Jan Ross, B.ScHons, M.Sc. PGCert.

Location: COLWYN BAY

Membership Grade: Fellow

Contact Info

Phone: 01492 512649
Mobile: 07808 121927
Email: jan@merrall-ross.co.uk

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General Experience

Professional indexing (over 35 years) of medical and biological science textbooks, encyclopaedias and journals. All types of undergraduate and postgraduate titles of any length (from 50 to 14,000-plus pages) indexed.  Available throughout the year.  Extensive experience in indexing high-level, multi-volume text, and electronic titles, or one-off special projects.  Simultaneous indexing of books and online/e-books undertaken.

Awards: Wheatley Medal (for outstanding indexes) winner in 1993, 1997 and 2010, and shortlisted or runner-up in 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2009.

Specialist Experience: Development of NHS Choices ontology (2010).  Was full member of EU Network of Excellence on Semantic Mining (2004-2007), with workpackages on ontologies, data-mining, text mining, medical taxonomies, and natural language processing.

Additional services:  Ontology development, ICD10, SNOMED-CT coding of medical texts, website indexing, development of medical ‘Questions and Answers’,linking medical textbooks by topic, and metadata, thesaurus or synonym list development.

 Other subjects indexed (not elsewhere mentioned) include:  Immunology (MSc),

Subjects

Medicine and Health (All Areas)

Medicine and Health
Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing – all specialties covered.

Clinical Medicine

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing – all specialties covered.

Anatomy and Physiology

Over 35 years’ experience of indexing in this field, including such titles as Gray’s Anatomy, various editions (Standring).

Allied Health Professions

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing.

Microbiology

M.Sc. Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing, and microbiology lecturing exerience.

Nursing

Over 35 years’ experience in medical and health care indexing.

Nutrition and Food Science

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing. Wheatley medal won for Food Science encyclopedia.

Pathology

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing.

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing. Significant experience in pharmacology and toxicology.

Psychiatry/Psychology

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing, and significant experience in psychiatry and psychology indexing.

Sports Medicine/Science

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing.

Surgery

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing.

Veterinary Science

Over 35 years’ experience in medical indexing.

Biology

Over 35 years’ experience in medical and biological indexing.

Environmental Science

Experience in environmental science indexing.

Botany

Degree in Botany. Experience in indexing botany textbooks.

Horticulture

Considerable experience in horticultural book indexing. e.g. Micropropagation of Orchids (Arditti and Yam) 2017.

Molecular/Cellular Biology

University lecturing and research experience. Over 35 years’ experience in molecular biology indexing.

Antiques

Long-standing personal interest, and significant experience.

Mental Health

Considerable experience in indexing books on mental health topics.

Related qualifications

B.Sc, B.Sc Hons, M.Sc, PG Cert.


Other skills

Embedded Indexing
Significant experience of embedded indexing, using WordEmbed. Also experience in Tagged indexing.

Electronic Indexing
Experience in indexing of websites, and for e-books, and other online materials.

Thesaurus Construction
Experience in thesaurus construction, and ontology development e.g. NHS Choices website ontology.

Taxonomic Indexing
Microbiological taxonomic indexing

Training In Indexing
Experience in training technical writers, and publishers on indexing.

Recent indexes include

Arditti et al, Micropropagation of Orchids, Wiley Blackwell, 2017
Campbell-Platt, Food Science and Technology, Wiley Blackwell, 2017
Dangas et al, Interventional Cardiology: Principles and Practice, Wiley Blackwell, 2016
Vahlensieck, MRI of the Musculoskeletal System, Thieme, 2017

Clients Include

Over the years, I have worked for most of the major UK and international publishing houses, in the field of medical publishing. I continue to work with key UK, European and US publishers.

Special Publication Type

Textbooks

Over 35 years’ experience in indexing medical and health-related textbooks.

Dictionaries And Encyclopaedias

Responsible for indexing dozens of encyclopaedias for Elsevier, and other publishers. Experience in both producing and indexing directories.

Journals (Learned And Professional)

Significant experience in indexing journals of all types and fields.

Manuals And Handbooks

Experience in indexing manuals (and teaching technical writers how to index manuals), and the indexing of handbooks.

Online Materials

Experienced in indexing online materials and e-books.

Ebooks

Experienced in both embedded indexing and tagged indexing for e-books.

Tools

CINDEX
Experience with ontology software, and Microsoft Office software