I am an experienced and professionally trained copy-editor and proofreader, specialising in life sciences and biomedical books and journals.


Having worked for over 35 years as a full-time freelance editor, I have edited a huge range of books and journal articles for most of the major STM publishers. I am happy to tackle major reference works, academic titles or small one-off projects.

I am confident in a wide range of subjects, including biochemistry, immunology, psychology, primary health care, genetics, nursing and biology, at various levels from popular to high-level academic.

My qualifications include a BSc degree in Biochemistry and Marine Biology and EMFEC Certificate in Information Technology. I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

Subjects include


Molecular biology
Proteins and receptors
Developmental biology

Clinical medicine

Clinical rehabilitation

Popular science

Some recent projects

  • Genetic Disorders and the Fetus, 8th edn (Wiley, 2020)

  • Small Animal Dental Procedures (Wiley, 2020)

  • The Liver: Biology and Pathobiology, 6th edn (Wiley, 2019)

  • Warlow's Stroke, 4th edn (Wiley, 2018)

  • Color Atlas of Clinical Hematology (Wiley, 2018)

  • Smith's Textbook of Endourology, 4th edn (Wiley, 2018)

  • Schiff's Diseases of the Liver, 12th edn (Wiley, 2017)

  • Roitt's Essential Immunology, 13th edn (John Wiley & Sons, 2016)

  • Tumors in Domestic Animals (John Wiley & Sons, 2016)

  • Social Work in Health Settings (Routledge, 2015)

  • Biological Sampling in the Deep Sea (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

  • Understanding Happiness (Routledge, 2015)

  • Hallucination-focused Integrative Therapy (Routledge, 2015)

  • Dental Implant Complications, 2nd edn (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

  • Techniques of Grief Therapy (Routledge, 2015)

  • Sexuality in Adolescence (Routledge, 2015)

  • How the Immune System Works, 5th edn (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

  • The Therapist's Notebook for Children and Adolescents (Taylor & Francis, 2015)

  • Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare (Routledge, 2014)

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

  • The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

  • Molecular Exercise Physiology (Routledge, 2013)

  • Clinical Rehabilitation (journal, SAGE, 1995-2013)

  • Diffusion MRI, 2nd edn (Elsevier, 2013)

  • Community Biodiversity Management (Earthscan, 2012)

  • Pharmacy OSCEs (Pharmaceutical Press, 2012)

  • Encyclopedia of Immunology (Wiley-VCH, 2011)

  • Food Processing Handbook (Hodder, 2011)

  • A Textbook of General Practice (Wiley, 2010)

  • Sex, Stress and Reproduction (Academic Press, 1997)

  • A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (Dorling Kindersley, 1996)



"Harriet understood the uniqueness of my book, and what I was trying to accomplish. Her editorial suggestions were focused and extremely helpful. She even pointed out several errors in the science (for which I am grateful!)" - Author



"One thing, would you please pass on my best wishes to the copyeditor and tell him/her that they are forbidden ever to retire, as people with their standard of editing are becoming a dying breed and sorely needed in the publishing industry?" - Professional proofreader



Email me at harrietsj@ntlworld.com or use the form below.


11 Victoria Crescent


Dorset BH12 2JQ

Tel: +44(0)1202 735758


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