Editing Technical Publications (Eng 4/575)

Spring 2023
Eng 4/575-01: Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm (CST), online

Instructor: Roland Nord
Office: 229E Armstrong Hall
Online office hours: Online office hours: MW 1:00 to 4:30, 6:00 to 7:00, and 8:30 to 9:30 pm; T 1:00 to 2:00 and 3:30 to 4:30 pm; or by appointment
Phone: 507-389-5402
Email: roland.nord@mnsu.edu

This syllabus contains the following sections. Click up arrow to return to this list.

up arrow Required materials

All students in an online section should have a fast internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam. I highly recommend your using the microphone in a headset rather than the microphone in a webcam in order to reduce audio distortion or echoes. Check the Student Tech Guide or the Student Technology Tools and Resources for Online Learning page for additional help and instructions.

The following text is required:

Cunningham, Donald, Edward Malone, and Joyce Rothschild. 2020. Technical editing: An introduction to editing in the workplace. New York: Oxford University Press. [TE]

The following texts are required (and available 'free' online to Minnesota State Mankato students):

Chicago manual of style. 2017. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [CMOS]

CMOS is available to Minnesota State Mankato faculty, staff, and students through Memorial Library. Note that The Chicago Manual of Style Online includes links to a number of resources, including a Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide, Chicago style Q&A, and a Shop Talk blog.

Scientific style and format: The CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. 2014. 8th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [SSF]

SSF is available to Minnesota State Mankato faculty, staff, and students through Memorial Library. Note that the SSF (8th ed.) includes links to Tools and to a SSF Citation Quick Guide. The Council of Science Editors maintains an impressive website useful to members and non-members.

I recommend the following texts:

Amare, Nicole, Barry Nowlin, and Jean Hollis Weber. 2010. Technical editing in the twenty-first century. Boston, MA: Prentice-Hall.

Borel, Brooke. 2016. The Chicago guide to fact-checking. Chicago. University of Chicago Press.

Buky, Erika, Marilyn Schwartz, and Amy Einsohn. 2019. The copyeditor's workbook: Exercises and tips for honing your editorial judgment. Oakland: University of California Press.

Editors of EEI Press. 2006. Copyeditor's guide to substance & style. 3rd ed. Alexandria, VA: EEI Press.

Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. 2019. The copyeditor's handbook: A guide for book publishing and corporate communications. 4th ed. Oakland: University of California Press.

Flanagan, Suzan, and Michael Albers, eds. 2019. Editing in the modern classroom (ATTW Series in Technical and Professional Communication). New York: Taylor and Francis.

Hart, Geoff. 2019. Effective onscreen editing: New tools for an old profession. 4th ed. Pointe-Claire, Quebec: Diaskeuasis Publishing.

Order print or online versions through Geoff Hart's website.

Ginna, Peter, ed. 2017. What editors do: The art, craft, and business of book editing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Murphy, Avon, ed. 2010. New perspectives on technical editing. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Co.

Pinker, Stephen. 2014. The sense of style: The thinking person's guide to writng in the 21st century. New York: Penguin.

Rude, Carolyn, and Angela Eaton. 2011. Technical editing. 5th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Saller, Carol. 2009. The subversive copy editor: Advice from Chicago (or, how to negotiate good relationships with your writers, your colleagues, and yourself). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

In addition, I encourage you to use a style manual appropriate to your field of study or area of content expertise; examples include the following:

ACS style guide: Effective communication of scientific information. 2006. ACS Publications.

The various sections of The ACS Style Guide are available as PDFs from ACS <https://pubs.acs.org/isbn/9780841239999>.

American Mathematical Society. 2014. AMS author handbook. Providence, RI: AMS.

American National Standards Institute. 2009. American National Standard for the preparation of scientific papers for written or oral presentation. ANSI.

American National Standards Institute. 13 May 2010. Scientific and technical reports – Preparation, presentation, and preservation. Baltimore, MD: National Information Standards Organization.

American Psychological Association. 2019. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 7th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Bates, Robert, Rex Buchanan, and Marla Adkins-Heljeson, eds. 2004. Geowriting: A guide to writing, editing, and printing in earth science. 5th ed. rev. Alexandria: American Geological Institute.

Christian, Darrell, Sally Jacobsen and David Minthorn, eds. 2010. Associated Press stylebook. New York: Basic Books.

Coghill, Anne, and Lorrin Garson eds. The ACS style guide: Effective communication of scientific information. Washington D.C.: American Chemical Society.

DeRespinis, Francis, Peter Hayward, Jana Jenkins, Amy Laird, Leslie McDonald, and eric Radzinski. 2012. The IBM style guide: Conventions for writers and editors. Upper Saddle River, NJ: IBM Press.

IEEE Standards Association. n.d. Raising the world's standards. IEEE <https://standards.ieee.org/> 9 January 2020.

Gastel, Barbara, and Robert Day. 2016. How to write & publish a scientific paper. 8th ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.

JAMA Network Editors. 2020. AMA manual of style: A guide for authors & editors. 11th ed. Oxford University Press.

Michaelson, Herbert. 1990. How to write & publish engineering papers and reports. 3rdn ed. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Microsoft. 2018. Welcome. Microsoft writing style guide. <https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/style-guide/welcome/> 6 June 2018.

The Microsoft Writing Style Guide replaced the Microsoft Manual of Style.

Modern Language Association. 2009. MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 7th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America.

Modern Language Association. 2010. MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing. 3rd ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America.

New York Public Library writer's guide to style and usage. 1994. New York: HarperCollins.

Sabin, William. 2013. The Gregg reference manual. 12th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.

Skillin, Majorie, and Robert Gay. 1974. Words into type. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall.

Swanson, Ellen. 1999. Mathematics into Type: Updated edition. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society.

U.S. Government Printing Office style manual: An official guide to the form and style of Federal Government printing. 2016. U.S. Government Printing Office <https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GPO-STYLEMANUAL-2016/pdf/GPO-STYLEMANUAL-2016.pdf>.

If you do not know what constitutes an appropriate style guide for your profession or discipline, please consult with me or with one of the instructors in your major.

I encourage you to subscribe to the Copyediting (COPYEDITING-L) discussion list and to subscribe to other discussion lists or newsgroups as appropriate to your major, minor, or interests. You may not, however, submit quiz or exam questions or questions about class exercises to a discussion list.

I encourage you to consult the Conscious Style Guide for resources and articles about bias-free language.

up arrow Course description and learning outcomes

This course serves as an introduction to substantive editing and to copyediting. Students will concentrate on the following activities:

    1. editing the content, organization, format, style, and mechanics of documents;
    2. managing the production cycle of documents; and
    3. discovering and learning software applications for technical editing tasks.

Class will follow a (modified) workshop format.

Students who successfully complete the Editing Technical Publications (Eng 4/575) course are able to

In addition to the above, graduate students who successfully complete the Editing Technical Publications (Eng 575) course are able to

Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a documented disability, please notify me as early in the semester as possible to discuss the necessary accommodations or contact Accessibility Resources at (507) 389-2825 (V) or (800) 627-3529 (MRS).

Students may not make unauthorized, electronic recordings of lectures or electronic copies of course materials (e.g., PowerPoints, formulas, lecture notes) using personally owned recording devices (e.g., smart phone, iPad, computer, digital recorder). Unauthorized downloading, file sharing, distribution of any part of a recorded lecture or course materials or using information for purposes other than the student’s own learning may be deemed a violation of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s “Statement of Student Responsibilities” subject to disciplinary action (http://www.mnsu.edu/atoz/policies/recordingoflecturesandmaterials2015.pdf).

up arrow Evaluation

You will be expected to act and to work as a professional. This includes your submitting work on time and in an appropriate form, and it includes your treating your fellow students with courtesy and respect. The Statement of Student Responsibilities is available from the Office of Student Conduct.

