The Society now provides aspiring authors with an additional resource to help prepare manuscripts for any of our publications (Journal of Ethnobiology, Ethnobiology Letters, and Contributions in Ethnobiology). We are proud to be able to provide our authors with sound recommendations for manuscript editing and preparation resources. The individuals listed below have been vetted by the editors of our various publications and are trusted. While the use of manuscript preparation services is not mandatory, using a professional listed below does help expedite the publishing process. Our hand-selected team is familiar with JOE and EBL publication standards, they adhere to the appropriate style guide, and are Society members with a background in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and ethnobiology. Please contact the editors directly for more information regarding consultation, timing, and costs.


Dr. Jaida Samudra is a medical anthropologist with two decades experience editing journal articles and scholarly books in the social sciences. She also leads workshops on writing dissertations and journal articles for peer review. Having studied several Asian languages and taught English to adults in Japan, China, and Indonesia, Jaida is adept at understanding different cultural logics and interpreting the intent of scholars writing in English as their second or third language. She is currently the Managing Editor for Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific. Website:



Travis Freeland is an archaeologist with a passion for clarity in scholarly communication. He is a keen-eyed proofreader and copy editor with experience editing academic journal articles, theses and dissertations, and corporate communications. Travis is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, where he is researching the monumental landscapes of the prehistoric Tongan chiefdom. He is a Student Affiliate of Editors Canada, and is concurrently training to become a certified professional editor. As the communications lead for a heritage-consulting firm, Travis sets and maintains editorial standards for communications with industry and provincial and First Nations governments. You will often hear him extolling the virtues of plain language — writing that prioritizes clear and effective communication and respect for the reader above all else. Contact: trav.freeland (at)



Laurie Durand began editing papers of second language speakers for the Linguistics Department of the University of Hawai‘i; after she got her MA, many of her clients asked her to continue working for them, and she has worked progressively on their dissertations, books, and teaching materials, and subsequently for their students and colleagues. Her clientele now includes both first and second language speakers doing research in a variety of disciplines. Rather than correcting work toward a uniform style, her approach is to show writers the options they have for improving clarity of expression, while at the same time retaining individual voice. Contact: durandl (at)