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Writing Dentistry in Tehran

by Enid RosenstielEnid R

Editor’s note: As sanctions are lifted and Iran forms more ties with Western countries, medical and scientific editors will have opportunities to work with Iranian scholars who are trying to publish in international journals. Elsevier published guidance it had received from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on sanctions laws and publishing.

My husband is an author of a popular dental textbook now in its fifth edition and translated into ten languages, most recently Farsi. Now that he and I are both retired, we have put our efforts into a peer-reviewed journal, he as editor-in-chief and I as a freelance copy editor. I taught English to international students at The Ohio State University for many years.

When he was invited to speak in Tehran, we hesitated, but Continue reading

STC Summit 2016: Impressions of a First-Time Attendee

By Eilysh HaegerEilysh_Haeger

I had the honor and privilege of attending the STC Summit in Anaheim, California, this past May. As a student and first-time attendee, I did not know exactly what to expect in terms of scale and atmosphere. I was pleased to discover that Continue reading

Indian Copyeditors Forum: Connecting Editors, Creating Opportunities

By Vivek Kumar Vivek

Nothing can beat the thrill of attending an editors’ conference, and if your first conference also happens to be an international one, it is the icing on the cake. In June 2015, I attended Editing Goes Global in Toronto, the first international conference held by the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Once I was back home from Toronto, I was trying to figure out a way Continue reading

Getting That First Job: Advice from a Technical Recruiter

bernadettelcashBy Bernadette Cash

Madalyn Shea is a technical recruiter with Ware Technology Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ware is an employment agency that places technical writing candidates in mostly manufacturing and medical manufacturing settings. I emailed Madalyn, who offered the following advice for those seeking their first technical writing-related job. She can be reached by email at

Q: What things do you look for in candidates who are hoping to land their first technical writing/editing job?

I look for a strong verbal communicator. When someone is well spoken, it is usually an indicator that they have strong writing and editing skills. The next thing I look for Continue reading

Capitalizing on Conferences

head shot of authorBy Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

[The 2016 STC Summit, May 15–18, is only days away. If you can’t be in Anaheim, you can still participate live with the virtual track option of ten selected sessions on May 16 and 17, but preregistration is required before May 11. In this article, Ruth looks at how freelancers can market themselves at conferences—even if they can’t attend.]

Now that colleagues have learned from Geoff Hart and others how to survive a large conference, and how to network, I’d like to look at how to capitalize on attending such events, whether in person or otherwise. (Yes, you can have a conference presence without actually being there!)

Conferences are expensive, time-consuming, and potentially exhausting, so why attend? Because not only are they opportunities to learn or enhance skills, they are potential goldmines of new clients and referrals from colleagues.  Continue reading