Further, farther, LaTeX

Language Log – and, as ever, their comment contributors – got involved with the history of further and farther last month, a post we remembered today in response to a query from an author. The post is available here, and if you find that it passes the time quickly then we’ve got a query of our own: are you a capable copy-editor with TeX experience? We’d be pleased to hear from you if you are; just drop us a line.

Developmental editing

Our editorial work with BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, includes more than copy-editing. When required, we work with their authors at an earlier stage of the process, helping them to develop their manuscripts – for example, to define clearly the aim of a book and each of its chapters before setting about achieving them. Is the target reader being served as well as possible, not only in terms of the overall structure but the specifics of the material. Is there too much detail? Is there too much context? Is it sufficiently focused or have topics been mixed? Has everything been explained and justified?

The title pictured above is one that we helped to develop editorially last year, as well as taking it through to final print- and online-ready files – a rare case of project managing Project-Management.

Volume 1, issue 1

Congratulations to Juliano Fiori and his colleagues on the launch of the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, which it’s been a pleasure for us to help out with. The new journal is hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester – and you can read more, including the issue itself, at manchester openhive, the home of Manchester University Press’s Open Access content.

Wednesday at #LBF

If you’re at London Book Fair today – 13 March – and you’d like to say hello, then we’re just along from the bottom of the green staircase in the National Hall (on stand 7K31).