Oral History journal copy editor (freelance)


Oral History is the journal of the Oral History Society, published twice a year, in Spring and Autumn. Issues are B5 size, approx 132 pages with an average word count of around 85,000 words. The journal designers are Smith+Bell http://www.smithplusbell.com

The role of copy editor involves:
• sub-editing text in Word file prior to design layout stage to ensure consistent use of the journal’s style guide (see attached), checking for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and style and text inconsistencies
• ensuring that illustrations, if provided, are correctly captioned
• checking that authors have provided all required text such as abstract, keywords and contact details etc;
• liaising with individual editors for each issue and with the editorial assistant, by phone and email as appropriate

Word files are sent to the copy editor by the issue editors or ‘minders’ who take responsibility for individual articles, news and reviews sections. Once completed the subbed and amended files are sent to the relevant ‘minder’ for final checking before sending to the designers.

The work for the Autumn issue will be during May and June and for the Autumn issue during November and December with work completed within three weeks following clear fixed scheduling usually six months ahead.

A sample article from a recent issue together with a copy of the final print version will be sent to applicants in order to provide an estimate of how long they would take to complete the work.

For application details, please email:  journals@ohs.org.uk

If invited for interview candidates will be asked to complete a short test, editing a section of an unedited article of the type published in Oral History.

Post Location: Home based
Salary:£28.00 ph (NUJ rate) per anum pro rata

Application Closing Date: 1 April 2019