Rachel P

Valencia, Spain

“Keep it simple.”

Specialist subjects:

Anatomy & Physiology Biological Sciences Environmental Science Genetics Zoology

Education:

BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology

University of Plymouth

2011–2014



MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

Nottingham Trent University

2015–2016



PhD in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology

University of Valencia

2017–Present

Favorite referencing style

Harvard is my favorite because it's the style I've used most often.

Why I became an editor

When I moved to Spain for my PhD, I had to start learning Spanish to communicate with my coworkers. Learning about the differences between the languages, especially in writing styles, led me to think more deeply about why we express ourselves in certain ways. As the only native English speaker in my laboratory, I’m often assigned proofreading work. I love proofreading because I get to help others and potentially learn more about topics I know little about.

Background and experience

As a PhD student, I have proofread several articles for my colleagues and been an official (anonymous) reviewer for one scientific article. I have also written, formatted, and published three of my own.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I love learning in general, and proofreading allows me to read about a range of different topics. I enjoy thinking about the structure of a piece of writing and how to make it flow without changing the author’s style. I'm especially experienced with Harvard and APA referencing styles, as both are often used in scientific journals.

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Favorite book:

The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson are my favorite books.

Hobbies:

I enjoy outdoor activities, including surfing, climbing, and diving. I also love to read fantasy books.

Editing tips:

I like to read the document first to get a feel for the topic before changing anything.

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