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Sara Scharf

Toronto, ON
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Editors Toronto (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


Publish more quickly and improve your English! Experienced (>20 yrs) and effective academic editor and researcher, PhD, postdoc in engineering, specializing in academic articles, grant applications, dissertations, tenure applications and related documents. Services include copy editing, substantive editing, peer review, advanced ESL tutoring, French to English translation, and fact-checking. Specialties: life sciences, chemistry, medicine, engineering, history and philosophy of science; my PhD was in the history of information management in botany and I worked for years in medical market research. *I love helping researchers express themselves clearly in English.* Please see for more. Other areas of expertise [keywords]: plants, palaeontology, paleontology, zoology, fish, genetics, biochemistry, biology, systematics, taxonomy, Italian, NSERC, medical devices, knitting, food, cooking, Ph.D., thesis, dissertation, teaching, university, college, intellectual property, IP, computer, technology, communication.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, French to English
  • Translation, other


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Conference materials
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Labels and packaging
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Surveys
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites


  • Animals
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Earth sciences
  • Engineering
  • Europe
  • Finance and taxation
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Handicrafts
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Information technology
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pedagogy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general
  • Society, general
  • Technology
  • Travel and tourism