Annual Meeting Report

Options for Proof Review

Abstract

MODERATOR: Leslie A. Walker Assistant Director, Global Production Operations for ACS Publications American Chemical Society Columbus, Ohio SPEAKERS: Mary O’Hara Assistant Director, Global Production Operations for ACS Publications American Chemical Society Columbus, Ohio Camille Clowery Production Manager Rockefeller University Press New York, New York REPORTER: Vicky Congdon Senior Copyediting Coordinator Sheridan Journal Services Waterbury, Vermont Proof review is one of the key components of the publication process, ensuring the accuracy essential to a successful author experience. Two publishing professionals well versed in the proofing process provided insights into how publishers can best serve an author’s needs at this stage of production. They described how, thanks to advances in technology, their publishing institutions are making the review process more productive, accurate, and efficient via improvements in workflows, use of automated tools, and best practices. A former technical editor herself, Mary O’Hara currently manages a staff of editors as a vital part of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) publishing work. She also draws on her background as a business analyst to contribute to process improvement at ACS. O’Hara summarized the critical importance of the proof review process and its benefits to both author and publisher. Review of the proof is typically the final touch point for authors, allowing them to ensure their research is being conveyed as intended. It is also one of the final points of author-publisher engagement, providing publishers with another opportunity to build a positive relationship and ensure customer satisfaction. From the production standpoint, a publisher’s goals are efficiency, […]

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