Many editors and medical communicators stumble into working on manuscripts for scientific or medical journals, with little to no training on how to perform a good edit and what’s needed to shepherd a manuscript from draft to submission. This session begins with the advantages of a good manuscript editing checklist (provided as a handout to be personalized as needed for attendees), which allows the editor to take a systematic approach to editing a manuscript, walking through the process step by step. Tips for how to gather author instructions, what to look for in each section of a manuscript, how to create a dummy submission to gather other necessary information before submission, and how to submit the final manuscript to the journal will all be covered. Even those who have been editing manuscripts for scientific or medical journals may learn some new tricks, but those new to editing these types of documents and helping authors get published will get an essential primer.
Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Through her business, Bookworm Editing Services, she brings consistency, structure, and clarity to her clients’ content. Kelly is an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication and a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Kelly has presented on checklists, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, editing, infographics, side gigs, and networking in webinars and conferences.