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Publications: Books, technical guides & manuals

Scriptoria’s Publications department has provided detailed technical edits and rewrites of many different books and guides covering a variety of subject areas over the years. Below are just a few examples.

Trees for Life (World Agroforestry Centre, 2014)

This 170-page coffee table book showcases agroforestry – the practice of growing trees on farms – and explains the impact it can have on ecosystems and communities. Not only was it a fascinating read for our proofreaders, the book was also designed and laid out by the Scriptoria team, and is packed with stunning full-page photos.

Area: Agroforestry
Work overview:

Proofreading
Design
Layout

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Water and the Future of Humanity (Gulbenkian Foundation, 2013)

Scriptoria’s Publications team provided the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation with a detailed technical edit of this authoritative 241-page volume.

The multi-chapter book was written by the world’s leading thinkers on water. It considers the changes that society needs to make in relation to the ways that we access and use water, especially to produce food and energy. The book was published by Springer and is currently a top seller in their water books catalogue.

Area: Water
Work overview:

Technical editing

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Fiscal Space: Policy Options for Financing Human Development (UNDP, 2009)

Written by leading development economists, this ground-breaking 504-page volume addresses the central concerns that policy-makers faced in their long term planning for the Millennium Development Goals in 2009. During production, Scriptoria’s Publications team provided in-depth technical editing and quality control services to ensure consistency, accuracy and readability. The book was published by Earthscan.

Area: Economics
Work overview:

Technical editing
Quality control

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A Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Basins (GWP and INBO, 2009)

Produced to provide guidance for improving the governance of freshwater resources, this handbook focuses on the effective implementation of the integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach in lake, river and aquifer basins.

Scriptoria’s Publications team provided considerable guidance throughout the production of this work. This included meeting with the GWP and INBO team in Paris to advise on its structure and heavily rewriting author submissions to ensure they were clear and easy to read. Once this was done, we edited the whole book from start to finish, created a colourful reader-friendly design, and laid out and proofread the 104-page book. We then translated the book into French and laid out that version. Later, we also laid out the Spanish version.

Area: Water
Work overview:

Consultancy
Rewriting
Editing
Proofreading

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Moving Ahead with REDD (CIFOR, 2008)

Scriptoria’s Publications department has edited many publications for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) over the last 12 years, including this 158-page book.

The multi-author volume, written by experts from around the world, describes the issues and options involved in efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.

Area: Climate
Work overview:

Technical editing

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Fungal Contamination: A Manual for Investigation, Remediation & Control (Bailey Engineering, 2005)

As well as editing all 26 chapters of this 394-page manual and writing its cover piece, Scriptoria’s Publications team worked with its author for nearly a year to ensure that even the most complicated issues were expressed in a way which made them easy to understand. This involved various cycles of rewriting, review and discussion.

The book has been hailed in the USA as “the nation’s premier manual on mold investigation, remediation and control”, and was a hit at the April 2005 Building Service Contractors Association International tradeshow.

Area: Fungal control
Work overview:

Rewriting
Editing
Proofreading

Below-ground Interactions in Tropical Agroecosystems (ICRAF, 2004)

This ground-breaking 464-page book synthesises the findings of recent research on the hidden half of agroecosystems. Its 21 chapters include results and discussions relevant to a range of scales, including the plot, farm and landscape levels.

Because many of the authors of this book were non-native English speakers, Scriptoria’s Publications team worked closely with them to provide detailed rewrites that accurately captured what they wanted to say. The team then edited and copyedited the entire book. The book received excellent reviews when published and is now known as a standard textbook in its field.

Area: Agroforestry
Work overview:

Writing and rewriting
Editing
Proofreading

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Strategic Framework for Underutilized Plant Species Research and Development (ICUC, 2006)

Because the International Centre for Underutilised Crops (ICUC) needed this 40-page document to really stand out and be used, they asked us to edit it and provide them with a really striking design.

While our editors worked to standardise the report’s language and ensure that it was clear throughout, our designers worked to produce arresting artwork that meshed with ICUC’s corporate identity.

Area: Agriculture
Work overview:

Editing
Design
Layout

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The Dynamics of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (PEMSEA, 2006)

Working to very tight deadlines, Scriptoria’s team received considerable praise for the work it did to edit and rewrite this large and important book. Written by Dr Chua Thia-Eng (a leading light in his field) the 468-page, 16-chapter book crystallises over 20 years of experience in developing and applying integrated coastal zone management across East Asia.

“Scriptoria was able to deal with technical details and even counterchecked the accuracy of some of the key information contained in the book. The project was implemented with the utmost professionalism resulting in an excellent product.” (Director, PEMSEA)

Area: Water
Work overview:

Rewriting
Editing

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Neglected No More. Achievements of the IFAD–NUS Project (2001–2005) and Framework for its Follow-up Initiative (2007–2009). (Bioversity International, 2006)

After seeing work we’d undertaken for another client, Bioversity asked Scriptoria’s Publications team to thoroughly edit and design this 20-page report for them.

Having recently rebranded, Bioversity were very pleased with the way our designers adapted their new logo into some striking visual elements throughout the report.

Area: Agriculture
Work overview:

Editing
Design
Layout

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A Lasting Catch (WorldFish Center, 2002)

Scriptoria was asked to revise the text of this 138-page book of stories to highlight the impact of the WorldFish Center’s work for its 25th anniversary. As well as rewriting and editing the text of the book itself, Scriptoria wrote a series of separate summaries to accompany it. These synopses were given pride of place on display boards at the Center’s 25th anniversary celebrations, and appeared in the Center’s Annual Report.

Area: Aquaculture
Work overview:

Rewriting
Editing

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Agriculture in Crisis: People, Commodities and Natural Resources in Indonesia 1996–2000 (CIRAD, 2001)

This detailed 406-page book explains the effects that the economic crisis in Indonesia had on the country’s agricultural sector between 1996 and 2000. Scriptoria’s Publications team edited all 12 chapters, which had been written mainly by non-native English speakers. The topics covered ranged from forest resources to oil palm, rubber and cocoa production. The book was published by Curzon Press.

Area: Agriculture
Work overview:

Rewriting
Editing

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