|Consulting Editor Program|
JAFSCD’s Consulting Editor Program (CEP) is designed to assist new or non–native English-speaking authors who have an important contribution to make to the agriculture, food system, and community development literature, but whose manuscript fails to meet JAFSCD editorial criteria or has other weaknesses (e.g., poor writing, structure, logic, nonstandard usage of English). Below is an outline of the steps in the CEP process.
Please note that participating in the CEP does not guarantee submission for review. It simply has the potential to increase the chance of the manuscript being reviewed. Also note that JAFSCD and its publisher, New Leaf Publishing and Consulting, while facilitating the consulting editor program, are not directly involved with a CEP contract since doing so would create a conflict of interest.
How CEP Works
STEP 1. Authors who would like editorial assistance contact a consulting editor from the list below directly and include a copy of the manuscript and details such as the following:
(a) the stage of the manuscript (e.g. early draft, completed draft, etc.);
(b) any specific needs of the paper (e.g., light editing, heavy editing);
(c) compensatory arrangements offered (payment, coauthorship, acknowledgement, combination); and
(d) a timeframe.
STEP 2. The consulting editor (CE) conducts a quick review of the manuscript and responds promptly to the author with details on what he or she believes the manuscript requires and what compensatory arrangement he or she is willing to accept. If a fee is required, the CE provides a rate per hour and an estimate of the number of hours needed.
Keys to a Successful CE Arrangement
Consulting Editors Currently Available
Bethann Garramon Merkle
Bethann Garramon Merkle looks forward to serving as a consulting editor for your project. Bethann is currently an English-as-a-Second-Language instructor, and is a trained artist, educator, and project manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she focused on sustainable food and agriculture, with supplementary minors in Studio Fine Arts and Wilderness Studies. In brief, Bethann has: 8+ years experience writing and editing articles and publications in a range of topics for a variety of target audiences; 8+ years graphic design and illustration experience; 7+ years education experience (developing education materials, and teaching adults and children about communication, community development, ecology, conservation science, and sustainable life skills); 5+ years experience managing and facilitating community development projects and non-profit organizations, and associated staff and volunteers; working knowledge of French. Bethann is happy to help with editing, as well as additional communication needs including popular articles, illustration and graphic design for articles and other publications, and education materials development. Price or acknowledgment is negotiable. She can be reached at b.g.merkle (at) gmail.com.
Ken Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, holds 40 years experience in community capacity-building as an administrator, researcher, journalist, and educator. His pioneering study of the farm and food economy of Southeast Minnesota, “Finding Food in Farm Country,” helped attract new members to a collaborative of food producers, and led to the creation of a regional investment fund. It also serves as a national model for analyzing rural economics that has been adopted by 59 regions in 26 states across the U.S. His innovative tool for measuring financial assets in low-income communities, the “Neighborhood Income Statement and Balance Sheet,” helped spark development of a Latino Mercado in South Minneapolis and has been adopted by other communities nationally. As coordinator of public process and indicator selection for the Minneapolis Sustainability Plan, Meter led the public process to define a long-term vision and indicators for the city. Formerly, he served as planning commissioner for his hometown.
In addition to Ken Meter’s extensive work in food system assessments of 59 regions in 26 states, he worked extensively as a journalist covering domestic and international agricultural issues. He has filed first-hand reports from 12 nations outside of the U.S., including in-depth coverage in the Philippines and Japan. He taught journalism at the University of Minnesota, and served as founding co-editor of Common Ground magazine.
I am a freelance journalist and independent English language editor, and editor for Ecology and Farming and Farming Matters. I was the lead author of The Real Green Revolution (Greenpeace, 2002) and several well received and highly cited reports and articles on organic farming, regional foods and rural development. I have a degree in Human Ecology and a Master’s and PhD in Environmental Assessment
For the past ten years I have been working as as independent English language editor, helping academics and NGOs "get the best" out of their material. With a multidisciplinary background, I am able to deal with natural and social sciences and the places where the two meet. While most of my clients are non-native English speakers, my service covers more than just proofreading or editing. It also draws on an in-depth understanding of a wide range of sustainability issues, a keen eye for scientific detail, and an ability to help authors to find the right tone for the audience that they want to reach (be it policy makers, academics or the general public).
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