I expect you to use your texts and any appropriate reference materials on all exams, quizzes, and assignments. You may work collaboratively on specified assignments and quizzes. When working collaboratively, submit a single document for the entire group; however, be sure each collaborator signs and receives a copy of the document.

Your grade will be based upon your performance on your editing assignments, group work, in-class exercises, and final exam. I provide point totals for each assignment in the assignment specifications. Although I will evaluate your performance on most of the major editing assignments, exercises, quizzes, and on the final exam, please note that I will not evaluate or comment on all of the work that you submit. Note that the copyediting, proofreading, and comprehensive editing assignments for the second half of the course are weighted more heavily than the assignments for the first half of the course.

I will assign grades based upon the following scale for undergraduate (Eng 475) students:

A = Superior (90–100%)
B = Above average (80–89%)
C = Average (70–79%)
D = Below Average (60–69%)
F = Failure

I will assign grades based upon the following scale for graduate (Eng 575) students:

A = Superior quality (90–100%)
B = Above average (80–89%)
C = Below average (70–79%)
D = Unacceptable performance
F = Unacceptable performance

The university policy on grades is contained within the Grading policy on the University Policies website. I typically assign only straight (non-shaded) grades in the course.

In lieu of some of the exercises that the undergraduates will complete, graduate students will develop a presentation based upon a research article and will complete a major editing project.

Any work that you submit late must be accompanied by a cover memo explaining why the work is submitted late and why I should comment on and evaluate the work, and all late work is subject to a 10% reduction in points possible. I will not accept work that is submitted late because of unexcused absences. Any requests for deadline extensions or incompletes must be made in writing and must be submitted before the assignment is due or, in the case of incompletes, before the final exam. The university policy on incompletes is contained within the Grading Policy on the University Policies website.

All collaborative work must be completed by students working in groups of two or three (at most). All members of the group should appear as authors; however, only one person from the group should submit the document, and all members of the group receive the same score on the assignment. If you complete and submit collaborative assignments individually, the best you can earn on the assignment is 50% of the points possible.

Plagiarism results in a failing grade on the particular assignment; repeated plagiarism results in a failing grade for the course. For further information, consult the University policy on academic honesty.

All email correspondence about the course must include either Eng 475 or Eng 575 (and the section number) on the subject line. Please do not append files to email correspondence unless directed to do so in the assignment specs.

up arrow Tentative reading and writing assignments

The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus; for example, I will post assignments weekly. I will also remind you of class assignments through email messages. Consequently, I encourage you to check your syllabus and your email frequently (at least 3x a week). All email messages will be sent to your Minnesota State Mankato accounts, which you can access using the Minnesota State Mankato web-email client.

I will use D2L Brightspace (D2L) to list discussion prompts, to provide exercises and answer keys (in content), to provide folders in which you can submit assignments, to record grades, and to provide a directory of email addresses. A link for system compatibility (to check to see that your computer can run D2L) appears in the Welcome section of the D2L page.

We will use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) for your assignments and exercises. Office 365 is available on all campus computers and is available to you as a free download. Office is commonly used in industry—both within the US and globally.

Since this is a 4-credit course, students are expected to spend approximately 12 hours per week (3 hours per credit per week) on the course. This includes time spent in class and time spent out of class reading, researching, and completing assignments. For further information, consult the University's credit-hour policy

Complete the following readings and assignments by the date indicated. Articles or materials under the headings "Ancillary reading," "Research," or "Web resources" are optional (not required) reading.

Week #1: January 11

Introduction, diagnostic, definitions, resources, and bookmaking

TE, Chapter 1, "Introduction: Looking Back and Moving Forward," 1–19
TE, Chapter 2, "Preparing for an Editing Project," 20–42
TE, Chapter 3, "Planning and Implementing the Editing," 43–62

Ancillary reading

Adin, Richard. 18 May 2015. Compromise and expectations—A clash in the making. An American Editor <https://americaneditor.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/compromise-and-expectations-a-clash-in-the-making/> 11 January 2023.

Arnett, E.J. May 2013. Teaching a college-level editing class. In Proceedings of the Technical Communication Summit ’13 <http://summit.stc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/STC-2013-Technical-Communication-Summit-Proceedings.pdf#page=235>, 229-233. Society for Technical Communication.

Belcher, Wendy Laura. n.d. How to hire & work with an academic copyeditor. Wendy Laura Belcher <https://wendybelcher.com/writing-advice/how-to-hire-copyeditor/> 11 January 2023.

CSE's white paper on promoting integrity in scientific journal publications. February 2022. Council of Science Editors <http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/wp-content/uploads/CSE-White-Paper_Feb2022_webPDF.pdf> 11 January 2023.    

Dimeo, Jean. 6 September 2017. Re-coding literacy. Inside Higher Ed <https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/09/06/professor-writes-everyone-should-code-movement-re-coding?width=775&height=500&iframe=true> 11 January 2023.

Einsohn, Amy. 2011. Are editors born or made? UC Press <https://content.ucpress.edu/ancillaries/8429002/8429002_bornormade2.pdf> 11 January 2023.

Hughes, Graham. 27 May 2021. Eight myths about editors and proofreaders. GH Editorial <https://www.gh-ed.com/blog/eight-myths-about-editors-and-proofreaders> 11 January 2023.

O'Moore-Klopf, Katharine. 4 January 2017. How to become a medical editor. KOK Edit Blog: Katharine O'Moore-Klopf <http://editor-mom.blogspot.com/2017/01/how-to-become-medical-editor.html> 11 January 2023.

Rivard, Becky, and Jessica LaPointe. 17 September 2019. How to explain your role to non-editors: Production and copy editing. Science Editor <https://www.csescienceeditor.org/article/how-to-explain-your-role-to-non-editors-production-and-copy-editing/> 11 January 2023.

Sullivan-Tarazi, Odile. 21 April 2017. The levels of edit: Surveying the editorial landscape. Medium <https://medium.com/@odile_sullivan/the-levels-of-edit-fce09e14963a> 11 January 2023.

Weber, Jean Hollis. 9 January 2012. Working with a technical editor. TECHWHIR-L   <https://techwhirl.com/working-with-a-technical-editor/> 11 January 2023.

Web resources—Websites of professional editors

Adin, Rich. 2023. Freelance editorial services <http://www.freelance-editorial-services.com/> 11 January 2023.

Hart, Geoff. 2023. Geoff-Hart.com: Editing, writing, and translation <http://www.geoff-hart.com/> 11 January 2023.

O'Moore-Klopf, Katharine. 2023. KOK Edit: Katharine O'Moore-Klopf <http://www.kokedit.com/> 11 January 2023.

Thaler-Carter, Ruth. 2023. Ruth E. Thaler-Carter: "I can write about anthing!". www.writeruth.com <http://www.writerruth.com/> 11 January 2023.

Weber, Jean Hollis. 2023. Technical Editors' Eyrie: Resources for technical editors <http://www.jeanweber.com/newsite/> 11 January 2023.


Amare, N. 2004. Act well thy part: Performing technical writer and engineer. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 47 (3): 211-215.

Flanagan, Suzan. 2019. The current state of technical editing research and the open questions. In Editing in the Modern Classroom, 15-46. Routledge.

Graves, Michael, Wayne Slater, Duane Roen, Teres Redd-Boyd, Ann Duin, David Furness and Patricia Hazeltine. 1988. Some characteristics of memorable expository writing: Effects of revisions by writers with different backgrounds. Research in the Teaching of English 22 (3): 242-265.

Hayhoe, George. 2007. The future of technical writing and editing. Technical Communication 54 (3): 281-282.

Lang, Tom. 2020. Editing by the book: Lessons from technical editing texts." AMWA Journal: American Medical Writers Association Journal 35 (3): n.p.

