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Patricia Lightfoot, DPhil

Patricia Lightfoot Consulting

221 Fifth Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1S 2N1
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I offer developmental/project editing, structural editing and copy editing of academic journal articles, supplements and books, public policy papers, business communications and educational materials. Topics that I have specialized in include health, medicine, physician leadership and prehistoric archaeology. I write business cases, conference materials, content for blogs and websites, direct messaging, grant applications, newsletters and reports.

My aim is to help clients achieve their publication goals through thoughtful editing and writing. I have 25 years of editorial experience, having started as a freelance editor of academic journal articles and books soon after I completed my DPhil. When I moved to Ottawa, I became an in-house manuscript editor and then managing editor with Canada's foremost medical journal publisher. I have also led the development of continuing education for physicians. This last role gave me the opportunity to commission and manage the publication of a book on physician leadership and to write website content, conference programs, newsletters and other direct communications with members/clients.

In addition, I have done the following professional development:

Core Curriculum Certificate, American Medical Writers Association
Editor in the Life Sciences, Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
Business of Publishing Course, Department of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto

If you are seeking help with a particular project, please give me call. Visit my website for more information


Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Newsletters
  • Reports, other
  • Websites


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine