The Journals: Management and Publishing Solutions department (J:MaPS) is beginning a new adventure: exploring the world of blogging! These monthly J:MaPS updates will inform you of the latest news including awards, editorial board changes, and new issue releases. This month features Abby Stryker, our student worker, who is taking on the challenge of learning to copyedit scholarly journals.
Intern Abby Stryker learns the Chicago Manual of Style
As a journalism and English major, I’m pretty thrilled to have a paid internship in my field. Even though I’m only filling for Faith Aberlee while she’s studying abroad in France, the Journals department has invested a lot in me. I’m well versed in Scribe Markup Language (ScML) and my knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style is steadily increasing, and that’s largely due to the copy editing assignment Joel, the J:MaPS Project Supervisor, gave me when the usual copy editor was unavailable.
Native South’s 10th edition was the journal in question. This was my first time copy editing per CMS rather than the Associated Press Stylebook, and was no doubt my largest copy editing project ever. Native South also had its own style, so I was constantly jumping between the article, CMS, the journal’s stylesheet, and previous editions of the journal. The biggest challenge? Citations! Joel walked me through editing the first couple articles and I slowly familiarized myself with Chicago’s substantial section on documentation.
Though copy editing wasn’t exactly what I imagined—I’m now of the opinion that all PhD candidates must pass a class on citations and documentation—I’m happy to report that I had a great experience. Joel was always happy to give me pointers, research obscure legal terms, and help me navigate the sometimes-murky waters of when and where to capitalize what.
I’m grateful that I had a chance to learn how to copy edit in-house at a scholarly press. Not many student workers get the same opportunity. I’ve learned skills that I can easily apply to my work in the future.
Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, Volume 3, Issue 2
Journal of Sports Media, Volume 11, Issue 2
Middle West Review, Volume 3, Issue 2
Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 45, Issues 3 & 4
Studies in American Indian Literatures, Volume 29, Issue 1