The communication of ideas and research is a fundamental skill for academics and researchers. What is often overlooked is that while writing comprises one set of skills, editing comprises another distinct set.
Academics are constantly required to not only edit their own work for dissemination and publication but also assist their students and colleagues with manuscripts, papers and grants. Though there are plenty of opportunities to hone writing skills, academics often lack the specific training needed to edit efficiently and effectively.
The aim of this course is to provide academics and postgraduate students with both the core skills needed to edit and format scholarly writing and an understanding of editing principles and best practices (including how to give useful and actionable feedback to students and colleagues).
To ensure this course is relevant to everyone seeking to acquire these skills, it includes advice for British, Australian and US English, with exercises and answers provided in British and Australian English, and US English. We have included instructions for both Windows (Office 365) and Mac (Office for Mac) operating systems.
Please note: This course is not intended for professional editors or those seeking to begin a career as an editor. Editing Skills for Academics is only intended for academics and postgraduates seeking to improve their skills in relation to those specific roles. If you wish to learn about editing in a professional capacity, please read about our course Your Editing Career Launched.