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Jennifer Thomas

5 Selwyn Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2K 1N9
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With an MSc in physiology and 24 years of editing experience, I am well equipped to help clients polish their scientific, technical and medical texts. I started my career as a copyeditor at a government organization that published a suite of research journals then moved on to become the managing editor of a major Canadian medical journal. While on staff at that journal I was promoted to the position of deputy editor. I guided authors through the manuscript revision process, providing advice to help them rework their articles to meet the journal's exacting standards.

In 2006 I decided to embark on a freelance editing career. I have helped health organizations and government departments to refine policy documents, correspondence, website materials and conference documents, and I have helped individual researchers to prepare grant applications and to polish and revise their scientific manuscripts through the various stages of the journal submission process. In 2017, the scientific manuscripts I edited were on a variety of topics in clinical medicine, basic medical science, nursing, forestry and fisheries.

I enjoy the variety of editing that comes with a freelance career: I offer services that range from proofreading and line-by-line copyediting to major reworking and rewriting of documents. One day I might be asked to edit a 300-word blog post; the next day I might start editing a multi-author book for an academic publisher.

I look forward to working with new clients to help them produce high-quality texts.


Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Books, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Periodicals, general
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, other
  • Surveys
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Ecology and environment
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine
  • Sciences, general