There’s a list of links at the end of the message that give you an idea of the “before” and “after” text so that you can get an idea of what we’re looking for. The LaTeX (of which more later) does most of the work for you, but you will have to go through the references to make sure that they have come out correctly. Also note that “before” articles are “before formatting” as well as editing, but all the basic formatting will be done for you before you get the piece to edit.
You will be editing in LaTeX. If this isn’t something you’ve done before, it’s not as scary as it sounds. There’s a wysiwyg program called BaKoMa TeX Word that our PC-based editors use: it compiles the LaTeX in real time and lets you edit it very simply. You can try out the program for free for a month before you commit to us/it. The only problem with it is that it’s Windows only right now. Mac users instead use a free option called TexShop. It’s slightly less friendly in some ways, but more in others.
We have a system where you log into an account, choose articles to edit (only those in your chosen areas of expertise will come up) and then upload them again when you’re done. Although you can upload and download as you please, we are on a monthly cycle, so we might ask you to turn things around quicker towards the end of the month. You’ll get feedback in the form of e-mailed scans of your articles, which have been marked-up by our senior editors.
The wordcount for the articles is usually around 1000-1400 (including figures and captions). If the article gets too long then you get paid extra. We’ll give you more details about how we measure this once you start working.
In general, we expect editors to turn things around in a couple of weeks (to include time for corresponding with the author, if necessary). We will let you know if we need things a bit quicker to meet a deadline, but will always tell you that the quality comes first unless the client is screaming at us…
We pay at the end of a full news cycle: when we’ve delivered a full batch of articles to our biggest client. We use e-pay/direct deposit systems for US and UK editors, which means you should get your money within a week or so of our putting the payment through. Note that we pay in US$ or GP?? as you require, making the conversion based on that day’s rate. If you live outside the US/UK then we will send you a check in US$.
If you really want to know all about our style and see the full details of how we work, please contact us
and we’ll give you access.
How to apply
Please send a resume, a short note explaining why you think you are suitable for the job, and a list of topics that you feel you’d be qualified to edit (from our existing projects) to Dr Sunny Bains, Form and Content Media Limited.
Before and after links
Note that the articles will be correctly formatted before you start working on them.