Anne Downes

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Anne Downes is an experienced professional editor and proofreader with 15 years’ publishing experience. I provide a professional copy-editing and proofreading service for individuals and organisations according to an agreed brief and within the agreed time frame. I hold a BSc (biology) and an MSc (environmental management) and has been trained in copy-editing/proofreading at the Publishing Training Centre in London. I am a member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI) of Ireland.

She provides every one of her clients with a sharp pair of eyes to produce a professional publication they can be proud of, without any of those embarrassing little errors. Her suggested changes always result in a document that is clear, accurate, consistent and coherent. Science editing is a specialty. To date, she has copy-edited/proofread over 500 articles and books.

She has worked in-house for CIAT, an international agricultural research organisation and for Green Ink, a publishing company specialising in science for development. She has been working freelance for the past 7 years. Her specialisms include agriculture, science and social science.

Clients include:

AVRDC – World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan ● CIAT – International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia ● CIFOR – Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia ● CTA – The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU), The Netherlands ● Folens Publishers, Ireland ● Gradireland, Ireland ● Green Ink, UK ● Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg ● Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland● UNICEF, Switzerland ● WorldFish Center, Malaysia ● World Health Organisation, Switzerland ● Zahra Media Group, Ireland

What my clients say:

“Anne is a meticulous and excellent proofreader who provides a first-rate service when called upon. She responded quickly to my initial enquiry and she was very professional. I eagerly recommend her for all proofreading requests and believe her high standards will enhance all literary submissions.”
Captain Stephen Molumphy, Irish Defence Forces

“Anne has worked with gradireland on a number of different projects over many years. Anne is always a pleasure to deal with. Not only is her work extremely accurate and always delivered on time, regardless of the scale of the work involved, Anne is also skilled at following a brief for a project and, where appropriate, feeding in her own ideas to the betterment of the project.”
Mark Mitchell, Director, gradireland, Dublin, Ireland

“Anne is an excellent copy editor and proofreader. She consistently provides high quality work, is punctual, reliable and a great pleasure to work with. She has developed a style guide for us as well as copyediting/proofreading a range of products (reports, working papers, guidelines, briefs etc.). I would have no hesitation in recommending her.”
Florine Lim, Senior Manager, Creative Services and Operations, WorldFish Center, Penang, Malaysia

Anne Downes proofread my doctoral thesis in December 2013. She provided an excellent service. It was clear she was committed to the project from the beginning. I was under a tight deadline and Anne completed the work with dedication, working long hours in a tight time frame to enable me to meet that deadline. Her work was very professional and completed to a high standard. Anne was easy to work with; I would highly recommend her service.
Dr Ciara Bradley, Lecturer, Maynooth University, Ireland

“I knew Anne as the Science Editor for CIAT’s extensive programme across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Anne always brought professionalism and patience to her work and earned the respect and indeed friendship of her colleagues, who increasingly sought out her support.”
Dr Roger Kirkby, Regional Director–Africa, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) (now retired), Cali, Colombia and Kampala, Uganda

“I recommend Anne. She is diligent, professional and delivers quality work on time.”
Clive Henry, CEO at The Blox Zone [http://chenry3.wix.com/bloxzone]


Anne provided a fast and accurate proofreading service. She proofread a large amount of material while meeting a very tight deadline. She was meticulous and used her initiative to solve any problems as they came up. She was also very flexible. Anne was professional and a pleasure to work with.

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