, highly intelligent, and attentive to detail. Our roster editors are effective writers who read between the lines; they are perfectionist to some extent (though no writing or editing is perfect).
ELSS roster editors:
- Preserve the authors' intended meaning
- Fix or at least point out all ambiguities; inconsistencies, and problems in clarity, coherence, readability, logic, flow, concision, and cogency
- Fix essentially all errors in grammar and spelling
- Impose journal format and style as explained in Instructions to Authors
The ELSS Earth Science Substantive Editing Challenge is a limited offer of 100,000 Japanese yen in bonuses to each of the best qualified earth science editors who apply before 30 June 2016. ELSS will pay a 50,000 Japanese yen bonus to each of those candidates who earn promotion to our freelance roster by demonstrating substantive editing proficiency to our satisfaction, and a second 50,000 Japanese yen bonus upon completion of 10 editing assignments within the subsequent year. Candidates are required to sign our non-disclosure agreement before receiving ELSS manuscripts.
Promotion to our roster requires demonstration of consistent editing proficiency on at least 3 to 4 manuscripts (typically 5 to 8 manuscripts) including at least one rather difficult manuscript (poor writing). During this vetting process, which usually takes several months and can take more than a year, candidates are paid for editing of manuscripts at rates that start at 858 to 936 yen per 200-word page; with progress, the pay rate can be gradually increased toward the roster rate of 1105 yen/page for regular service (18-business day turnaround, including time for a second editor to carefully review the edit). Rates for faster service are 23% to 112% higher depending on turnaround time (6-, 3-, or 1-business days), but such short-turnaround work is usually not offered to candidate editors until they qualify for the roster.
Payments can be in Japanese yen via Japanese domestic bank transfer (yen only), Australian dollar direct deposit (to a bank account in Australia), or US dollar direct deposit (to a US account), US dollar personal check (drawn on a US bank), direct wire (after deduction of the fees), or PayPal funded by a Japanese yen credit card. For US$ and Australian dollar payments, yen are converted on the monthly payment day at the rates at the Shinsei Bank remittance service
Applicants should meet both of the following criteria:
1. Either a bachelor's degree or higher in an earth science or engineering field,
or both 2 years' scientific research experience and 2 or more authored papers in peer-reviewed earth science research publications.
2. At least 2 years of experience substantively editing manuscripts written for submission to peer-reviewed research or engineering journals.
Other relevant experience and qualifications can be considered.
Earth science specialties of particular interest:
Geophysics, geology (seismology, tectonics, stratigraphy, hydrology, etc.), oceanography (biological, chemical, geological, or physical), climatology, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, global cycles, global change science, remote sensing, land cover change, environmental policy, and ecology
To apply for the challenge, send your CV as an rtf, doc, docx, or pdf file with your family name as the start of the filename to rick [at mark] elss.co.jp. Please include with your email an estimate of how many hours over the course of your career you have substantively edited manuscripts headed for peer-reviewed journals, excluding manuscripts for which you are an author. An edited sample manuscript and opportunities to communicate with some of our roster editors are available to qualified candidates upon request.
Note that although applications from skillful, qualified, and experienced freelance scientific editors are always welcome, the cash bonuses from the ELSS Earth Science Substantive Editing Challenge are available only to earth science and engineering editors who apply before 30 June 2016.