Consulting Editor Program

JAFSCD's Consulting Editor Program (CEP) assists new authors or non–native English-speaking authors who have an important contribution to make to the agriculture, food system, and community development literature, but whose manuscript fails to meet JAFSCD editorial criteria or has other weaknesses (e.g., poor writing, structure, logic, nonstandard usage of English). It helps match these authors with editors who can help improve their manuscripts so they are more likely to be approved to be reviewed in the JAFSCD peer-review system and perhaps accepted for publication (depending on the outcome of the blind peer-review process).

Please note that participating in the CEP does not guarantee submission for review; it simply may increase the chance of the manuscript being reviewed. Also note that while JAFSCD and its publisher, the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, facilitate the consulting editor program, they are not directly involved with a CEP contract since doing so would create a conflict of interest.

If you are interested in being added to our list of consulting editors, please contact editor in chief Duncan Hilchey.

If you would like to contact a consulting editor about your draft or completed manuscript, use the contact information below.

How CEP Works

STEP 1. An author who would like editorial assistance directly contacts a consulting editor from the list below. Attach the manuscript to the email and include details such as:

  1. the stage of the manuscript (e.g. early draft, completed draft, etc.);
  2. any specific needs of the paper (e.g., light editing, heavy editing);
  3. compensatory arrangements offered (payment, coauthorship, acknowledgement, or a combination); and
  4. a time frame.

STEP 2. The consulting editor (CE) conducts a quick review of the manuscript and responds promptly to the author with details on what he or she believes the manuscript requires and what compensatory arrangement he or she is willing to accept. If a fee is required, the CE provides a rate per hour and an estimate of the number of hours needed.

STEP 3. The author responds to the CE to confirm the details of the agreement and copies (cc's) Duncan Hilchey (duncan@lysoncenter.org) on the email.

Keys to a Successful CE Arrangement

We have found the following to make for the most successful arrangements:

  • Clear agreement on terms
  • Open dialog and frank disclosure
  • Friendly and supportive interaction
  • Timely responses and brisk process
  • Fair compensation

 


JAFSCD Consulting Editors

Please fill out our brief online form if you are interested in being added to JAFSCD's list of consulting editors. If you are an author looking for the assistance of a consulting editor, review the experience and credentials of these consulting editors and contact the one you feel matches your needs the best.

Sandip Banerjee

Sandip Banerjee would be happy to be associated with the project as a consultant editor. Sandip, from India, has a rich experience in both research and academics. He has a bachelors in agriculture and animal husbandry, masters and PhD in animal breeding and genetics, followed by a course on sustainable agriculture from Wageningen UR, The Netherlands. He has also carried out research with Invermay AgResearch, New Zealand. He has more than 60 research publications to his credit and has been project leader to a couple of international projects. Sandip is presently adviser to 10 MSc. students and is teaching courses pertaining to animal, genetics, animal breeding, livestock production systems, draft animals, and research methods to BSc, MSc and DVM students. He also is associated with commercial livestock farming ventures, organic certification and farming, and contract farming in India with small and marginal farmers. He is concerned about domestic animal diversity and is a regular contributor to FAO, DAD-Net and panel-level discussions. Sandip also is on editorial board of some other reputed journals and is presently reviewing for six international journals. He is presently serving as an expatriate staff with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. Sandip would be happy to assist authors in improving their presentation skills, developing protocols pertaining to developing methodologies, and assisting in analyzing and interpreting data — or with overall project concerns. He can be reached at sansoma2003@yahoo.co.in or sansoma2003@gmail.com.

Mihaela Begea

Mihaela Begea has experience editing scientific writing and has also assisted with public outreach for food safety and food research in Romania. Currently Mihaela works at the Institute of Food Research Bucharest (Romania) as a scientific researcher specializing in fermentation technologies. She is involved in standardization, consumer protection, certification and accreditation activity in Romania, and is an independent expert evaluator for several European research&development programs. Her key qualifications are food science and technologies, food fermentation technologies, food microbiology, operations and equipment for the food industry, quality systems and control, food safety and quality, standardization, project management, and Food Safety and Quality Management (HACCP). She can be reached at mihaela.begea@yahoo.com.

Marci Braun

I would be happy to offer my services as a consulting editor. My background and expertise is in research and statistical analysis in the natural sciences and I currently hold a position as an assistant professor in environmental and biological sciences. I have bachelor's degrees in statistics and natural resources, and a masters and PhD in natural resources from Cornell University. I've worked for 20+ years on research in the natural sciences at an ivy league university and have several dozen publications in peer reviewed journals. Currently, I teach courses on sustainability, conservation, landscape ecology and do research and writing. I've also worked as an editor for a publication press since 2009. I would be happy to help you with light or heavy editing and/or statistical analysis of the data in your papers. Marci can be reached at meixler@AESOP.Rutgers.edu.

