Making your content easy to read and simple to understand

Hi, I’m Michael, I specialise in editing content for audiences of all ages, with expertise in science, natural history and the heritage sector.

 

I work with organisations to help them produce engaging text that is clear, factual and concise.

Perfecting your content

Copy-editing

  • Preparing text for publication
  • Correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Editing to word count limits
  • Checking scientific (and other) nomenclature
  • Editing to house style
  • Making your text accurate, clear and concise

Web editing

  • Working with your online content management systems
  • Correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Editing in HTML
  • Checking online formatting to make sure your content looks great
  • Ensuring content is audience appropriate

Proofreading

  • Quality checking of typography, layout and content
  • Ensuring consistency of style
  • Using British Standards Institution (BSI) proof-correction marks
  • Identifying embarrassing mistakes and inconsistencies
  • Scrutinising proofs to ensure your content looks good

Previous work

The Museum of the Home, formerly the Geffrye Museum of the Home, is currently closed and undergoing a major redevelopment. I copy-edited the text and proofread the display panels and object captions for the museum’s reworked galleries, which are due to open in September 2020.

WILD WORLD is the Natural History Museum’s quarterly magazine for children. I have been the publication’s copy editor for more than four years, editing all articles and proofreading all print layouts. In addition, I regularly copy-edit and proofread material for the museum’s quarterly magazine for adults, Evolve.

In 2017 I copy-edited the text and proofread the layouts for the display panels and captions, and visitor information panels for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and touring exhibition. I also worked on previous Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibitions as part of the Natural History Museum’s editorial team.

About

Archelon Editorial is run by Michael Allen.

 

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and an NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) qualified journalist with a science degree. I have expertise in both print and online content production, having worked in the editorial sector for more than 15 years.

 

With extensive experience in science, natural history and the heritage sector, I know how to make complex content easily understood by lay audiences, including children. I have worked with museums on their content in all formats, from exhibition display panels and educational resources for schools to membership magazines and websites, and understand the importance of clear and correct communication.