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Shelley Jacobs, PhD


With a background in both the visual arts and medical sciences, I have worked as an editor and illustrator—and project manager and cheerleader—on a variety of projects from producing an award-winning, self-published, university-level, medical textbook to developing internationally-recognized, e-learning materials for medical professionals to editing and proofreading children's books and educational materials. 



Ph.D., Medical Sciences (Neuroscience and Behavioural Sciences), 2010 

B.Sc.(Hons), BioPsych, 1999

Certificate in Publishing, Ryerson, 2016 


In-house experience:

Editorial internship, Penguin Random House Canada, 2015

Mills Mentorship Award Recipient: Editorial internship, School Science, Nelson Education, 2015 


Recent clients:

AFMC, Annick Press, Owlkids Books, Division of e-Learning Innovation (McMaster University), Medmastery, Nelson Education


Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking


  • Books, self-published
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Graphical materials
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school


  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general