Tag Archive: editing

May 09

You’re never above being proofread

It’s very tempting to think that you’ve been doing your job for a very long time and that you’ve earned enough seniority not to have anyone else look at your work. It’s also tempting to think that short emails and one-page letters don’t matter that much, and that you can send them out without much …

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Feb 15

Turning science into plain language

Last week I worked with three scientists preparing a grant application.  Essentially, an organisation is making money available for research, and the scientists need to convince the funders that their project is worth a share of the pot. The challenge is that there are complicated concepts to convey, and the readers (the people reviewing the …

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Jan 05

Making a plain language version of an existing document

Faced with a long and convoluted document which needs improvement (for example, a financial agreement, a letter of advice, or a set of instructions), how do you go about creating a plain English version? One option is to re-write it from scratch – this is worthwhile when the whole structure needs changing, as it sometimes …

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