Careers in Science Editing: Resources

Science editors, as our feature contributors make clear, do much more than simply select and polish manuscripts for publication. In their own way, each of them is making their own distinct contribution to science. They are all working to bridge gaps--striving to deliver exciting ideas and discoveries to diverse audiences.

The contributors and the Next Wave editors have gathered together the following collection of organizations for science editors, writers, and publishers. We have also collected together previous Next Wave articles that we hope you will find of interest.

And, of course, if you know of something we missed, please tell us about it.

Science Editor Resources

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) is a leader in promoting ethical practices in science publishing. CSE improves communications in the sciences by educating authors, editors, and publishers and enables cooperation among people interested in publishing in the sciences.

The European Association of Science Editors aims to promote improved communication in science by providing efficient means for cooperation among editors in all disciplines of science, and to assist in the efficient operation of publications in the sciences.

The Editors' Association of Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communications. Its members, salaried and freelance, work with individuals and in the corporate, technical, government, nonprofit, and publishing sectors.

The Association of Earth Science Editors works to strengthen the profession of earth science editing, to foster education, and to promote the exchange of ideas of general and specific problems of selection, editing, and publication of research manuscripts, journals, serials, periodicals, and maps pertaining to the earth sciences.

The Board of Editors in the Life Sciences was founded in 1991 to evaluate the proficiency of manuscript editors in the life sciences and to award credentials similar to those obtainable in other professions.

The Society of Editors (WA) Inc. is the professional organization for people in Western Australia working as editors, proofreaders, production managers, designers, indexers, or in other professional capacities in the publishing and communications industries.

The World Association of Medical Editors is an international association of editors from many countries who seek to foster international cooperation among editors of peer-reviewed medical journals.

Media Guardian is "the only place to look for jobs of this kind," says one of our contributors.

Germany's Wissenschafts-Pressekonferenz is the organization for science editors and writers in that country.

The American Society of Newspaper Editors offers aspiring journalist and editors a rich array of resources--including career tips and paid internship opportunities.

The Canberra Society of Editors (Australia) promotes contact between editors, encourages the exchange of ideas, maintains editorial standards, promotes the use of editorial services, and cooperates with other societies of editors and related bodies.

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals, an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, is an organization of editors of scholarly journals devoted to study in the humanistic disciplines.

The Editorial Freelancers Association is a national, nonprofit, professional organization of self-employed workers in the publishing and communications industries.

The National Conference of Editorial Writers is an organization of active editorial contributors to newspaper and radio and television stations, and is dedicated to stimulating the conscience and the quality of editorials.

Science Writing Resources

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) fosters the dissemination of accurate information regarding science and technology, through all media normally devoted to informing the public and the interpretation of science and its meaning to society, in keeping with the highest standards of journalism. NASW has local affiliates across the U.S.

The Canadian Science Writers' Association members include media professionals, communications officers in science and technology institutions, technical writers, and educators--all of whom are involved in communicating science and technology to nonspecialist audiences.

The Society for Technical Communication is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. Its members include technical writers, editors, graphic designers, videographers, multimedia artists, Web and Intranet page information designers, translators, and others whose work involves making technical information available to those who need it.

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is a group of distinguished journalists and scientists committed to improving the quality of science news reaching the general public.

The American Medical Writers Association's mission is to promote excellence in writing, editing, and producing printed and electronic biomedical communications.

Deutscher Journalisten-Verband is Germany's largest general union in the media sector.

The National Writers Union maintains a comprehensive list of Job Hotlines and a job bank for writers and editors.

The University Research Magazine Association promotes excellence and professionalism among those who publish research magazines, i.e., magazines that report scholarly activities to the general public and to other constituencies of major universities.

Science Publishing Resources

The Society of Young Publishers in the UK is open to anyone in publishing or a related trade--or who is hoping to be soon. They hold regular speaker meetings and the Web site has a careers page.

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers represents many of the learned scientific societies which publish their own journals. It runs seminars and training courses and its site carries job ads.

The Bookseller is the UK's publishing trade magazine. The careers section of the Web site carries the latest vacancies and a salary survey (dated 2000).

Women in Publishing promotes the status of women working in publishing and related trades by helping them to develop their careers. Currently has a competition to win free places on courses at the Publishing Training Centre!

The Publishing National Training Organisation is the UK body responsible for book, journal, newspaper, magazine, directory, database, and interactive publishing. Its Web site has a careers section and links to training providers.

The Publishing Training Centre offers both on-site and distance learning courses on book, journal, and electronic publishing.

Next Wave Resources

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