Edit Content and Maintain Editorial Quality
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This standard is about making the author’s message clear to the reader by editing content and ensuring, to the extent possible, that legal citations are correct and that a balanced viewpoint or point/counterpoint is provided when appropriate.
At the end of this module, the CLE professional will be able to:
- Check that the manuscript is in a format suitable for the production processes being used
- Ensure a consistent editorial style and tone throughout, keeping a balanced interpretation appropriate for the intended audience
- Consistently and correctly apply house style and the individual style of the publication, including typographical, style conventions of content, and templates and style sheets
- Ensure that spelling, punctuation, and grammar are appropriate
- Mark and make the changes to content clearly and consistently in the most efficient manner for the production process to be used
- Ensure that content is accurate, structurally correct, consistent, logical, and correctly cross-referenced and cited, with proper citation format
- Interpret the content and the extent to which references should be checked, and how to do this
- Raise and resolve editorial queries with the author or other appropriate individuals
- Know the benefits and limitations of using editing software platforms, and how and when to use the appropriate platform
- Identify common editorial problems and errors in editing, and how to address them
- Know editing marks and how to apply them
The following learning activities and resources support this module:
- Russell, Linda and Morrison, Diane, et. al (2016). ACLEA Guide to Best Practices in Legal Publishing. Paper presented at ACLEA’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
- Buckley, E. and McGovern (2011). Seven Tips: Editors on Authors. Paper presented at ACLEA’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
- Levitt, C. and Curriden, M. Seven Tips: Authors on Editors. Paper presented at ACLEA’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
- Garner, B. HBR Guide to Better Business Writing (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012).
- Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed. 2011).
- Garner’s Modern American Usage (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed. 2009).
- Garner, B. The Redbook: A Manual of Legal Style (West, 3d ed. 2013).
- Garner, B. Legal Writing in Plain English (Chicago University Press, 2d ed. 2013).
- Garner, B. The Elements of Legal Style (Oxford University Press, 2d ed. 2002).
- Garner, B. Garner on Language and Writing (American Bar Association, 2009).
- Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide) (Carswell, 8th ed. 2014).
- Queen’s Law Journal. Canadian Guide to Legal Style (Carswell, 2014).
- Tjaden, T. Legal Research and Writing (4th ed. 2016).
- Rude, C. and Eaton, A. Technical Editing (Pearson, 5th ed. 2010).
- The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015). See www.legalbluebook.com.
- The Maroonbook – The University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation (2016).
- The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (2016) (www.apstylebook.com).
- ACLEA Pub Kruschke Morrison Smith Publications Problem Solving 2011 San Francisco, Publications Problem Solving PDF (161.64 KB), 2011 Mid-Year (San Francisco)
- ACLEA Pub Morrison Russell Legal Publishing Best Practices 2016 Savannah, Sunday 2: ACLEA's Legal Publishing Best Practices: PDF (243.29 KB), 2016 Mid year (Savannah)
- ACLEA Pub Morrison Russell Slating Publications Best Practices 2017 Nashville, Tuesday-G3-PublicationSIGsBestPractices.pdf PDF (219.57 KB), 2017 Mid year (Nashville)
- ACLEA Pub Selby Woods Managing Content 2012 New Orleans, Managing Content PDF (331.71 KB), 2012 Mid-Year (New Orleans)
Attend conferences/trainings on legal writing, publishing, editing, proofreading, copy editing, and grammar
Read and/or listen to blogs, websites, and podcasts that provide tips and techniques for editors and publishers: