B – Teaching scientific editing

Willey I, Tanimoto K. “Convenience editors” as legitimate participants in the practice of scientific editing: an interview study. Journal of English for Academic Purposers 2013;12(1):23-32

This study explored how English teachers who regularly edited healthcare-related texts learned the “craft” of scientific editing. The authors interviewed English-teaching editors of scientific texts written by Japanese authors, with a focus on these editors’ initial difficulties with editing and how editors overcame these difficulties. Results indicate that some issues are of potential significance to these English teachers, such as the various styles and terminology of medical academic writing; authors’ involvement in the editing process; and early apprenticeship or immersion experiences.  Greater collaboration between English teachers and scientific professionals is needed, too.