Kreth, Melinda and Elizabeth Bowen. 2017. A descriptive survey of technical editors. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 60 (3): 238-255.

Moell, Patricia, Michelle Corbin, Mary Jo David, Carol Lamarche, and Jenifer Servais. 2012. The evolving role of the technical editor. Intercom 59 (8): 6-9.

Self, Tony. February 2009. What if readers can't read? Intercom 56 (2): 11-14.

Speck, Bruce. 1991. Editorial authority in the author-editor relationship. Technical Communication 38 (3): 300-315.

Stephen, Leslie. 23 November 2014. The evolution of editors. Studies of a Biographer <http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Studies_of_a_Biographer/The_Evolution_of_Editors> 11 January 2023.

Van Buren, Robert and Mary Fran Buehler. 1980. The levels of edit. 2nd ed. Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Warren, T. 2010. History and trends in technical editing. In New perspectives on technical editing, ed. Avon Murphy, 29-49. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing.

Web resources

Conjunction junction. 5 September 2008. YouTube <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODGA7ssL-6g> 11 January 2023.

Other Grammar Rock links are available from the Schoolhouse Rock site, which also contains links to Science Rock, Money Rock, America Rock, and Multiplication Rock.   

King, Rachel Page. 5 August 2018. Object lessons: The draconian dictionary is back. The Atlantic <https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/08/the-draconian-dictionary-is-back/566660/> 11 January 2023.

NcNees, Pat. 17 May 2020. Kinds of editors and levels of edit—what every writer should know (updated). Writers and Editors <http://www.writersandeditors.com/blog.htm?post=870119> 11 January 2023.

Thaler-Carter, Ruth. 2022. An American Editor <https://americaneditor.wordpress.com/> 11 January 2023.

Toor, Rachel. 20 July 2015. The better angels of our writing: Good copy editors can save us from ourselves. The Chronicle of Higher Education <http://chronicle.com/article/The-Better-Angels-of-Our/231763/> 11 January 2023.

In-class work



D2L Discussion prompt (10 points)

Week #2: January 18

Document design and typography

TE, Chapter 10, "Editing Page Design," 231–252

Ancillary reading

CMOS (16th ed), Appendix A: "Production and Digital Technology," A.1-5 and A.16-22
SSF, Chapter 31, "Typography and Manuscript Preparation" sections 31.1-2


Alley, Michael, Madeline Schreiber, Katina Ramsdell, and John Muffo. 2006. How the design of headlines in presentation slides affects audience retention. Technical Communication 53 (2): 225-234.

Amare, Nicole, and Alan Manning. 2012. Seeing typeface personality: Emotional responses to form as tone. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, 1-9. Curran Associates. DOI: 10.1109/IPCC.2012.6408605

Brumberger, Eva. 2004. The rhetoric of typography: Effects on reading time, reading comprehension, and perceptions of ethos. Technical Communication 51 (1): 13-24.

Keyes, Elizabeth. 1993. Typography, color, and information structure. Technical Communication 40 (4): 638-654.

Kliger, D., and D. Gilad. 2012. Red light, green light: Color priming in financial decisions. The Journal of Socio-Economics 41 (5): 738-45.

Mackiewicz, Jo. 2007. Audience perceptions of fonts in projected PowerPoint text slides. Technical Communication 54 (3): 295- 307.

Mackiewicz, Jo, and Rachel Moeller. 2004. Why people perceive typefaces to have different personalities. In IPCC 2004: Proceedings, 304-313. Minneapolis, MN: IEEE.
[Roland N.]

Marsh, C. Hugh. 1999. The engineer as technical writer and document designer: The new paradigm. Journal of Computer Documentation 23 (2): 57-61.

Perlin, Neil. 2007. Writing becomes industrial. Intercom 54 (1): 17-19.

Schultz, Laura D., and Jan H. Spyridakis. 2004. The effect of heading frequency on comprehension of online information: A study of two populations. Technical Communication 51 (4): 504-516.

van der Waarde, Karel. 1999. Typographic dimensions and conventional wisdom: A discrepancy? Technical Communication 46 (1): 67-74.

Williams, Thomas, and Jan Spyradakis. 1992. Visual discriminability of headings in text. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 35 (2): 64-70.

Web resources

Bonneville, Douglas. 4 November 2010. Best practices of combining typefaces. Smashing Magazine <http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/04/best-practices-of-combining-typefaces/>  11 January 2023.

Brand standards. 2022. Minnesota State University, Mankato <https://mankato.mnsu.edu/brand-standards/> 11 January 2023.

Counterspace. 2023. <http://www.counterspace.us> 11 January 2023.

Typography > Typography Timeline or Typography Structure.

Identifont. n.d. <http://www.identifont.com/> 11 January 2023.

Format and style guidelines. 2022. Graduate Studies <https://grad.mnsu.edu/capstones/formatting-and-style-guidelines/> 11 January 2023.

Hamilton, Ruth. 26 May 2022. 36 perfect font pairings. Creative Bloq <https://www.creativebloq.com/typography/20-perfect-type-pairings-3132120> 11 January 2023.

Joyner, James. 25 October 2010. Merle Haggard and the gay serial comma. Outside the Beltway <http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/merle-haggard-and-the-gay-serial-comma/> 11 January 2023.

Kellogg, Carolyn. 30 June 2011. Goodbye, Oxford comma? Hello, Shatner comma! Los Angeles Times <http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/06/goodbye-oxford-comma-hello-shatner-comma.html> 11 January 2023.

Learn: Anatomy of a typeface. 2023. Typedia <http://typedia.com/learn/only/anatomy-of-a-typeface/> 11 January 2023.

In-class work

Typography email (5 points)
Typeface combinations (10 points)


Sentence combining exercise (Coordination.docx) on coordination (10 points)

Week #3: January 25  

Marking copy, style guides, and style sheets

TE, Chapter 12, "Copyediting: Principles and Procedures," 281–320

CMOS, Chapter 2, "Manuscript preparation, manuscript editing, and proofreading," sections 2.1-96
SSF, Chapter 31, "Typography and Manuscript Preparation," section 31.3

Brand standards. 2022. Minnesota State University, Mankato <https://mankato.mnsu.edu/brand-standards/> 11 January 2023.

Document style sheets: print vs. stylesheet


Adhya, Esha. 2015. Key elements of an effective style guide in the new age. Technical Communication 62 (3): 183-192.

Bright, Mark. 2005. Creating, implementing, and maintaining corporate style guides in an age of technology. Technical Communication 52 (1): 42-51.

Buehler, Mary Fran. 2003. Situational editing: A rhetorical approach for the technical editor." Technical Communication 50 (4): 458-464.

Crognale, Heather. 2008. Long-distance editing: Tips for editors on managing the editor/writer relationship. Intercom 55 (7): 17-19.

Corbin, Michelle, Pat Moell, and Mike Boyd. 2002. Technical editing as quality assurance: Adding value to content. Technical Communication 49 (3): 286-300.

Donovan, Stephan. 2009. Putting editors to trouble (or people of that sort). Journal of Scholarly Publishing 41 (1): 103-109.

Eaton, Angela, Pamela Brewer, Cynthia Portewig, and Cynthia Davidson. 2008. Examining editing in the workplace from the author's point of view: Results of an online survey. Technical Communication 55 (2): 111-139.

Eaton, Angela, Pamela Brewer, Cynthia Portewig, and Cynthia Davidson. 2008. Comparing cultural perceptions of editing from the author's point of view. Technical Communication 55 (2): 140-166.

Hart, Geoff. 2000. The style guide is dead: Long live the dynamic style guide. Intercom 47 (3): 12-17.

Lanier, Clinton. 2004. Electronic editing and the author. Technical Communication 51 (4): 526-536.
[Roland N.]

Lanier, Clinton R. "Concepts in Technical Editing Technologies: What’s Important in Practice?." In Editing in the modern classroom, pp. 128-145. Routledge, 2019.

