I have a BSc degree (Maths and Psychology) and am a former Vice-Chair of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI Ireland). I have also served on AFEPI Ireland's membership committee.
I first worked in publishing in 1988, when I was editor of a free newspaper distributed in central Dublin. Previously I had been employed for several years in Dublin City Libraries.
I moved to London in 1989, and worked for a year as an editorial assistant at The Institute of Metals (now The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining), on journals such as Surface Engineering, Powder Metallurgy and British Corrosion Journal. I learned a lot there from my colleagues Mark Hull and Mary Chim.
I spent a further year as a production editor at Thomas Telford (the publishing arm of The Institution of Civil Engineers), where I was responsible for producing books (e.g. 100 Years of the Forth Bridge, The New Engineering Contract, Orbital Motorways) as well as journals (Magazine of Concrete Research, Advances in Cement Research, Steel Construction Today).
I returned to Dublin in March 1991, and took up a post as production editor at School and College Publishing in Dundrum, where I worked mainly on highly illustrated second-level books in maths, English and technical graphics.
I went freelance at the beginning of 1993, and have remained so ever since. In that time I have worked on hundreds of books and around 1,500 journal papers, for Routledge/Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis group, McGraw-Hill, Elsevier, Addison Wesley Longman, Cambridge University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, University of Arizona Press, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Copernicus Publications, Jessica Kingsley, AA Publishing, The Royal Irish Academy, The Ulster Historical Foundation, The Irish Manuscripts Commission, The Institute of Public Administration, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Climate Change Advisory Council, The Economic and Social Research Institute, The Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials, O'Brien Press, Collins Press, the EU Institute for Security Studies, and many others.
The journals for which I have edited most papers are International Journal of Psychology, Social Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Asian Anthropology, Atherosclerosis, Géotechnique, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Irish Marketing Journal. I have worked on dozens of other journals – mostly medical (see list on right).
In June 2015 I was an invited speaker at the Editors' Association of Canada's 'Editing Goes Global' conference in Toronto. I also spoke at the Editors' Association of Canada conference in Gatineau in 2017.
JOURNALS I HAVE WORKED ON