About the Academic Editing Chapter

If you are involved or interested in academic editing, the Academic Editing (AE) Chapter will allow you to build your professional network, share information, and discuss relevant topics. Our regular programming includes quarterly virtual informational meetings, hosted alternately by the EFA and Editors Canada, and more frequent, small-group meetings like the EFA / Editors Canada Joint Academic Editing Book Club (JAEBC) and our monthly Coffee Chats.

The chapter is a collaboration between the EFA and Editors Canada, which was formed in early summer 2022. After conducting focus groups in 2021, the EFA formed an academic editing working group that reached out to colleagues in Editors Canada to propose creating a partnership. The virtual launch event in September 2022 was attended by nearly 250 people from around the globe, and the chapter was born! We currently have over 900 members in the chapter.

The Chapter’s efforts are run by volunteers who are members of either organization, and both organizations market the chapter events and provide support. Presently, the EFA hosts the AE Chapter’s website and email, and the EFA has granted the chapter funds to support administrative costs and to provide honorariums for guest speakers. We invite anyone who performs academic editing in any capacity to participate in the activities and events free of charge, and you do not have to be a member to participate.

The AE Chapter is organized into working groups with a leadership team overseeing all efforts. The Organizational Chart is a living and changing document that shows the solid team of dedicated volunteers who are building and running chapter activities and events.

Interested in joining our mailing list and receiving our newsletter? Sign up for our mailing list here. And to read past issues, visit here.

Have questions or want to volunteer? Email the co-coordinators at chap_academic@the-efa.org. Our team at Editors Canada can be reached at academic.editing@editors.ca.


Upcoming Events

July Coffee Chat: AI for Academic Editors

Tuesday, July 16 | 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT | Register


No matter where you fall on the AI comfort spectrum—from “AI will take my job!” to “AI’s the best tool humanity has!”—you likely want to learn more about it, and especially how it might affect your work as an editor. Some topics we might cover at this month’s coffee chat include:

  • How does AI actually work and what can it do?
  • How can editors use AI to enhance their own human intelligence?
  • What types of prompts, and what querying techniques, can get the best output?
  • What questions do authors have about the use of AI in editing and how can we help them?
  • What are AI’s limitations and what are its strengths?
  • How are publishers approaching the use of AI in writing, in editing, and in other ways?
  • Can AI be used to free editors’ time for more creative and intellectual work?
  • Can AI be trained to do your laundry?

The answer to that last one is probably no (sigh), but we look forward to a lively discussion about AI. Sure, you could ask ChatGPT to answer your questions, but we provide the human touch.

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Past Events

Recordings of past events are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

  • June 11, 2024 | June Coffee Chat: Macros and Productivity Tools
  • June 10, 2024 | Let’s Talk About . . . Indexing | a talk by Jolanta N. Komornicka and Alex Peace
  • June 7, 2024 | EFA / Editors Canada Joint Academic Editing Book Club (JAEBC) | a discussion with authors Cara M. Jordan and Leslie Castro-Woodhouse about The Art of Academic Editing
  • May 7, 2024 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Conferences
  • Apr. 12, 2024 | JAEBC | a discussion with author Amitava Kumar about Every Day I Write the Book
  • Apr. 9, 2024 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Style Sheets
  • Mar. 12, 2024 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Taxes
  • Feb. 29, 2024 | Webinar: Introduction to Coaching Academic Writers with Kate Vacek
  • Feb. 14, 2024 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Editor–Client Relationships
  • Feb. 2, 2024 | JAEBC | a discussion with authors Katelyn E. Knox and Allison Van Deventer about The Dissertation-to-Book Workbook: Exercises for Developing and Revising Your Book Manuscript
  • Jan. 18, 2024 | From Academia into Academic Editing: A Panel for Prospective Editors
  • Jan. 17, 2024 | Call for Volunteers
  • Jan. 11, 2024 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Setting Rates
  • Dec. 14, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Mulled W(h)ine!
  • Nov. 30, 2023 | Let’s Talk About . . . Creating a Successful Network | a talk by Linda Ruggeri and Brittany Dowdle | event recording available here
  • Nov. 16, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Billing
  • Nov. 10, 2023 | JAEBC | a discussion of Patricia Matthew’s Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure
  • Oct. 30, 2023 | Academic Editing Co-Working Session
  • Oct. 19, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Marketing
  • Sep. 21, 2023 | Let’s Talk About . . . Communicating Science through Comedy | a talk by Kasha Patel
  • Sep. 12, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Working with Students
  • Sep. 8, 2023 | JAEBC | a discussion of Rachael Cayley’s Thriving as a Graduate Writer | event recording available here
  • Aug. 23, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Agreements and Contracts
  • Jul. 13, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat: Taking Vacations as a Freelancer
  • Jun. 22, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat
  • May 5, 2023 | JAEBC | a discussion of Linda Ruggeri and Brittany Dowdle’s Networking for Freelance Editors: Practical Strategies for Networking Success
  • Apr. 28, 2023 | Let’s Talk About . . . AI and Automation for Editorial Project Management | a talk by Dr. Cathy Hannabach
  • Apr. 17, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat
  • Apr. 3, 2023 | JAEBC | a discussion with author Laura Portwood-Stacer about The Book Proposal Book
  • Mar. 23, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat
  • Mar. 10, 2023 | JAEBC | a discussion of Anne E. Greene’s Writing Science in Plain English
  • Feb. 3, 2023 | JAEBC | a discussion of Marcus Weaver-Hightower’s How to Write Qualitative Research
  • Jan. 27, 2023 | Let’s Talk About . . . Working with ESL/EFL/Multilingual Authors | a talk by Katharine O’Moore-Klopf
  • Jan. 12, 2023 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat
  • Jan. 6, 2023 | JAEBC | a discussion of Ellen Bryant Voigt’s The Art of Syntax
  • Dec. 15, 2022 | Academic Editing Coffee Chat
  • Dec. 2, 2022 | JAEBC | a discussion of Pamela Haag’s Revise
  • Nov. 4, 2022 | JAEBC | a discussion of Helen Sword’s Stylish Academic Writing
  • Sep. 23, 2022 | Academic Editing chapter launch | Summary Report—Academic Editing Chapter Launch Event


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Volunteering for the Academic Editing Chapter

December 19, 2023

Becoming—and then being—an academic editor is not an easy task. It can be isolating to work alone through a pile of journal articles or a seemingly endless dissertation. If you are interested advancing your skills, advocating for the profession, supporting emerging editors, or connecting with like-minded people, then volunteering might be a good option for you.

Chapter Events

Office Closed Monday April 8.

The EFA Offices will be closed Monday, April 8, 2024. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 9. Job postings, discussion list subscriptions, and other customer service requests may not be responded to until then.

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