Web resources—Copyediting marks

A guide to copyediting marks. June 2013. NY Book Editors <http://nybookeditors.com/2013/06/copyediting-marks/> 11 January 2023.

Copyeditor's marks. n.d. Wiley <http://www.wiley.com/legacy/authors/guidelines/stmguides/4-fig1.htm> 11 January 2023.

Web resources—Style guides

Apple style guide. October 2022. Apple <http://help.apple.com/applestyleguide/> 11 January 2023.

EPA: Communication product standards. January 2009. Environmental Protection Agency <https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/stylebook.pdf"> 11 January 2023.

How to teach yourself AMA style. 28 July 2015. KOK Edit Blog: Katharine O'Moore-Klopf <http://editor-mom.blogspot.com/2015/07/how-to-teach-yourself-ama-style.html> 11 January 2023.

IEEE editorial style manual for authors. 10 July 2019. IEEE Periodicals <http://ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/wp-content/uploads/IEEE_Style_Manual.pdf> 11 January 2023.

The IEEE Author Center includes information about publishing with IEEE journals, conferences, magazines, and books.

Google developer documentation style guide. 9  May 2022. Google <https://developers.google.com/style/> 11 January 2023.

Localization style guides. 2023. Microsoft <https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/language/styleguides> 11 January 2023.

Microsoft writing style guide. 24 June 2022. Microsoft <https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/style-guide/welcome/> 11 January 2023.

NHI style and standards guide: Version 1.0. April 2009. National Highway Institute <https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/Resources/docs/nhi_style_standards_guide_v_1_04_2009.pdf> 11 January 2023.

Stribley, Mary. n.d. Branding and corporate identity: 50 meticulous style guides every startup should see before launching. Canva <https://designschool.canva.com/blog/50-meticulous-style-guides-every-startup-see-launching/> 11 January 2023.

Style guide. 4 January 2023. Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Style_guide> 11 January 2022.

Wikipedia: Manual of style. 11 January 2023. Wikepedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style> 11 January 2023.

Web resources—Style sheets

Brenner, Erin. 11 August 2022. Crafting usable style sheets. RightTouch Editing <https://www.righttouchediting.com/2022/08/11/crafting-usable-style-sheets/> 11 January 2023.

Style sheet: A conversation with my copyeditor. 7 February 2014. MM: The Millions <http://www.themillions.com/2014/02/style-sheet-a-conversation-with-my-copyeditor.html> 11 January 2023.

Web resources—Styles and templates

Journal instructions for authors. December 2022. SAE <https://www.sae.org/binaries/content/assets/cm/content/publications/journals/resources/ifasfinal.pdf> 11 January 2023.

Submitting articles to ACM journals. 15 January 2021. ACM <https://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions> 11 January 2023.

In-class work

Style sheet for the MSU MavPages: MavDISK, MavMAIL, MavPRINT, MavAPPS, and MavAccount Definitions. (15 points) collaborative


Sentence combining: Series coordination (Series.docx) collaborative exercise (10 points)
Typography (LittleMen_castoff.docx) individual exercise (10 points)
Copyediting marks (Copyediting_marks_ex1.pdf) individual exercise (10 points)
Optional styles (Styles_intro.docx) individual exercise (15 points)

Week #4: February 1

Digital markup and copyediting for grammar

TE, Chapter 13, "Copyediting for Grammar: Verbs," 321–370
TE, Chapter 14, "Copyediting for Grammar: Subject-Verb Agreement," 371–392

Ancillary reading

CMOS, Chapter 5, "Grammar and Usage"

CMOS 16th ed., Appendix A: "Production and Digital Technology," A.6-15
CMOS 17th ed., Chapter 1: “Books and Journals,” 1.117-125
CMOS 17th ed., Chapter 2: “Manuscript Preparation, Editing, and Proofreading,” 2.81-83


Albers, Michael. 2000. The technical editor and document databases: What the future may hold. Technical Communication Quarterly 9 (2): 191-206.

Applen, J. 2002. Technical communication, knowledge management, and XML. Technical Communication 49 (3): 301-313.

Boettger, R. K. 2016. Using corpus-based instruction to explore writing variation across the disciplines: A case history in a graduate-level technical editing course. Across the Disciplines  13 (1) <https://wac.colostate.edu/atd/articles/boettger2016.cfm> 9 January 2020.

Dayton, David. 2004. Electronic editing in technical communication: The compelling logics of local contexts. Technical Communication 51 (1): 86-101.

Dishaw, Mark, Michael A. Eierman, Jakob H. Iverson, and George C. Philip. 2011. Wiki or word? Evaluating tools for collaborative writing and editing. Journal of Information Systems Education 22 (1): 43-54.

Fredborg, Lene. 2022. Track changes in Word – How it works. DocTools <https://wordaddins.com/support/track-changes-in-word/> 7 February 2022.

Glick, Heidi. 2010. Green & on screen: Benefits of the onscreen editing method. Intercom. 57 (4): 6-10.

Hargrave, Jocelyn Elizabeth. 2014. Paperless mark-up: Editing educational texts in a digital environment. Publishing Research Quarterly 30 (2): 212-222. DOI 10.1007/s12109-014-9360-9

Malone, Edward, and Elizabeth Roberson. 2021. the mandative subjunctive in technical writing, or the gap between subconscious and conscious grammatical knowledge. Technical Communication 68 (2): 61-86.  

Web resources

Adrienne (scieditor). 8 September 2020. Edit faster! Triage for the eight-minute editor. Right Angels and Polo Bears <https://blog.catchthesun.net/2020/09/edit-faster-triage-for-the-eight-minute-editor/> 28 January 2021.

Cheung, Iva. n.d. House style and the zombie apocalypse: How a poorly thought-out style guide can cost you. Iva Cheung <https://www.ivacheung.com/2014/05/house-style-and-the-zombie-apocalypse-how-a-poorly-thought-out-style-guide-can-cost-you/> 28 January 2021.

Keuneman, Wendell. 2020. Collaborative editing in Confluence 6.0 will change the way your team works. Atlassian Blog <https://www.atlassian.com/blog/confluence/collaborative-editing-confluence-6-0> 28 January 2021.

In-class work



Sentence combining collaborative exercise on correlatives (10 points)
Copyediting marks (TE_C12ex2.docx) individual exercise (10 points)
Copymarking (Copymarking_AR.pdf) individual exercise using Adobe Acrobat Reader (10 points)

Week #5: February 8

Copyediting continued

TE, Chapter 15, "Copyediting for Grammar: Nouns," 393–416
TE, Chapter 16, "Copyediting for Grammar: Pronouns,"417–442

Ancillary reading

CMOS, Chapter 7, "Spelling. Distinctive Treatment of Words, and Compounds"
CMOS, Chapter 8, "Names, Terms, and Titles of Works"
CMOS, Chapter 11, "Languages Other than English"
SSF, Chapter 6, "Spelling, Word Formation and Division, Plurals, and Possessives"
SSF, Chapter 8, "Names and Personal Designations"
SSF, Chapter 9, "Capitalization"


Bottger, Ryan. 2011. Examining error in the technical communication editing test. In Proceedings of the 2011 Technical Communication Summit, 142-147. Fairfax, VA: Society for Technical Communication.

Boettger, Ryan. 2012. Types of errors used in medical editing tests. American Medical Writers Association Journal, 27 (3): 99-105.

Boettger, Ryan. 2014. The technical communication editing test: Three studies on this assessment type. Technical Communication 61 (4): 215-231.

Boettger, Ryan K., and Stefanie Wulff. 2014. The naked truth about the naked this: Investigating grammatical prescriptivism in technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly 23 (2): 115-140.

Brandenburg, Laura C. 2015. Testing the recognition and perception of errors in context. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 78 (1): 74-93.

