About the Academic Editing Chapter

If you are involved or interested in academic editing, this virtual chapter hosted by the EFA, and its partner group being developed by Editors Canada, will allow you to build your professional network, share information, and discuss relevant topics.

The results of a survey and focus group in late 2021 have shaped our initial planning for this chapter, just as using the #SPECIALITY ACADEMIC EDITING on the EFA Discussion List continues to do so.

The Academic Editing Chapter is open to all. EFA membership is encouraged, but not required, and you are welcome to spread the word of this chapter among your networks!

Our plans include holding quarterly, large-group, informational meetings virtually, hosted alternately by the EFA and Editors Canada and more frequent, small-group meetings, like the EFA/Editors Canada Joint Book Club and our monthly Coffee/Tea Chats (see below).

Interested in joining this new Academic Editing Chapter? Sign up for our mailing list here

Have questions? Email the chapter co-coordinators at chap_academic@the-efa.org.


Upcoming Events

March Academic Editing Coffee Chat

Thursday, March 23 | 10am PT / 1pm ET | Register

For our March coffee chat, we’ll be discussing one of the most tedious aspects of being a freelancer: taxes. 

Receipts strewn about a table with a receipt book, pen, and calculator in the center. Photo by FIN on Unsplash.

Does the thought of filing taxes leave you feeling overwhelmed? Do you struggle to keep track of all of the relevant documents? Are you super-organised or well-versed in applicable deductions?

Join us to discuss:

  • The pros and cons of using an accountant
  • Tips for organising the necessary information
  • Business expenses that can be written off
  • Useful resources for filing taxes as a freelancer
  • And more!

(We promise it’ll be more fun than filing!)

April Academic Editing Book Club w/ Laura Portwood-Stacer

Monday, April 3 | 10am PT / 1pm ET | Register

Flyer showing the front cover of The Book Proposal Book, A Guide for Scholarly Authors, by Laura Portwood-Stacer, with the text: Academic Editing Book Club: Monday, April 3, 10am PT / 1pm ET. Author Q&A with Dr. Laura Portwood-Stacer, hosted by Dr. Jana Riess.

Are you interested in reading and discussing books related to academic editing? If so, please join us in the EFA / Editors Canada Joint Academic Editing Book Club (JAEBC)!

We will be discussing Dr. Laura Portwood-Stacer’s The Book Proposal Book. This event will consist of a Q&A with Dr. Laura Portwood-Stacer, hosted by Dr. Jana Riess.

The scholarly book proposal may be academia’s most mysterious genre. You have to write one to get published, but most scholars receive no training on how to do so—and you may have never even seen a proposal before you’re expected to produce your own. The Book Proposal Book cuts through the mystery and guides prospective authors step by step through the process of crafting a compelling proposal and pitching it to university presses and other academic publishers.

Professional headshot of Laura Portwood-Stacer.

Laura Portwood-Stacer, PhD, is a developmental editor and founder of Manuscript Works, a consultancy serving academic authors around the world. She is the author of Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism and previously taught media and cultural studies at New York University and the University of Southern California. She lives in Los Angeles. Twitter @lportwoodstacer


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