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 500 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

April Coffee Chat: Style Sheets

Tuesday, April 9 | 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT | Register

A good style sheet can be an invaluable tool for an editor, capturing style and other editorial decisions in one place for quick reference. But the benefits may not outweigh the time cost on every project. For our April Coffee Chat, we will discuss how and when we create and use these tools as academic editors. If you’ve ever wondered about:

  • the pros (and cons) of style sheets
  • key sections to include
  • the purpose of style guides vs. style sheets
  • when you should share style sheets with clients
  • how to store and keep track of project style sheets

. . . or if you want to get other editors’ opinions on another aspect of the topic, please, join us!

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Academic Editing Book Club: Every Day I Write the Book

Friday, April 12 | 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT | Register

Join us to discuss Amitava Kumar’s Every Day I Write the Book. Dr. Kumar, the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College, will join us for a Q&A on his essays about the writing process. Featuring perceptive and witty observations on the academic world, Every Day I Write the Book is part writing guide, part manifesto, and very different from many of the other books we’ve read in our book club.

Use the code E20KUMAR for a discount from Duke University Press!

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Past Events

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

  • 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 | EFA / Editors Canada Joint Academic Editing Book Club (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.

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