Clem, Sam, and Ryan Cheek. 2022. Unjust revisions: A social justice framework for technical editing. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 65 (1): 135-150.

Connatser, Bradford. 2004. Reconsidering some prescriptive rules of grammar and composition. Technical Communication 51 (2): 264-275.

Isakson, Carol, and Jan Spyridakis. 1999. The influence of semantics and syntax on what readers remember. Technical Communication 46 (3): 366-381.

Lunsford, Andrea, and Karen Lunsford. 2008. "Mistakes are a fact of life": A national comparative study. College Composition and Communication 59 (4): 781-806.

Manning, Alan. 2002. The grammar instinct. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 45 (2): 133-137.

Tops, W., M. Callens, E. Van Cauwenberghe, J. Adriaens, and M. Brysbaert. 2013. Beyond spelling: The writing skills of students with dyslexia in higher education. Reading and Writing 26 (5): 705-720.

Wolfe, Joanna, Nisha Shanmugaraj, and Jaclyn Sipe. 2016. Grammatical versus pragmatic error: Employer perceptions of nonnative and native English speakersBusiness and Professional Communication Quarterly 79 (4): 397-415.

Web resources

Curzan, Anne. 22 March 2017. The fun of it. Chronicle of Higher Education <http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/03/22/the-fun-of-it/> 9 February 2022.

Grammar Girl. 2021. Quick and Dirty Tips <http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl> 28 January 2021.

Guidelines for writing about people with disabilities. February 2022. ADA National Network <https://adata.org/factsheet/ADANN-writing> 9 February 2022.

McIntyre, John. 23 March 2016. Let the trumpet sound: A new edition of Garner on Usage is published. The Baltimore Sun <http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/language-blog/bal-let-the-trumpet-sound-a-new-edition-of-garner-on-usage-is-published-20160323-story.html> 9 February 2022.

McIntyre, John. 6 Janaury 2015. Everyone goes their own way. Baltimore Sun <http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/language-blog/bal-everyone-goes-their-own-way-20150106-story.html> 9 February 2022.

McWhorter, John. February 2013. Txtng is killing language. TED2013 <http://www.ted.com/talks/john_mcwhorter_txtng_is_killing_language_jk> 9 February 2022.

New questions and answers. n.d.. The Chicago Manual of Style Online <http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.html> 9 February 2022.

Purdue Online Writing Lab. 2020. Purdue <https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/> 9 February 2022.

Wyatt, Allen. n.d. AutoCorrect. WordTips <http://word.tips.net/C0061_AutoCorrect.html> 9 February 2022.

In-class work



Sentence combining exercise on subordination (10 points) collaborative
Copyediting using track changes (TE_C13ex2-5.docx) individual exercises (20 points)
Quiz on grammar and spelling (20 points)

Week #6: February 15


TE, Chapter 17, "Copyediting for Punctuation," 443–471

Ancillary reading

CMOS, Chapter 6, "Punctuation"
CMOS, Chapter 10, "Abbreviations"
SSF, Chapter 4, "Alphabets, Symbols, and Signs"
SSF, Chapter 5, "Punctuation and Related Marks"
SSF, Chapter 11, "Abbreviations"


Markel, Mike, Monica Vaccaro, and Thomas Hewett. 1992. Effects of paragraph length on attitudes toward technical writing. Technical Communication 39 (3): 454-456.

Zhou, Lina, and Dongsong Zhang. 2005. A heuristic approach to establishing punctuation conventions in instant messaging. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 48 (4): 391-400.

Web resources

Calhoun, Adam. 15 February 2016. Punctuation in novels. Medium <https://medium.com/@neuroecology/punctuation-in-novels-8f316d542ec4#.eextugxm7> 9 February 2022.

Hacker writing style. 1996. The Jargon File <http://www.jargon.net/jargonfile/h/HackerWritingStyle.html> 9 February 2022.

Houston, Keith. 27 October 2014. 5 punctuation marks that look nothing like they used to. Huffington Post <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keith-houston-/post_8467_b_5989482.html?utm_hp_ref=books&hootPostID=d9494a5577896e891439649139db1eed> 9 February 2022.

Fact Checks > Language > No price too high. 15 February 2010. Snopes <http://www.snopes.com/language/mistakes/noprice.asp> 9 February 2022.

Norris, Mary. February 2016. The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker's comma queen. TED2016 <http://www.ted.com/talks/mary_norris_the_nit_picking_glory_of_the_new_yorker_s_comma_queen> 9 February 2022.

Specktor, Brandon. 20 September 2019. RD.COM > Knowledge > Grammar & Spelling: 12 little-known punctuation marks everyone should start using immediately. Reader's Digest <https://www.rd.com/culture/punctuation-marks/> 9 February 2022.

In-class work

Punctuation exercise (10 points)
Copyediting exercise (15 points)


Sentence combining (Relative.docx) collaborative exercise on relative clauses (10 points)
Copyediting sentences (TE_C14ex1-6.docx) individual exercise (15 points)
Copyediting punctuation (TE_C17ex5.docx) individual exercise (15 points)
Optional copyediting (CE_Styles_intro_mod_AR.pdf) individual exercise; print and mark (15 points)

Week #7: February 22

Manuscript preparation

Authors. 2022. Society of Automotive Engineers <https://www.sae.org/participate/volunteer/author> 5 October 2022.

Click Event Paper Process; then under 'Templates" click MSWord 2007 to download a Word document template, and click Style Guide for the full version of the SAE International Technical Paper Style Guide (Version: 3.9-October, 2016).

IEEE author education resources. 2021. IEEE <https://journals.ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/become-an-ieee-journal-author/author-education-resources/> 5 October 2022.

Examine IEEE article templates.

Submitting articles to ACM journals. 15 January 2021. Association for Computing Machinery <https://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions> 5 October 2022.

Examine the instructions and template for submitting documents using MS Word. Note the use of styles.

APA publishing resources. 2022. American Psychological Association <http://www.apa.org/pubs/authors/> 5 October 2022.

JAMA: Manuscript submission instructions. 2022. Journal of the American Medical Association <http://manuscripts.jama.com/cgi-bin/main.plex?form_type=display_auth_instructions> 5 October 2022.

Special Publicaton 811: The NIST guide for the use of the international system of units. 4 March 2020. NIST <https://www.nist.gov/pml/special-publication-811> 5 October 2022.


CMOS, Chapter 3, "Illustrations and Tables," 3.47-88
CMOS, Chapter 9, "Numbers"
CMOS, Chapter 12, "Mathematics in Type"

Ancillary reading

SSF, Chapter 12, "Numbers, Units, Mathematical Expressions, and Statistics"
SSF, Chapter 13, "Time, Dates, and Age Measurements"
SSF, Chapter 14, "Geographic Designations"
SSF, Chapter 30, "Accessories to Text: Tables, Figures, and Indexes," section 30.1


Hanna, Jim. 1993. Writer worksheets: Design for Staff (Part I). Technical Communication 40 (1): 135-145.

Lee, Michael. 2014. The effects of alternate-line shading on visual search in grid-based graphic designs. UKnowledge: Theses and Dissertations--Psychology, Paper 51 <http://uknowledge.uky.edu/psychology_etds/51/> 5 October 2022.

Wainer, Howard. 1997. Improving tabular displays, with NAEP tables as examples and inspirations. Journal of Educational and Behaviorial Statistics 22 (1): 1-30.

Web resources—Authors and editors

Kidder Tracy, and Richard Todd. 2013. Good prose: The art of nonfiction. New York: Random House.

See Chapter 8: "Being Edited and Editing," 136-173, and "Notes on usage," 175-183.

Macleod, Corina, and Carla Douglas. 9 December 2015. Author-editor collaboration: The good, the bad, and the ugly. The Book Designer <http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2015/12/author-editor-collaboration-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/> 5 October 2022.

