Qualifications & Experience

I hold a certificate of distinction for the industry-recognised Basic Proofreading course run by the Publishing Training Centre, London, and a certificate of merit for their Basic Editing course. 


To develop my skills, I continue to train with the Publishing Training Centre and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. 


I have a BSc with first class honours in biochemistry and molecular biology, and worked for twelve years as a biomedical scientist in NHS diagnostic laboratories in various disciplines, including biochemistry, histopathology, molecular pathology and molecular genetics.

‘It was tremendous to find a proofreader with a scientific background. I felt you really grasped the subject matter being discussed making the process so easy. Thank you for a very proficient, professional and timely service I’m delighted with the outcome. I will not hesitate to recommend you to scientific colleagues in the future.’

Louise, healthcare scientist

‘I have worked with Karen on a number of major projects. I have found her to be meticulous, insightful and really efficient. All projects have been delivered on, or before, schedule. I certainly will continue to work with her and would definitely recommend her service to others.’

MK, university lecturer 

Specialist areas I cover include those requiring an understanding of biomedical and medical concepts and terminology, and those relating to matters of healthcare, such as:


  • anatomy

  • biochemistry

  • biomedical sciences

  • biology

  • molecular biology

  • pathology and disease processes

  • physiology

  • public health.

I have worked with various different subject areas, from the sciences, humanities and social sciences, including:


  • botany

  • built environment

  • conservation and the environment

  • economics

  • education

  • energy studies

  • fertility studies

  • health and safety studies

  • healthcare and social care

  • history

  • marketing and branding

  • media studies

  • migration studies

  • nursing and midwifery

  • performing arts

  • politics

  • security studies

  • tourism studies.

I am experienced in copyediting various types of nonfiction and academic texts including those with graphs, figures, tables, notes, citations and references. I have worked with:

  • single author and multi-author nonfiction and academic books for Taylor & Francis, Routledge, CRC Press and Edward Elgar Publishing

  • popular science books with Alpina

  • academic journal articles for academic researchers, research groups and medical communications companies, for publication in journals including Tourism ManagementCambridge Journal of Education, Frontiers in Oncology, Frontiers in Psychology and Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

  • dissertations and PhD theses for students

  • reports, newsletters, and policy and training documents for businesses and other organisations.