Introduction to Professional Academic Editing

Introduction to Professional Academic Editing

Academic editing is about more than commas and citations.

It’s about helping authors create powerful scholarship that shapes a better world—and we built a course to let you do just that.

Introduction to Professional Academic Editing is a self-paced course for those who want to learn concrete skills, navigate professional networks, and put their scholarly training to work building an academic editing career. Focused on the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplines, this course teaches you how to help academic authors write and publish fantastic work.

Whether you’re an academic wanting to transition to an editorial career, a freelance editor seeking more academic clients, or an in-house press editor keeping your skills sharp, this course can help you ensure your clients’ work shines.

With Intro to Professional Academic Editing you can

Confidently edit scholarly books and articles

Build lasting relationships with clients and colleagues

Start crafting your career as an academic editor

Topics covered include

What academic editing is and how is differs from editing other kinds of texts

How the academic publishing industry and tenure system work and why they shape how academic authors write

The differences between developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading and how to know which one your clients need

What makes a good academic book or article and how to help your clients write them

Developmental editing series covering how to edit for argument, narrative arc, and engagement with scholarly sources

Copyediting series covering style sheets, manuscript and file preparation, and how to address sentence structure, grammar, and the ever-changing scholarly citation systems

Identifying the major scholarly presses and publishing lists in your clients’ fields and how to edit manuscripts to help get your clients published

How big recent shifts in higher education have changed the scholarly publishing landscape and how you can best help your clients navigate those changes

Helping clients revise their dissertations into their first books

Building and maintaining strong author-editor relationships, even in tricky moments

Editing tools and software to maximize your time and energy

Developing expertise in the major academic citation styles and keeping up with their changes

The professional editing events, associations, and networks you’ll need to build your career, as well as how to get the most out of editing conferences and trainings

The scholarly events, associations, and networks you’ll need to build your career, as well as how to get the most out of scholarly conferences

Each of the 21 course modules includes video lessons, slide decks, and transcripts explaining


– key editing techniques

– how to work with clients

– tools to save you time and energy when tackling manuscripts

– and additional resources to continue your professional development

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The course launches in January 2018.

Sign up below to be the first to hear when it opens for enrollment.

Meet your instructors

Hi, we’re Cathy Hannabach, PhD, founder and president of Ideas on Fire, and Sarah Grey, founder and president of Grey Editing.

As professional academic editors ourselves, we have edited hundreds of books, journal articles, chapters, and digital projects in fields like gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, anthropology, cultural studies, film, political science, and communication.

We created this course because we noticed a serious lack of training options for folks wanting careers in academic editing— a field that requires both professional editing training and an extensive understanding of academic publishing and knowledge production.

We’ve distilled our combined 25 years of professional academic editing experience and expertise into this course to help you build your thriving academic editing career and get more great scholarship into the world.

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Training for an academic editing career? Want to add more academic clients to your existing editing portfolio? Join us for Introduction to Professional Academic Editing to learn how.

The course launches in January 2018. Sign up below to be the first to hear when it opens for enrollment.