Willis, Michael. 3 February 2022. Free format: What do editors think about it? Wiley <https://www.wiley.com/network/archive/free-format-what-do-editors-think-about-it> 5 October 2022.

In-class work

Table CE exercise #1 (5 points)


Sentence combining (Appositives.docx) collaborative exercise (10 points)
Copyediting using track changes (CE_TaskForceSummary.docx) individual exercise (10 points)
Punctuation (Quiz_punctuation_abbrev_CMS17.docx) quiz (15 points)

Optional exercise: Copyediting using track changes (TE_C13ex2-5_d2.docx) individual exercise (20 points)

Week #8: March 1


CMOS, Chapter 13, "Quotations and Dialogue"
CMOS, Chapter 14, "Documentation I: Notes and Bibliography"
CMOS, Chapter 15, "Documentation II: Author-Date References"
SSF, Chapter 10, "Type Styles, Excerpts, Quotations, and Ellipses"
SSF, Chapter 29, "References"

Copyright, fair use, and legal issues

CMOS, Chapter 4, "Rights, Permissions, and Copyright Administration"
SSF, Chapter 3, "The Basics of Copyright"

Hunziker, Ray. 2017. Avoiding predatory publishers in the post-Beall world: Tips for writers and editors. AMWA Journal 32 (3): 113-115.


Amare, Nicole, and Alan Manning. 2009. Examining editor-author ethics: Real-world scenarios from interviews with three journal editors. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 39 (3): 285-303.

Diaz, Charlsye. 2007. The technical writer's role in preserving intellectual property rights outside the United States. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 50 (2): 121-129.

Lipus, Teresa. 2006. International consumer protection: Writing adequate instructions for global audiences. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 36 (1): 75-91.

McCord, Elizabeth. 1992. Multiple drafts and legal liability: A hazard for professional writers. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 35 (3): 138-142.

Smith, Howard T., and Henrietta Nickels Shirk. 1996. The perils of defective documentation. Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 10 (2): 187-202.

Todd, Jeff. 2014. Avoiding litigation for product instructions and warnings. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 44 (4): 401-421.

Websites or documents

Americaneditor. 22 May 2013. Business of editing: Liability insurance—Nyet. An American Editor <http://americaneditor.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/business-of-editing-liability-insurance-nyet/> 1 March 2022.

Fact Sheets. 2022. International Trademark Association <http://www.inta.org/TrademarkBasics/FactSheets/Pages/FactSheets.aspx> 1 March 2022.

Microsoft trademark and brand guidelines. 2022. Microsoft   <https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/trademarks> 1 March 2022.

Strauss, Victoria. 22 February 2019. Publishing contract red flag: When a publisher claims copyright on edits. Writer Beware <https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2019/02/publishing-contract-red-flag-claiming.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+AtLastWriterBewareBlogsAcCrispinAndVictoriaStraussRevealAll+(Writer+Beware%C2%AE:+The+Blog> 1 March 2022.

Trademark. 7 February 2022. Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark> 1 March 2022.

Trademark basics. 8 February 2022. United States Patent and Trademark Office <http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/trademark-basics> 1 March 2022.

Trademark use guidelines: 2013. 14 November 2013. Dow Chemical Company <http://storage.dow.com.edgesuite.net/dow.com/company/corpid/DowTrdmrkGdlns2013_14-11-13.pdf> 1 March 2022.

Trademarks FAQs. 14 January 2022. United States Patent and Trademark Office <http://www.uspto.gov/faq/trademarks.jsp#_Toc275426672> 1 March 2022.

USGBC trademark policy and branding guidelines. 20 August 2021. US Green Building Council <http://www.usgbc.org/resources/usgbc-trademark-policy-and-branding-guidelines> 1 March 2022.

O'Grady, Cathleen. 25 June 2021. When is 'self-plagiarism' OK? New guidelines offer researchers rules for recycling text. Science <https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/when-self-plagiarism-ok-new-guidelines-offer-researchers-rules-recycling-text> 1 March 2022.

Provides a link to the Text Recycling Project, which provides resources for researchers, editors, and students. The cite includes two documents specifically for editors: Understanding Text Recycling in Research Writing: A Guide for Editors and TRRP White Paper: Text Recycling in Research Writing: U.S. Copyright Law and Fair Use.   

In-class work

Table exercise 2 (5 points)
Table exercise 3 (5 points)
Documentation exercise (10 points)
Quotations exercise (15 points)
Comments exercise (10 points)


Sentence combining (Absolutes.docx) collaborative exercise on participles and absolutes (10 points)
Quiz: Tables and numbers (10 points)
Equations (Equations.docx) individual exercise (15 points): required for Eng 475; optional for Eng 575

Optional alternate exercise: Copyediting using track changes (TE_C14ex1-6_d2.docx) individual exercise

Optional exercise: Punctuation map (pmap.xlsx) individual exercise (10 points)

Week #9: March 8

Spring break (March 6-10)—class does not meet.

Week #10: March 15


TE, Chapter 18, "Proofreading," 472–496
CMOS, Chapter 2, "Manuscript Preparation, Manuscript Editing, and Proofreading," sections 2.97-136

Ancillary reading

SSF, Chapter 32, "Proof Correction"

Leddy, Chuck. 8 September 2017. Clients & gigs: On editors, good, bad and otherwise. Freelancers Union <https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2017/09/08/on-editors-good-bad-and-otherwise/> 1 March 2022.

Mackiewicz Jo, and Kathryn Riley. 2003. The technical editor as diplomat: Linguistic strategies for balancing clarity and politeness. Technical Communication 50 (1): 83-94.


Chun-Po, and Feng-Yang Kuo. 2013. A study of how information system professionals comprehend indirect and direct speech acts in project communication. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 56 (3): 226-241.

Cryer, Myles. 2012. Hedging our bets: Using politeness in editorial comments to get results. Intercom 59 (8): 25-26.

Gladwell, Malcolm. 2008. The ethnic theory of plane crashes. In Outliers: The Story of Success, 177-223. New York: Little Brown and Company.
[Hannah H.]

Hamilton, Richard. January 2015. How to be your own best editor. Intercom: 25-27.

Mackiewicz, Jo. 2014. Motivating quality: The impact of amateur editors’ suggestions on user-generated content at epinions.com. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 28 (4): 419-446.

Nobarany, Syavash, and Kellogg S. Booth. 2015. Use of politeness strategies in signed open peer review. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 66 (5): 1048-64.

Murphy, Avon. January 2015. How to work with your editor. Intercom: 21-23.

Schneider, Barbara. 2002. Clarity in context: Rethinking misunderstanding. Technical Communication 49 (2): 210-218.
[Aarron S.]

Web resources

Stockton, Nick. 12 August 2014. What's up with that: why it's so hard to catch your own typos. Wired <http://www.wired.com/2014/08/wuwt-typos/> 1 March 2022.

Thomas, Emma, Phil Wright, and Poppy Green. 24 January 2022. Continuous improvement in publishing: Spotlight on HTML online proofing. Wiley <https://www.wiley.com/network/archive/continuous-improvement-in-publishing-spotlight-on-html-online-proofing> 11 August 2022.

In-class work

Proofreading exercise


Copyediting: Equations (Equations_ex_jdd.docx) exercise (15 points) individual
Copyediting with track changes: 1st 3 sections of the Climate Impacts document (20 points) individual
Proofreading (TE_C18ex7_AR.pdf) exercise (15 points) individual; mark only the first page

Optional Quiz: Documentation (25 points)

Week #11: March 22

Comprehensive editing

TE, Chapter 4, "Editing for Organization," 63–86
TE, Chapter 5, "Editing for Navigation," 87–121

Ancillary reading

CMOS, Chapter 1, "Books and Journals"
SSF, Chapter 1, "Elements of a Scientific Publication"
SSF, Chapter 2, "Publication Policies and Practices"
SSF, Chapter 27, "Journal Style and Format"
SSF, Chapter 28, "Published Media"


Bartell, Alexandra, Laura Schultz, and Jan Spyradakis. 2006. The effect of heading frequency on comprehension of print versus online information. Technical Communication 53 (4): 416-426.
[Lily W.]