Pat Dutt

For nearly 20 years, Patricia Dutt wrote environmental science articles for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She holds a BA and an MS in geology. She is also a successful grant writer and a published fiction writer. Her agriculture knowledge comes from personal experience (she's a vegetable and fruit gardener), and she writes an edible garden and permaculture blog for a local garden center where she works. While working as a science teacher (at the high school and college levels) she found that she enjoyed working with others, and she would be honored to work with you. Fees are negotiable. Pat can be reached at pduttster@gmail.com.

Cathy Rozel Farnworth

Cathy Rozel Farnworth, PhD., is happy to offer her services as a consulting editor to help ensure that your ideas are transmitted effectively. 

Cathy is a social scientist with a strong theoretical and practical background on gender issues in agriculture, value chains, and climate change. As commissioning editor/lead editor of several books, Cathy has worked closely with authors from many countries to finalize their manuscripts. These books include Gender-transformative Approaches to Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SIANI/SEI, 2013), Participatory Plant Breeding (CGIAR-PRGA), and Creating Food Futures: Ethics, Trade & the Environment (Gower). Cathy was a lecturer at the University of Flensburg, Germany, on gender, program management, etc., and guided a number of masters theses to completion while there. She was a global author for the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) on indigenous technical knowledge/gender and she prepared "Module 5, Gender and Agricultural Markets" for the Gender and Agricultural Livelihoods Sourcebook (World Bank). She has also co-authored a number of peer-reviewed papers, most recently on addressing the gender dimensions of adopting climate-smart agricultural practices in India and  Bangladesh, in conservation agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, in aquaculture interventions in Bangladesh, and on livestock in Ethiopia. Her country experience includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Syria, Zambia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Germany, Uganda, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Denmark, as well as two years each in China, Kenya, and Madagascar. She can be reached at cathyfarnworth@hotmail.com. 

Luis Freire

The research phase is a time-consuming and error-prone process that can be alleviated with the right type of editing support. I started this line of work by returning to the Rutgers University English Department as a writing and research tutor. Since that time, my responsibilities have expanded into private mentoring for master level and doctoral level research. I have flexibility with scheduling and will make the editing of drafts a seamless project. Contact: lofreire@english.rutgers.edu

Radhika Johari

Radhika is a Ph.D. candidate in social anthropology with extensive research and professional experience in the field of international development. Her area of expertise is sustainable and equitable natural resource management and its developmental linkages. This has spanned the areas of community forestry, agroforestry, water resources management, cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants for community livelihoods, and other related areas. Apart from her academic background and relevant publications in this field, Radhika has several years of professional consulting and programmatic experience working with internationally reputed organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the International Development Research Center of Canada, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Centre for International Forestry Research on environment and development related issues. This has enriched and grounded her understanding of concepts and programs in this field.

Radhika currently works as a freelance academic editor for several leading editing companies based in Japan, China, and Taiwan. She thus has considerable experience working with non–native English speakers — graduate students as well as established academics — substantively editing and reshaping their documents to meet journals' requirements for publishing. She also helps authors to develop abstracts and cover letters for submission to journals. Her academic editing has covered a wide variety of topics that include agricultural development and policies, land use and land cover change, biodiversity policies and planning, rural and urban planning, economics, and public health policy to mention just a few. She is also currently a consultant editor with the World Agroforestry Centre in Indonesia. Her editing fees are negotiable and she can be contacted at radijo09@gmail.com.

Bethann Garramon Merkle

Bethann Garramon Merkle looks forward to serving as a consulting editor for your project. Bethann is currently an English-as-a-Second-Language instructor and is a trained artist, educator, and project manager. She has a bachelor of arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she focused on sustainable food and agriculture, with supplementary minors in Studio Fine Arts and Wilderness Studies. In brief, Bethann has: 9+ years experience writing and editing articles and publications in a range of topics for a variety of target audiences; 9+ years graphic design and illustration experience; 8+ years education experience (developing education materials, and teaching adults and children about communication, community development, ecology, conservation science, and sustainable life skills); 6+ years experience managing and facilitating community development projects and nonprofit organizations, and associated staff and volunteers; working knowledge of French. Bethann is happy to help with editing, as well as additional communication needs including popular articles, illustration and graphic design for articles and other publications, and education materials development. Price or acknowledgment is negotiable. She can be reached at b.g.merkle (at) gmail.com.

Ken Meter

Ken Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, has 40 years' experience in community capacity-building as an administrator, researcher, journalist, and educator. His pioneering study of the farm and food economy of southeast Minnesota, "Finding Food in Farm Country," helped attract new members to a collaborative of food producers, and led to the creation of a regional investment fund. It also serves as a national model for analyzing rural economics across the U.S. His innovative tool for measuring financial assets in low-income communities, the "Neighborhood Income Statement and Balance Sheet," helped spark development of a Latino Mercado in South Minneapolis and has been adopted by other communities nationally.

