Navigating Style Sheets Toward Editorial Excellence

January 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
SD County Health Services Complex
3851 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92110
Free for members; $10 for nonmembers

Paul RICHMONDAfter you’ve landed that prestigious copyediting job, your attention immediately shifts to ensuring you’re prepared with the necessary tools and resources to do excellent editorial work and perpetuate future job opportunities. One of those tools is a style sheet: a collection of decisions made by the copyeditor during editing or directions mandated by the publisher for the copyeditor to follow during editing. Depending on the project, style sheets can be simple and straightforward or complex and technical.

Paul Richmond will present several sheet formats (from old-school to new-techie versions) and describe how many in the industry (as individual freelancers or larger office-based editorial teams) use them.

Topics covered during the program include

  • Who uses style sheets and who owns them
  • Differences between sheets and guides
  • Why are style sheets needed
  • What should appear on a style sheet (and what should not)
  • Popular formats of style sheets
  • Receiving vs building a style sheet
  • Electronic style sheets (HTML) and metadata (XML)

Time permitting, Paul will also take questions related to copyediting as viewed from within publishing and describe how UC San Diego Extension’s Copyediting Certification program prepares individuals to succeed in the industry.

Paul Richmond is a Supplier Development Manager within the Digital Transformation/Supplier Services department of Elsevier Inc. Elsevier is a world-leading publisher and data-analytics company in STM (science, technology, medicine) academia. Based in San Diego, Paul supports operational and editorial performance of the company’s global English language-editing and copyediting vendors. With a background in technical and developmental editing, Paul is also an instructor for and professional adviser to the UC San Diego Extension Copyediting Certification program. He has been instructing since 1999.


  • Maggi

    I think I will never again work with a copyeditor who says, “I don’t need a style sheet.” This program is going to reinforce my plan, I’m sure.

    • admin

      The value of style sheets is often overlooked. We are certain this program will help editors take their use of them to the next level.

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