Protecting Yourself from Injury While Using a Computer

by Geoff Hartgeoff-Australia-cropped

Editor’s note: This series of articles is taken from Appendix II of Geoff’s book Effective Onscreen Editing, 3rd edition (, which was published in May 2016. Republished for Corrigo with the author’s permission.

The more you use your computer, the greater the risk you’ll encounter a repetitive-stress injury (RSI) such as carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s not because computers are inherently harder on your body than (say) jogging, but rather because the problems are subtler and develop over longer periods. (Unless you jog 8 hours per day.) RSI results from overuse of a body part without giving it time to recover, so it’s also called an overuse injury. Given how much time modern editors spend at the keyboard, overuse is surely a risk. The most common problems fall into three categories, each of which will be discussed in separate blog posts:

  • Aches and pains
  • Hand and arm problems
  • Eye strain

These articles provide the information you’ll need to understand these problems and take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Continue reading

Book Review: Effective Onscreen Editing (3rd edition)

by AElfwine Mischler

correctcoverHart, Geoff. 2016. Effective Onscreen Editing: New Tools for an Old Profession (3rd ed.). Diaskeuasis Publishing, 827 p. (PDF version).


Whether Word has ever tempted you to smash your computer or you just want to do some word processing task more quickly, you need this book.

Geoff Hart published the first edition of Effective Onscreen Editing nearly ten years ago. It was so popular that he wrote a second edition and has now produced a third. Continue reading

Writing Dentistry in Tehran

by Enid RosenstielEnid R

Editor’s note: As sanctions are lifted and Iran forms more ties with Western countries, medical and scientific editors will have opportunities to work with Iranian scholars who are trying to publish in international journals. Elsevier published guidance it had received from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on sanctions laws and publishing.

My husband is an author of a popular dental textbook now in its fifth edition and translated into ten languages, most recently Farsi. Now that he and I are both retired, we have put our efforts into a peer-reviewed journal, he as editor-in-chief and I as a freelance copy editor. I taught English to international students at The Ohio State University for many years.

When he was invited to speak in Tehran, we hesitated, but Continue reading

My First STC Summit: International Standards?

By Alisdair MenziesMenzies_14

What does a first-time attendee seek at an STC summit? The response to such a question is probably as varied as the profiles of the some of the people I met in Anaheim. But I hope they all left as invigorated and with as strong a desire to come back as I did.

I came to Anaheim looking for some renewal: new ideas and techniques to make me a better technical communicator, as well as Continue reading