In addition to Ken Meter's extensive work in food system assessments, he worked extensively as a journalist covering domestic and international agricultural issues. He has filed first-hand reports from 12 nations outside of the U.S., including in-depth coverage in the Philippines and Japan. He taught journalism at the University of Minnesota, and served as founding co-editor of Common Ground magazine.

He has taught the economic history of U.S. agriculture, as well as journalism, at the University of Minnesota, and microeconomics to midcareer graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School, and managed the grant review panel for USDA Community Food Programs. He also writes occasionally for Successful Farming magazine and Grist. Ken can be reached at kmeter@crcworks.org.

Nicholas Parrott

I am a freelance journalist and independent English language editor, and editor for Ecology and Farming and Farming Matters. I was the lead author of The Real Green Revolution (Greenpeace, 2002) and several well received and highly cited reports and articles on organic farming, regional foods and rural development. I have a degree in Human Ecology and a master's and PhD in Environmental Assessment.

For the past 10 years I have been working as as independent English language editor, helping academics and NGOs "get the best" out of their material. With a multidisciplinary background, I am able to deal with natural and social sciences and the places where the two meet. While most of my clients are non–native English speakers, my service covers more than just proofreading or editing. It also draws on an in-depth understanding of a wide range of sustainability issues, a keen eye for scientific detail, and an ability to help authors to find the right tone for the audience that they want to reach (be it policy makers, academics or the general public).

I also have practical experience in JAFSCD's fields of interest — having worked (usually voluntarily) on organic farms, with distributors, box and CSA schemes, and currently with a community garden project in Brussels, where I am now based. I have previously worked for an author submitting to (and having his paper accepted by) JAFSCD. Details of commissions, clients etc., can be found at www.textualhealing.nl. Contact me at info@textualhealing.nl.

Antonio Roman-Alcalá

Antonio is happy to provide his services as a consulting editor. He is an urban farming activist and academic who completed his degree at University of California, Berkeley, in the "Cultural Prospects For Sustainability." He writes for the Civil Eats blog (civileats.com), has edited and published his own print publications for the past 10 years, and is a documentary filmmaker; more information on his work (including writing samples) can be found at antonioromanalcala.com. Antonio is also fluent in Spanish, and would be happy to help with translation corrections as well. He can also be reached at antidogmatist@gmail.com.

William Swanson (Bill)

Bill has over 30 years of experience in education, scientific research, landscape design, civil engineering, habitat delineation, restoration and management, landscape ecology, agriculture, small business ownership/management, and consultation. In 1982 Bill received his Master of Science in Botany and Plant Ecology from Miami University. For more detailed information visit his  Linkedin profile. He started his career as a museum curator and educator. He gained professional skills in museum management and research of plant and animal collections, pedagogy and curriculum development for classroom and informal educational settings. He moved into landscape and civil engineering design for the next 20 years, first as founder of his own landscape architectural and consulting company, and later working with other civil engineering, landscape architectural and architectural firms. During this time, he also worked toward a Masters in Landscape Architecture to enhance his design and presentation skills.

Since 2009, he has refined his scientific, educational and design skills operating an ecologically sustainable chemical-free produce farm, bakery and native plant nursery. This farm brings all his scientific content, teaching capabilities, agriculture and design skills together. The peri-urban farm has allowed him to reach diverse audiences and present local food production, distribution and land use constraints affecting local farmers and consumers (http://www.valentinehillfarm.com). For the past five years, he has been a peer reviewer for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (http://www.agdevjournal.com). You may contact him at Bill. Pricing is negotiable based on your needs.

Bobby Wengronowitz

Bobby Wengronowitz would be happy to be a consulting editor for your project. Bobby has extensive experience in academic and professional writing. Most recently, he completed his master of arts in the social sciences at the University of Chicago. His bachelor of arts is in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bobby is working on his PhD in Sociology at Boston College, where he examines the social and noneconomic motives for novel community organizational arrangements. Bobby is happy to help with editing as well as methodological, theoretical, or overall project concerns. Price or acknowledgment is negotiable. He can be reached at bobbywego@gmail.com.

Lilian Westlin

I look forward to help you shorten the time between submission and acceptance of your manuscripts by providing writing supervision and/or by editing your scientific manuscripts. I hold a BSc and a Master of Education in chemistry and biology and a PhD in zoology, comprising physiology, endocrinology, functional morphology, pharmacology, and various laboratory techniques. I was active as a researcher for 20 years, publishing 50+ articles and conference proceedings in internationally renowned scientific journals, and I have served as reviewer and editor for various international scientific journals. Apart from three years of pharmaceutical research, my research focused on reproduction in mammals. Although born and raised in Sweden, I am bilingual, having been a permanent resident of South Africa for 11 years, where I was employed as a research scientist and senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria. I also have worked frequently in Congo-Kinshasa, supervising a research project on microlivestock. I am today the owner of Alingo, an enterprise focusing on scientific writing in English. You can find more detailed information about me at LinkedIn or on my website. Prices for supervision and editing are negotiable. You can reach me at alingo@alingo.se.