- Seventeen years’ experience in substantive editing of scientific journal articles (>1000) written by authors for whom English is a second language (ESL); articles have been submitted to more than 140 peer-reviewed journals
- Certified as an Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
- Extensive experience in copyediting scholarly and trade book-length manuscripts (>70) in the sciences and social sciences, as well as how-to handicraft books
- Excellent command of grammar, punctuation, usage, and editorial style
- Extensive knowledge of The ACS Style Guide, Scientific Style and Format, and The Chicago Manual of Style; familiarity with The AMA Manual of Style and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
- Expertise in editing and coding electronic manuscripts in Microsoft Word, creating custom templates, and writing Word macros to automate repetitive tasks
- Experience in editing tables, illustrations, and a wide variety of bibliographic sources, from books and journals to archival material and government publications
- Undergraduate training in chemistry and biochemistry, including two years of undergraduate research; postgraduate training in synthetic organic chemistry
- Molecular biology
- General science
- History of science
- Quilting, knitting and crochet, weaving, soap-making, basketry, and other handicrafts
- Certification: Editor in the Life Sciences, 2011
- Nine editing and proofreading courses, including medical editing, 1989–2002: New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies; Editorial Freelancers Association; and University of California Extension, Berkeley
- M.S., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
Worked on approaches to the synthesis of a potential HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor
- B.S., Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1985
Worked on the synthesis of small-molecule neurotoxins and opioid receptor probes
- Research Scientist, Sandoz Crop Protection Corporation, Palo Alto, Calif., 1989–1991
Worked on the synthesis of novel pesticide candidates
- Research Chemist, Dow Chemical Company, Walnut Creek, Calif., 1987–1989
Worked on synthetic studies directed toward the development of a novel insecticide based on a natural product lead
Jacobson A.R.; Coffin, S.H.; Shearson, C.M.; Sayre L.M. β,β’-Iminodipropionitrile (IDPN) Neurotoxicity: A Mechanistic Hypothesis for Toxic Activation. Mol. Toxicol. 1987, 1, 17–34.
Monaco, S.; Wongmongkolrit, T.; Shearson, C.M.; Patton, A.; Schaetzle, B.; Autilio-Gambetti, L.; Gambetti, P.; Sayre, L.M. Giant Axonopathy Characterized by Intermediate Location of Axonal Enlargements and Acceleration of Neurofilament Transport. Brain Res. 1990, 519, 73–81.
Sayre, L.M.; Shearson, C.M.; Wongmongkolrit, T.; Medori, R.; Gambetti, P. Structural Basis of γ-Diketone Neurotoxicity: Non-Neurotoxicity of 3,3-Dimethyl-2,5-hexanedione, a γ-Diketone Incapable of Pyrrole Formation. Tox. Appl. Pharm. 1986, 84, 36–44.
Shearson, C.M. Approaches to the Synthesis of a Potential Inhibitor of 3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl Coenzyme A Reductase. M.S. Thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 1987.
- Million Mom March (Mercer County, NJ), 2000: Compiled and maintained database of potential donors for the Mercer County chapter, wrote materials, and conducted mailing campaign in preparation for the May 2000 march on Washington DC.
- Cornwall Community Cooperative (Cornwall, NY), 2009–2010: Served on the marketing committee; was responsible for writing and sending of biweekly email marketing blasts; maintained email list; edited and wrote website content.
- Downing Film Center (Newburgh, NY), present: Edit and send membership renewal letters on a weekly basis.
- Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, present: Member of exam development committee.
On behalf of all of the editors, I want to thank you for the excellent and conscientious work that you've done for us over the past three years. From the comments that we receive, we know that the journal's readership has definitely taken notice.
—Cheri Hadley, former managing editor, Journal of Organic Chemistry
Thanks for your excellent revisions (as always) and many pertinent comments to the author.
—Robert Freeman, Editor
Thank you for your extra careful reading of the [author name] manuscript. You raised some valid scientific points which I'm sure will add to the clarity and accuracy of the published work.
—J.A.M., Senior Editor
Again I'm shown the depth of your skills. Much appreciated, Carlotta!
—Stacy Chamness, C&T Publishing
I just wanted to give the copyeditor Carlotta Shearson "mad props," as the kids say. I was too familiar with the book and looked past the omissions in the projects. Carlotta's editing was precise, well thought out, and EXTREMELY helpful.
—Stacy Chamness, C&T Publishing
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