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Introduction to Academic Copyediting


August 28, 2024

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SKU: 280747


"Looking to expand your client base? Make the leap into academic copyediting with this self-paced starter kit." —Jennie Seitz, instructor

Important Information About Our Self-Paced Courses

Self-paced courses are undertaken by the student at their own pace. No instructor feedback is given, although models are provided in the lessons. All self-paced courses include at least one live Q&A session, held via Zoom. Students will have 365 days to access the course material. To extend access by 3 to 12 months from the initial access end date, email the education coordinator. More information about how our classes are conducted is available here.

After placing your order, your course will be added to your personal course library on our education site. That site has different login information from the main EFA site. Please check your email for information on how to access the course.

Access to course materials will begin on August 28, 2024.

Academic copyeditors play a pivotal role in the precise dissemination of scientific research, bridging the gap between complex findings and their intended audience, whether fellow scholars or the wider community. Find out how you can get started in this challenging and rewarding field and discover the pathway to a fulfilling and potentially lucrative career. 

This eight-module self-paced course is a comprehensive introduction to academic copyediting and the skills necessary to become an effective editor in the academic field. It is targeted at people who have intermediate-level copyediting knowledge and want to move into academic copyediting, but are not necessarily academics. 

Academic copyediting requires a specialized skill set that extends beyond traditional copyediting. It necessitates familiarity with specific style guides (such as APA, MLA, and Chicago), proficiency in formatting references, ensuring consistency in citations, and understanding specific conventions and mechanical aspects peculiar to academic writing.

Upon completion of this course, you will feel confident taking on academic copyediting work and you will have the knowledge, resources, and skills required to 

  • explain the role and importance of an academic copyeditor 
  • identify the different academic fields
  • understand the academic publishing process 
  • identify common types of academic documents 
  • apply basic conventions and mechanical aspects used in academic writing
  • review, revise, and improve the clarity, consistency, and accuracy of academic content for different Englishes and different authors
  • adhere to style guides and referencing requirements
  • start working with academic clients
  • be aware of ethical considerations in academic copyediting 

Modules will contain small quizzes to self-check your progress, along with some practical exercises, with model examples for comparison, to apply what you have learned. 

Access to APA 7th Publication Manual and Chicago Manual of Style 17 is beneficial but not required for this course. 


This course is appropriate for those who already have formal training in copyediting and/or intermediate-level experience. An academic background is not essential for this introductory course.

Jennie Seitz (she/her), owner of GT Pro-Edit LLC, is originally from the UK and began freelance academic editing while teaching English in Japan. She currently lives in the US and now has over twelve years’ experience copyediting and proofreading academic journal papers, trade nonfiction, and fiction books. Her clients include academic researchers, publishers, university presses, and indie authors. Jennie is a Professional Member of the CIEP, and a member of the EFA, ACES, PEN, and ELT Publishing Professionals. She is also newsletter editor for the EFA’s Academic Chapter and co-lead for an SSP CoIN working group. Outside of work commitments, Jennie enjoys volunteering at her local community theater, pottering in the garden, and curling up with her four cats, a cup of tea, and a good book.

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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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