When editing a document, I aim to make the English more natural and concise, as well as clarifying any ambiguities and minimising repetition.
I’m pretty good at cutting word count by at least 10% without sacrificing content, and once managed to reduce a doctoral thesis by 30% just by tightening things up.
I work with any materials that involve writing and presentation: slides, posters, websites...
It’s probably also worth mentioning that I work on a lot of academic journals, including over 50 titles across various disciplines from politics to botany and theology. Some are in subject areas I didn’t know existed (who knew that forest engineering was a thing?). I’m comfortable with abstract concepts, and sensitive to terms that may have special meanings within certain contexts. With subject-matter that I don’t necessarily understand, I’m still alert to logical flow.
Apart from this, I also check:
- Spelling (US or UK), grammar and punctuation
- Consistency of content (e.g. use of hyphens, capitals, numerals, abbreviations)
- Consistency of presentation (layout and formatting)
- Cross-referencing and internal logic (section numbering, table/figure citations, etc)
- Basic factual accuracy
- Adherence to brand/style guidelines