Annual Meeting Report

Short Course for Manuscript Editors


FACULTY: Elizabeth Blake Director of Business Development Inera Inc. Belmont, Massachusetts Stacy Christiansen Managing Editor JAMA Chicago, Illinois  Annette Flanagin Executive Managing Editor JAMA and the JAMA Network Chicago, Illinois Tom Lang Principal Tom Lang Communications and Training International Kirkland, Washington Peter J Olson Senior Copyediting Coordinator Sheridan Journal Services Waterbury, Vermont REPORTER: Marjorie Jean-Baptiste National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Columbus, Ohio Let’s be clear; there was nothing short about the Short course for Manuscript Editors. The five-session, seven-hour course was taught by five faculty members who collectively have decades of industry-related experience. Even still, Peter Olson, the Course Coordinator, stated, “we learn from you,” as he encouraged a group of approximately fifteen attendees to share our experiences and to ask questions throughout the course. The objective of this report is to provide a brief, personal account of the course and, essentially, what I learned from them. Elizabeth Blake’s session, “Microsoft Word Tips for Manuscript Editors,” offered numerous ways anyone who writes or edits can use Microsoft Word more effectively. From document formatting and keyboard shortcuts to how to incorporate custom dictionaries and customize the Word ribbon, the material was all-encompassing. Sure, while many of the tips and tricks of Microsoft Word can be found “buried in the bottom drawer of a file cabinet,” as Blake said, once you find them, you’ll wonder how you ever accomplished anything without them. Never taken a statistics course? Have no worry. Basic mathematical mistakes, incomplete or missing data, and incorrectly reported data, can […]

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