Benjamin, Sedona, and Joanna Schreiber. 2021. Updating technical editing models for accessibility and advocacy. In The 39th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication, 26-30. ACM.

Lang, Tom. 2020. The intentional search for meaning: Developing technical editing skills. European Science Editing 46: e53691.

Smith, Jordan. 2020. Using empirical data to inform technical-editing pedagogies. In 2020 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm), 192-194. IEEE.

Web resources


In-class work



Documentation (SSFbib.docx) exercise for 475 only (10 points) individual
Copyediting quotations (Quotations.docx) exercise (15 points) individual
Proofreading: Chapter 18 exercise 7 (20 points) individual
Quiz: Proofreading (10 points)

Week #12: March 29

Comprehensive editing

TE, Chapter 6, "Editing for Completeness," 122–141
TE, Chapter 7, "Editing for Accuracy," 142–159
TE, Chapter 11, "Editing for Reuse," 253–280

Ancillary reading

Faculty of Social Sciences. 2019. Ten common PDFf accessibility errors with solutions. University of Ottawa <https://www.uottawa.ca/respect/sites/www.uottawa.ca.respect/files/fss-fixing-accessibility-errors-in-pdfs.pdf> 22 April 2022.

NWCG guidelines for creating accessible electronic documents. July 2020. National Wildfire Coordinating Group <https://www.nwcg.gov/sites/default/files/publications/nwcg_guideaccessibility.pdf> 22 April 2022.  


Albers, Michael, and John Marsella. 2011. An analysis of student comments in comprehensive editing. Technical Communication 58 (1): 52-67.

Cantella, Julian, and Michelle Corbin. 2012. Embedding the editor: Tips and techniques for editing embedded assistance. Intercom 59 (8): 11-15.

Graves, Michael E., Wayne H. Slater, Duane Roen, Teresa Redd-Boyd, Ann H. Duin, David W. Furniss, and Patricia Hazeltine. 1988. Some characteristics of memorable expository writing: Effects of revisions by writers with different backgrounds. Research in the Teaching of English 22 (3): 242-265.

Hanna, Jim. 1992. Writer worksheets: Rewrite creatively (Part I). Technical Communication 39 (2): 271-282.

Hanna, Jim. 1992. Writer worksheets: Rewrite creatively (Part II). Technical Communication 39 (3): 428-436.

Hogenboom, Alexander, Flavius Frasincar, Franciska de Jong, and Uzay Kaymak. 2015. Using rhetorical structure in sentiment analysis. Communications of the ACM 58 (7): 69-77.

Paul, Richard, and Linda Elder. 2013. The art of close reading (Part One). Foundation for Critical Thinking <http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/the-art-of-close-reading-part-one/509> 5 April 2017.

This article is followed by Parts Two and Three. All are adapted from Richard Paul and Linda Elder's (2014) How to Read a Paragraph: The Art of Close Reading, 2nd ed.

Paul, Richard, and Linda Elder. 2011. The thinker's guide to how to write a paragraph: The art of close reading. Berkley: Foundation for Critical Thinking Press.

Web resources

Toor, Rachel. 3 September 2013. My little bag of tricks. Chronicle of Higher Education <https://www.chronicle.com/article/My-Little-Bag-of-Writing/141309> 26 October 2022.

In-class work



Proofreading: Masterdocs help (20 points) individual; print and mark with standard proofreading marks; and scan and submit as pdf
Fact checking (TE_C07ex6.docx) exercise (15 points); required for Eng 475; optional for Eng 575

Week #13: April 5

Comprehensive editing

TE, Chapter 8, "Editing for Style," 160–192

Plainlanguage.gov. n.d. <https://www.plainlanguage.gov/> 22 March 2018.

Examine the Checklists and handouts , the Articles, and the Writing and reference tools.

Ancillary reading

SSF, Chapter 7, "Prose Style and Word Choice"

Making content usable for people with cognitive and learning disabilities. 29 April 2021. W3C < https://www.w3.org/TR/coga-usable/> 16 August 2022.


Ament, Kurt. 2003. Single sourcing: Building modular documentation. Norwich, NY: William Andrew Publishing.

Bird, Hazel. 12 January 2016. Editing mechanics: Is there such a thing as authorial voice? Wordstitch <https://www.wordstitcheditorial.com/is-there-such-a-thing-as-authorial-voice/> 26 October 2022.

Campbell, Charles. 1992. Engineering style: Striving for efficiency. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 33 (1): 38-45.

Fonseca, David. 2006. How simple is simplified technical English. Intercom 53 (2): 20-22.

Gerritsen, Marinel, Hubert Korzilius, Frank Van Meurs, and Marjolein Oorsprong. 2007. Plain English for a Dutch audience: Comprehension and preference. Technical Communication 54 (3): 319-332.

Hirst, Russell. 2007. Virtues and vices of omission. Technical Communication 54 (3): 308-318.

King, Cynthia. 2012. Reverse outlining: A method for effective revision of document structure. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 55 (3): 254-261.

Lester, Larry. 2006. Simplified technical English: STC should take the lead. Intercom 53 (7): 22-23.

Markowitz, David, and Jeffrey Hancock. 8 November 2015. Linguistic obfuscation in fraudulent science. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 1-11. doi:10.1177/0261927X15614605

Schriver, Karen. 2017. Plain language in the US gains momentum: 1940-2015. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 60 (4): 343-383.

Thomas, Margaret, Gloria Jaffe, J. Peter Kincaid, and Yvette Stees. 1992. Learning to use simplified English: A preliminary study. Technical Communication 39 (1): 69-73.

Thrush, Emily. 2001. Plain English? A study of plain English vocabulary and international audiences. Technical Communication 48 (3): 289-296.

Zhou, S., H. Jeong, and P. A. Green. 2017. How consistent are the best-known readability equations in estimating the readability of design standards? IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 60 (1): 97-111.

Web resources

Carey, Bjorn. 16 November 2015. Stanford researchers uncover patterns in how scientists lie about their data. Stanford News <https://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/november/fraud-science-papers-111615.html> 26 October 2022.

Nuse, Ingrid. 9 January 2016. Who teaches scholars how to write? ScienceNordic <http://sciencenordic.com/who-teaches-scholars-how-write> 26 October 2022.

In-class work




Week #14: April 12


TE, Chapter 9, "Editing Visuals," 193–252

Ancillary reading

CMOS, Chapter 3, "Illustrations and Tables," 3.1-45
SSF, Chapter 30, "Accessories to Text: Tables, Figures, and Indexes," sections 30.2-5


Gregory, Judy. 2004. Writing for the Web versus writing for print: Are they really so different. Technical Communication 51 (2): 276-285.
[Hnubqub V.]

Hoffman, Keith. 2007. Writing and Web 2.0. Intercom 54 (1): 4-7.

Manning, Alan, and Nicole Amare. 2006. Visual-rhetoric ethics: Beyond accuracy and injury. Technical Communication 53 (2): 195-211.

Nielsen, Jakob. 30 September 1997. How users read on the Web. Nielsen Norman Group <http://www.nngroup.com/articles/how-users-read-on-the-web/> 26 October 2022.

Rayl, Rachel. 2015. Implications of Desnoyers' Taxonomy for standardization of data visualization: A study of students' choice and knowledge. Technical Communication 62 (3): 193-208.

Szafir, Danielle Albers. 2018. The good, the bad, and the biased: Five ways visualizations can mislead (and how to fix them). Interactions 25 (4): 26-33.

