Cara Jordan: The Future of Academic Editing

31m | Sep 1, 2023

For the editors interested in the inner workings of academia, or for editors already entrenched in the world, this episode of The Editor’s Half Hour is for you! We discuss the realistic side of working with academic clients and the important work they do, in addition to future opportunities for editors, and how generative AI is affecting the academic industry. We also talk about other tips and tools editors need to know, such as using citation managers.

I interviewed seasoned professional, Cara Jordan, Ph.D., who worked as a freelance academic editor before co-founding Flatpage, an editorial agency and publishing house, in 2022. She is an expert copyeditor whose specialty is journal articles and book manuscripts. While her own scholarly specialty is art history, in which she earned a Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center, she has worked on manuscripts across the humanities and social sciences.

As the chief editor at Flatpage, she oversees a team of editors and manages all projects, which has given her oversight into the various types of clients, editorial services, and manuscript genres. She has a certificate in editing from the University of California San Diego—where she currently teaches advanced copyediting—and is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders and a full member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association and ACES: The Society for Editing.

To purchase the book, The Art of Academic Editing, please visit

As discussed in this episode, this book is the first full-length guide to the different types of editorial services and when they happen in the life cycle of a scholarly text. For media inquiries, contact David Hariri (

For more information about Cara Jordan and her company, Flatpage, please use the following links.



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