Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

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Subtleties of Scientific Style fills the gaps left by other style guides and books on editing. This book distils over two decades of experience, explaining subtle but significant errors that authors can make and many subtle tricks that can make a work more readable. Topics include:

And two handy character charts for Macintosh- and Windows-based editors who are tired of hunting around for special characters.

If you like it, please send me US$7 or A$7 by PayPal. To send money, all you need is a PayPal account (set up in a few minutes) and my e-mail address: Please type in your name as the identifier so I know who sent the money.

In addition, you can order the hard copy from me (B5, 112 pages + cover, 275 g) for US$15 or A$15, plus US$10 postage for outside Australia or A$3 for within Australia and NZ. (If you want to order multiple copies, ask me to calculate the postage.) Sorry about the postage charges, but that's the cheapest available from Australia Post.

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Top-quality, fast
freelance scientific editing
by Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens           Tel:     +61 2 9484 5725
42 Dartford Road          Fax:     +61 2 9481 8395 (AEST BH)
Thornleigh NSW            E-mail:
Australia 2120            WWW:


Substantive scientific editing, technical editing, publication design, DTP. Plain English. Naturalising English written by authors from non-English-speaking backgrounds.

Type of material

Scientific papers, conference proceedings, technical reports, annual reports, books.

Subject specialities

Agriculture, horticulture, genetics, ecology, environment, medicine, biological sciences.


Over 25 years as a scientific editor; 2 years at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney; 10 years with NSW Agriculture; freelance since 1995.

Recent clients include:


Subtleties of Scientific Style, 2007.

Volume editor of Spray Oils Beyond 2000 book, published by the University of Western Sydney, 2002.


B.Sc.Agr. (Sydney), M.App.Sci. (UWSH), ELS(D)*.

*ELS(D), or Diplomate Editor in the Life Sciences, is the highest accreditation available for scientific editing. Awarded by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, USA, it is an independent, objective guarantee that the holder meets the highest standards of proficiency in editing. Fewer than 20 people worldwide have ever been awarded this accreditation.

Computer services

Any word processor format (files are returned in MS Word with tracked changes); InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat. All work is done electronically.


Uncomplicated language is essential for clear communication. Properly used, plain English can increase comprehension without reducing meaning.


Available on request.


A$120 an hour + 10% GST (assume 1800 words/hour, slower for poorly written text, faster for well written).

You can e-mail me at or write to me at:

42 Dartford Road
Thornleigh NSW
Australia 2120
Telephone: +61 (0)2 9484 5725
Mobile: +61 (0)407 014 104
Fax: +61 (0)2 9481 8395 (AEST business hours)

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Last updated 24 April 2014