Seagren, Ronnie, and Laura Gardash. 2012. Talking about an evolution: Improving the user interface. Intercom 59 (8): 16-21.

Tenbrink, Thora, and Annika Maas. 2015. Efficiently connecting textual and visual information in operating instructions. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 58 (4): 346-366.

Web resources on visual abstracts

Ibrahim, Andrew. 12 March 2018. Use of a visual abstract to disseminate research. Sages <https://www.sages.org/video/how-to-make-a-visual-abstract/> 26 October 2022.

Visual abstract: Open source primer. n.d. A Surgeon's Journey through Research & Design <https://www.surgeryredesign.com/resources> 26 October 2022.

The site provides a free download of Use of a VISUAL ABSTRACT to Disseminate Scientific Research, version 4 (January 2018), edited by Andrew Ibrahim.

In-class work




Week #15: April 19


CMOS, Chapter 16, "Indexes"

SSF, Chapter 30, "Accessories to Text: Tables, Figures, and Indexes," section 30.6

Web resources

Callahan, Kevin. 23 July 2015. Indexes in ebooks. EPUBSECRETS <http://epubsecrets.com/indexes-in-ebooks.php> 26 October 2022.

Griffith, Lorne. October 2012. The top 10 indexing errors made by technical writers. Intercom 59 (10): 21-23.

In-class work




Week #16: April 26

Management and production

CMOS, 16th ed., Appendix A: "Production and Digital Technology," A.23-50

Thaler-Carter, Ruth. 13 June 2016. On the basics: So you want to be an editor (or proofreader). An American Editor <https://americaneditor.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/on-the-basics-so-you-want-to-be-an-editor-or-proofreader/> 26 October 2022.

Internationalization, localization, & the web


Albers, Michael. 2000. The technical editor and document databases: What the future may hold. Technical Communication Quarterly 9 (2): 191-206.

Boettger, Ryan. 2014. The technical communication editing test: Three studies on this assessment type. Technical Communication 61 (4): 215-231.

Boettger, Ryan. 2012. Types of errors used in medical editing tests. American Medical Writers Association Journal, 27 (3): 99-105.

Hart, Geoffrey. April 2003. Editing tests for writers. Intercom 50 (4): 12-15.

Lang, Thomas A. 1997. Assessing the productivity and value of a hospital-based editing service. AMWA Journal 12 (1): 6-15.

Lemanski, Steve. 2012. Where technical editing and journalism intersect: Stepping into unknown subject matter. Intercom 59 (8): 28-31.

Lim, Joon Seo, Vanessa Topping, Ji Sung Lee, Keenan D. Bailey, Sung-Han Kim, and Tae Won Kim. 2020. Correction: Effects of providing manuscript editing through a combination of in-house and external editing services in an academic hospital. Plos one 15 (4): e0232642.

Amant, Kirk St. 2019. Editing for international audiences: An overview. In Editing in the Modern Classroom, 146-170. Routledge.

Van Buren, Robert and Mary Fran Buehler. 1980. The levels of edit. 2nd ed. Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Wilde, Elizabeth, Michelle Corbin, Jana Jenkins, and Shannon Rouiller. 2006. Defining a quality system: Nine characteristics of quality and the editing for quality process. Technical Communication 53 (4): 439-446.

Web resources

Adlin, Rich. 27 November 2017. A continuing frustration—The "Going Rate." An American Editor <https://americaneditor.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/a-continuing-frustration-the-going-rate/> 20 April 2022.

Bird, Hazel. 10 February 2015. The seven deadly sins of freelance editors. Wordstitch <https://www.wordstitcheditorial.com/seven-deadly-sins-freelance-editors/> 1 March 2022.

Book packaging. 28 January 2021. Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_packaging> 20 April 2022.

Brenner, Erin. 30 June 2019. 5 ways to break the vicious circle of newbies. ACES <https://aceseditors.org/news/2019/5-ways-to-break-the-vicious-circle-of-newbies> 20 April 2022.

Brenner, Erin. 21 March 2019. Freelance editors, stop discounting your rates. Right Touch Editing <https://www.righttouchediting.com/2019/03/21/freelance-editors-stop-discounting-your-rates/> 20 April 2022.

The first article in a three-part series.

Frank, Will. 19 November 2015. IP-rimer: A basic explanation of intellectual property: Part I: IP-troduction. Medium Corporation <https://medium.com/@scifantasy/ip-rimer-a-basic-explanation-of-intellectual-property-9be6f0ce6711#.az5kcb3c3> 20 April 2022.

Frank has appended the following sections to his IP-rimer: Part II: IP-tensive, Part III: IP-ssues, and Part IV: IP-ternet.

Hart, Geoffrey. 2005. Improving your editing efficieincy: Software skills, soft skills, and survival skills. Copyediting-L <http://www.copyediting-l.info/resources/EditingSurvivalSkills.pdf> 20 April 2022 .

MacIntyre, John. 7 January 2016. 25 enduring truths about editing, a Throwback Thursday feature. The Baltimore Sun <https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/columnists/mcintyre/bal-25-enduring-truths-about-editing-a-throwback-thursday-feature-20160107-story.html> 20 April 2022.

Patricia Audferfeide talks about copyright and fair use. 16 June 2015. CMOS Shop Talk <http://cmosshoptalk.com/2015/06/16/patricia-aufderheide-talks-about-copyright-and-fair-use/> 20 April 2022.

Redmond, Jeanette Fast. 9 May 2018. Pricing models I; or why I don't charge by the hour for copyediting. Fast Editing <http://www.fastediting.biz/thefasteditingeye/2018/5/8/the-hourly-pricing-model-or-why-i-dont-charge-by-the-hour-for-copyediting> 20 April 2022.

This is the first of five articles in a series:
Pricing Models I; or Why I Don't Charge by the Hour for Copyediting
Pricing Models II; or Why a Per-Word Rate Benefits Freelance Copyeditors
Pricing Models III; or Why a Per-Word Rate Benefits Clients
Pricing Models IV; or Why Copyeditors Should Pitch a Flat Fee (and Why Clients Should Accept)
Pricing Models V; in Which I Answer Frequently Asked Questions

Shop talk: "Senior manuscript editor Mary Nell Hoover talks about journal editing. 3 February 2014. Chicago Manual of Style Online <http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/shopTalk/February-2014-Shop-Talk.html> 20 April 2022.

Thaler-Carter, Ruth. 28 February 2018. Networking and etiquette. An American Editor <https://americaneditor.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/on-the-basics-making-the-best-use-of-interaction-with-colleagues/> 20 April 2022.

Tools and presentations

Strong, Amanda, and Nathalie Ross. 22 February 2012. Medical Writing. Slideshare <http://www.slideshare.net/amandastrong/careers-in-medical-writing> 20 April 2022.

Presented at GSAN Career Talks at McGill University.


ACES - The American Copy Editors' Society. 2022 <https://aceseditors.org/> 20 April 2022.

Bay Area Editors' Forum (BAEF). 1997-2022 <http://www.editorsforum.org/> 20 April 2022.

Council of Science Editors. 2022 <http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/> 20 April 2022.

Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). 2022 <http://www.the-efa.org/> 20 April 2022.

Editors Canada (EAC). 2022 <http://www.editors.ca/> 20 April 2022.

International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE). n.d. <https://www.ismte.org/> 20 April 2022.

National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE). n.d. <http://naiwe.com/> 20 April 2022.

Technical Editing SIG. 23 April 2020. STC <http://www.stc-techedit.org/> 20 April 2022.

The Editorium. 2018 <http://www.editorium.com/> 20 April 2022.

In-class work




Week #17: May 3 (final exam week)

Final exam (Eng 475-01) and project presentations (Eng 575-01) on May 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Course evaluation

Last revised 22 March 2023
Roland Nord