Enago’s Editors Earn the Coveted BELS Certification – Part I


Enago’s learning & development initiative for its editors helps them successfully obtain the coveted BELS certification

New York, USA: Enago is pleased to announce that several members of its expert editorial team are now “ELS”! An acronym for “Editor in the Life Sciences,” the ELS certification is bestowed by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS), which conducts the exam three times a year in various locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

BELS was officially founded in Maryland in 1991 to provide a much-needed objective measure of editorial skills in the life sciences such as biology and medicine. With the assistance of the members of BELS, a three-hour exam is conducted, which helps evaluate an individual’s proficiency in academic editing. To be eligible, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) and at least two years of experience as a manuscript editor in the life sciences. Those editors who pass the exam get a lifetime certification from BELS.

As part of its learning and development (L&D) initiative for its editors, this year Enago selected some of the members to appear for the BELS certification exam. Enago’s L&D team was constantly involved in the preparation process and independently handled the application process so that its editors could focus on their daily editing work, which, according to BELS, is the “best preparation” for the exam. “Enago has successfully grown into one of the STEM industry’s leading language-solutions providers, due, in no small part, to our robust internal training programs,” said Anupama Kapadia, Senior Manager, Editorial Operations, Enago. We aim at not only preparing our editors for the finer aspects of academic editing but also increasing their awareness of the STEM industry and providing holistic support to their professional growth potential. Through BELS certification, we sought to give our editors an opportunity to be part of a global entity and facilitate the dissemination of standardized knowledge to their editorial peers. Such efforts, along with participation in global conferences like CSE, SSP, and ISMTE, are some of the primary initiatives we have taken in this direction—and we have many more endeavors like these in the pipeline!”

Enago’s newly certified BELS editors include Dr. Krishna Kumar Venkitachalam, Technical Expert; Aditi Prabhu, Assistant Managing Editor; Sudeep Agarwal, Senior Research Editor; and Pranay Parsuram, Senior Quality Analyst.

About Enago

Enago is the flagship brand of Crimson Interactive Inc., an award-winning language solutions company that serves academia and industry through three main entities: Enago (English Editing and Publication Support), Ulatus (Translation), and Voxtab (Transcription). Enago employs one of the market’s largest team of editors (850+) who are proven language and subject-matter experts in more than 1,100 disciplines. To date, the company’s talented pool of specialists has helped more than 81,000 authors share their research in the most impactful journals across the globe. Crimson has a local presence in Japan, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Korea, Brazil, Germany, Russia, India, and the United States.

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