Editorial services

I have worked as a freelance editor, mainly for academic clients, since the late 1970s. My editing skills and experience span proofreading and copyediting, substantive and structural editing, fictional and non-fictional work, book project management, through to editorial advice to editors of journals and books, as well as publishers. Most recently, I provided editorial services to Ralph Horne for his book in the Routledge Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series — Housing Sustainability in Low Carbon Cities.

Editing collections and book series

Mid-2017 I became the Palgrave Macmillan editor for a new book series, Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias.

I have regularly peer reviewed for academic journals, starting off as the reviews editor and an editorial committee member of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies/Review (ILAS, La Trobe University) in 1996–1998.

I was the editor of Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice and Performance (2007) and co-editor of Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011), Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil (2016), Sustainability Citizenship and Cities: Theory and Practice (2016) and the forthcoming Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities (2018/2019).

Show More

I have been a full member of the Society of Editors (Vic.) — now Editors Victoria — and active in their Occasional Series on Australian Editors group till 2007, then a professional member of the Society of Editors (NSW), 2009–2013 — now Editors NSW.

Editing theses

I have professionally edited numerous theses over many decades. Usually a supervisor will contact me to see if I am available. Ideally you approach me at least one month before you plan to have your thesis ready for me to work on, so that we can discuss the job, I can make a quote on the expected cost and confirm that I can fit it in.

Show More

I can only edit your thesis after you have made all the corrections demanded by your supervisors and other advisors. You will need to provide me with details of special style guides and formats required by your institution. I will need a couple of weeks to complete the job and you need to allow a week to approve suggested changes and deal with comments and questions. Make sure provision for editing is in your thesis schedule well before your submission date.

The Australian Council of Graduate Research and Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) co-developed guidelines on limiting the roles of an editor with respect to theses: Guidelines for Editing Research Theses. In short, an editor only attends to copyediting and proofreading. Your supervisor advises you on structural and substantive editing and research matters. An editor can only point out deficiencies in these areas.

I can either mark a print (hard) copy of your thesis or track changes that are then returned as a pdf for you to transfer accepted changes. This process is required by the IPEd guidelines to ensure that students fulfil the academic requirement that the thesis is their own work. Consequently, your acknowledgement, might read: ‘Professional editor, Anitra Nelson (Victoria), copyedited and proofread this thesis, according to guidelines in the university-endorsed national Guidelines for Editing Research Theses.’

Related publications

A Nelson (2007) ‘Sheila Allison and Pamela Ball in conversation with Anitra Nelson’ [Interview] in K Biram, D Brown and J Craig (eds) Editors in Conversation, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne: 5–27.

A Nelson (2007) ‘Robyn Colman and Lee White in conversation with Anitra Nelson’ [Interview] in K Biram, D Brown and J Craig (eds) Editors in Conversation, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne: 29–59.

A Nelson (2003) ‘Copying rights and wrongs’ The (Education) Age, 19 February: 12–13.