Katharine Ristich, an expert on the Peerwith platform, has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her professional accomplishments in the field of scientific editing. In December 2014, she became a member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, thanks to the recommendations of foreign research fellows from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and is thus entitled to use the “ELS” post nominal in all published works.
Katharine is a BELS Certified Editor for Language Editing and Copyediting. She specializes in Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science, Arts and Humanities, Health and Social Care, Biological Sciences and Art History.
“Helping foreign research fellows at MSK get their findings published in the English language has been among the most rewarding things I have done in my career,” she said. “In truth, most of the researchers I worked with were already reasonably proficient, if not fluent, in written English. All they needed was someone to edit their papers to meet the specifications of their target medical journals. This can be a tedious, time-consuming process even for native English speakers, especially for British English speakers who want to be published in American journals, and vice versa. It’s better to let someone like me deal with it, so the researchers can get back to work!”
Outside of scientific research, she has also made forays into consumer travel writing. Among the articles she wrote for Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine was “Tooth Tourism,” a report on dental clinics in Hungary that cater to foreign tourists who can’t afford dental work in their home countries. (“New Yorkers should stay home,” she adds. “We have two top dental schools at Columbia and NYU, so dental tourism isn’t cost-effective for nearby patients.”) Currently, she is also exploring studies in art history, having completed courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Oxford University.
“Peerwith is a platform for author services, matching academics seeking support for their work with experts who can help with language editing and translation, format and design, consulting, or whatever else academics need. Through Peerwith, experts in author services can collaborate directly with clients and set their own prices and conditions, and build a network of global clients. Moreover, Peerwith allows experts to build a visible profile through client ratings and recommendations.”
Interview with Katharine
1. Hi Katharine, you have recently joined Peerwith as an Expert. What do you see as the benefits of a peer-2-peer platform for researcher services, both as an expert and as a researcher looking to improve their work?
The biggest benefit I can think of is that the platform makes it easier for both parties to verify each other’s credentials and work experience, something that can’t be done when working with the majority of third-party editorial service providers.
2. What’s the most interesting piece of work you’ve ever edited?
It is hard to choose “the most interesting piece of work,” but the papers I edited for researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center were fascinating.
3. Can you tell us something about your customers and your relationship with them, do you often receive requests from researchers you have worked with before?
It varies, given the nature of the researchers’ work schedules, and whether their projects get funded. I became a member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences thanks to the recommendations of researchers, who had the papers I worked on published in journals with relatively high impact factors for their respective categories, so they must have thought I was doing something right!
4. Finally, could you share your three top tips for researchers looking to improve the impact of their work?
First, do a background check on your editor. If the editor is listed in the BELS directory (available at www.bels.org), it’s a sign that the editor has a proven track record of editing manuscripts for at least 2 years, and has passed a proficiency test in English-language scientific editing.
Second, do a background check on your target publication, to ensure that it isn’t a predatory journal. Iowa State University has an excellent guide to identifying potential predators here:
Third, verify the target journal’s impact factor using an independent source like Journal Citation Reports, available through various university libraries and other research institutions.
And finally, we would like to outline why and how researchers can get in touch with you:
Get in touch with Katharine and request her help via her Peerwith expert page: http://peerwith.expert/katharineristichmedicaleditor