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Publications: Technical reports and proceedings

Scriptoria produces a variety of technical reports for institutions each year. These cover a wide range of subjects, from irrigation and crop and livestock production, to the socioeconomics of nutrition and HIV/AIDS. Our expert consultants work closely with the authors of the reports we receive, to ensure that their meanings are expressed clearly and accurately.

Blue Harvest (UNEP and WorldFish Center, 2010)

Scriptoria’s team were proud to edit, design and lay out “Blue Harvest”, a glossy, 68-page publication which the WorldFish Center wrote in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity, the book focused upon inland fisheries; it underlined their contribution to food production and livelihoods across the world, and discussed how they can be sustainably managed in the future.

Area: Fisheries
Work overview:

Editing
Figure redrawing
Design
Layout

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On the Water Front (SIWI, 2010–present)

Following on from our long history of editing for the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Scriptoria has been entrusted with the delicate job of editing “On The Water Front”, recently renamed “At the Confluence”, since 2010.

This is an annual collection of the most talked about presentations to come out of World Water Week, on subjects ranging from rural toilet technology, to contaminated urban stormwater. Our expertise allows us to polish and standardise the very varied array of texts while leaving the individual voices and messages of diverse authors intact.

Area: Water
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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Technical Focus Papers (GWP, 2012–present)

Global Water Partnership’s (GWP’s) Technical Focus Papers aim to share knowledge and experience on water resources management.

As well as providing technical editing for many of the reports in this series, Scriptoria was also responsible for the original series design. Our brief was to produce a “look” that was attractive but still reflected the highly technical and detailed nature of the reports.

“The Technical Focus Paper has been printed and the design and Paper are superb!” (Senior Communications Officer, GWP)

Area: Water
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting
Design
Layout

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Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting (SCIB, 2006)

The Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics (SCIB) asked us to revise the papers from its third annual meeting in order to produce publishable conference proceedings.

Our writers formulated and applied a style guide in order to ensure that each chapter of the 108 page proceedings was standardised and contained all the information necessary for readers who had not attended the conference.

Area: Biomedical
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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Participatory Market Chain Approach User Guide (CIP, 2006)

This easy-to-read 184-page manual documents the innovative Participatory Market Chain Approach, which aims to improve farmers’ access to lucrative markets to boost their livelihoods and economic security.

Because of its importance for them, the International Potato Centre (CIP) asked Scriptoria to edit, rewrite where necessary, and proofread this guide. This included checking the many cross-references between the text, tips and tools that the author had added to help readers find their way around the guide.

Area: Agricultural
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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Potential for Small-scale Processing & Marketing of Tropical Fruits (ICUC, 2006)

This 24-page report provides information on the feasibility of producing and marketing processed products derived from tropical fruit species in three locations in Sri Lanka. Edited by Scriptoria, the report contains an in-depth analysis of consumer behaviour and the marketability of tropical fruit products.

Area: Agriculture
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting
Design
Layout

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Characterization of Small Ruminant Breeds in West Asia and North Africa (ICARDA, 2005)

Scriptoria worked with a leading ICARDA researcher to edit and rewrite this important multi-volume book.

Written by experts from 10 countries across West Asia, this 468-page work catalogues the region’s sheep and goat breeds and their useful traits. The book will help researchers and decision-makers capitalise on the often-overlooked resources that many of these breeds represent.

Area: Livestock
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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Indigenous Water-Harvesting Systems in West Asia and North Africa (ICARDA, 2004)

Written by non-native English speakers, this 179-page book presents the results of research in nine countries. It aims to make clear to policy-makers the environmental and social benefits of using traditional methods to collect and store water in dry areas.

Scriptoria thoroughly edited this work, to ensure that it conveyed its message clearly to its intended audience. The book was then laid out and printed by ICARDA.

Area: Water, Agriculture
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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Date Palm Development in the GCC Countries of the Arabian Peninsula (ICARDA, 2005)

This 63-page book is just one example of the variety of conference proceedings we edit for institutions each year.

The papers for these proceedings were mostly written by non-native English speakers. We therefore thoroughly edited and copyedited them and clarified any unclear issues with each paper’s author. The entire book was then laid out and printed by ICARDA.

Area: Agriculture
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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Two degrees of separation between hope and despair: A young people’s summary of the United Nations Human Development Report 2007/2008 (UNDP, 2007)

This is a summary, written by young people from around the world, of the United Nations Human Development Report 2007/2008 – Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world.

Scriptoria’s brief was to check the content of the summary for accuracy, and then edit its text, to ensure a high-quality and easy-to-read product; we then proofread the laid-out PDF. Scriptoria also conducted the same quality-assurance review for other youth summaries of the Human Development Report, including one on water.

Area: Climate Change
Work overview:

Editing
Proofreading

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Growing Olives and Other Tree Species in Marginal Dry Environments (ICARDA, 2004)

One of the many books Scriptoria has edited for ICARDA since 2002, this 106-page book considers various ways of improving olive growing in the dry areas.

Scriptoria’s role was to thoroughly edit the text to ensure that its content could be easily understood. The entire work was then checked, laid out and printed by ICARDA.

Area: Agriculture
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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Science and Poverty: An Interdisciplinary Assessment of the Impact of Agricultural Research. (IFPRI, 2004)

Scriptoria’s brief was to write a 10,000-word report which summarised the main messages of a 25,000-word research report.

The report synthesised the lessons learned about the economic, cultural and social factors that aid the uptake of new technologies by the poor. Because it was aimed at researchers from many disciplines, we had to ensure that it was authoritative, but interesting and easy to read.

Area: Agriculture
Work overview:

Editing/rewriting

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