EASE Council nominee
Nominated for ordinary Council member
Mr Yateendra Joshi
Freelance copy editor and trainer
One of the first things I did on switching from being a researcher in agricultural sciences to becoming a manuscript editor was to join EASE, which was more than 30 years ago. EASE has helped me grow professionally, and serving it as a member of the Council has helped in some small way to repay that loan as it were. I am pleased to stand again for re-election.
I hope to speak for manuscript editors, all the more so with Sylwia Ufnalska stepping down. I plan to focus on training and to play an active role in the training initiative EASE has launched recently, beginning with a series of webinars. Style manuals are a particular interest of mine, and I also plan to be involved in shaping the Science Editors’ Handbook so that it adequately serves the current needs of both journal editors and manuscript editors. Typography and information design interest me greatly, and although they are peripheral to editing, I think of them as representing the last-mile connectivity between the author and the reader.
By way of career summary, I worked for a short time on a farm soon after taking a bachelor’s degree in agriculture (from Pune, India); taught plant pathology for two years (1976–78) after obtaining my master’s from College of Agriculture, Dharwad (India); worked for a decade (1978–88) as a scientist with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and then made a career switch to join the publishing arm of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) in New Delhi. During my 15 years (1989 – mid 2005) with TERI, I also worked for about a year as Senior Editor with ICRISAT, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Hyderabad, India), and then moved to Pune and worked for WISE, the World Institute of Sustainable Energy, until 2015. Since then, I have been on my own, working as a freelance copy editor and academic trainer (teaching academics how to write, publish, and present).