This is not everyone's ideal job, but I would like very much to spend many hours each day identifying and fixing mistakes in working papers and books. However, I am not quite sure how to get paid for it.

Most peer-reviews are done by collegiate professor who also write and publish papers of their own. I don't have a yearning to publish my own papers; I would prefer want to revise and improve others' work. Additionally, I don't have a Ph.D. The highest degree I have is a baccalaureate (It is in mathematics at the very least).

When I took the GRE I was in the 98th percentile for verbal reasoning. This and other indicators seem to show that I might be a good editor. However, I really would like to review papers in mathematics (or closely related fields, such as computer science). Although editing at The New York Times, or fictional novels for Tor Books™ might be someone's dream job, I very much love math.

I am very good with logic (the formal kind), comfortable writing proofs, and unperturbed by mathematical equations which send the general populace feeling in terror. I have no previous job experience as an editor (besides a pitiful stint at my high school newspaper) and I am not sure where to start looking.

A penny for your thoughts?


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  • $\begingroup$ you can try for freelance editor/review jobs.... I dont suggest to continue for very long. It is better to get a higher degree or a permanent job somewhere.. for some time you can try this freelance thing $\endgroup$ – user537667 Dec 26 '18 at 5:09
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    $\begingroup$ Might be better to ask on the academia stackexchange. $\endgroup$ – littleO Dec 26 '18 at 5:15
  • $\begingroup$ Peer review in mathematics is generally unpaid and done by peers: people who are deeply immersed in research of their own and therefore qualified to judge the merits of given articles. Surely publishers still employ some copyeditors for their technical publications, but I imagine these positions are not well paid. $\endgroup$ – Cheerful Parsnip Dec 26 '18 at 5:15
  • $\begingroup$ This question is off-topic here, so I voted to close. Mathematics journals certainly employ copy editors, and this job might be a good fit for you. But as a copy editor your job would be entirely about style, grammar, etc., not mathematical content. Also, I don't know how much copyeditors are paid, or what the required experience is. In any case, journals and publishers would be a natural place to start looking at what jobs are available. $\endgroup$ – Alex Kruckman Dec 26 '18 at 5:28
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexKruckman If the mathematics branch of StackExchange is the wrong place to to ask this question, then which branch of StackExchange is the correct one? I am not being flippant, I genuinely would like to know. $\endgroup$ – IdleCustard Dec 27 '18 at 17:31