Technology Enabled Solutions for Manuscript Editing
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The need for language editing in manuscripts is increasing as publishers
look at acquiring content globally, often from non-English speaking countries.
At the same time, production cycles are shrinking rapidly as time to market
becomes critical, especially for eBooks. Hiring additional copyeditors is not
an option as budgets are frozen. How can we achieve more with less?
SPi was faced with the same challenge and used technology to develop an
effective solution. SPiCE, SPi’s proprietary application, automates most of the
mechanical, but essential tasks of the editing process. SPICE reduces
processing time, improves consistency across the document, and prepares the
document for higher-level editing. This helps the copyeditor to focus primarily
on language editing.
Some of the editing tasks that SPiCE can automate include:
required metadata from electronic coversheets.
house style for titles, headings, table, citation of figures and tables, en-
and em dashes, changing single quotes to prime marks, etc.
and linking citations, figures, tables, and references.
against external databases.
- Ensuring spelling
consistency (UK vs. US).
common spelling errors.
- Handling abbreviations.
inconsistencies that exist between occurrences of the same term.
XML and validating the same against the specified DTD.
SPiCE offers a fast, cost-effective, offshore copyediting solution to
SPi is a full-service provider of editorial and production solutions to
journal and book publishers. SPi produces over 3 million pages per year for
leading journal and book publishers. For more information, please visit www.spi-global.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SPi Content Solutions has
recently partnered with ECPA to develop solutions that meet the needs of its
members. ECPA members are eligible for annual rebates.