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  • Confidentiality is critical to a productive relationship with my clients.

  • Productivity increases, as editing creates a new draft and generates questions/points for clarification.

  • Related to productivity is time management; editing has assisted writers in moving forward more quickly toward a final draft.

  • It has been helpful to authors to have a new pair of eyes read through a manuscript.

  • When there are multiple authors, there is a need to assure a single voice in the final draft.

  • My own experience with mental health and social research has been useful in catching errors of omission, inconsistencies, or the need for clarifications.

  • An important objective is to minimize reviewer/committee distractions making sure that there are no formatting, punctuation, or grammar errors. 

  • When working with multiple drafts, it is useful for the author to create a unique file name for each draft.

  • I have learned to appreciate the APA manual and its value as a detailed resource; furthermore, I have found the APA manual staff members are readily available to answer additional questions.

  • Citation and reference formatting errors are often a distraction to reviewers.

  • I have found that the Bibliography/Citation software management systems are imperfect and that there is a need for a careful edit of citations and references. This is especially pertinent to manuscripts that have been through multiple drafts.

  • In addition to accessing author guidelines, it is useful to have a sample article from the journal to maximize the quality of the editing service.

  • I have found that there are sufficient guidelines and resources available for other citation/references styles; AMA style is the format most frequently required when not APA style.

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