Jessica S. ReuterR. Castrogiovanni

About Me

Welcome to my web site!

I am a scientific and medical writer specializing in bioinformatics and genomics. My favorite part about scientific writing is the chance to go through primary literature and learn something new. I am passionate about increasing scientific literacy in the world, and I believe that scientific literacy is an important part of good health and well-being.

As part of my commitment to integrity, I pledge to never write false or misleading information. Misinformation has been a major problem in scientific and medical communication in recent years, and I will not contribute to it. Everything I write is verified with primary sources and reputable research.

I have also studied information accessibility and content usability so I can create effective content for any audience. Scientific writing often contains complex subject matter, and writing about science in simple terms can be a challenge. To that end, I am currently working on a degree in technical communication to supplement my master's degree in bioinformatics.

When I'm not writing, I study languages and etymology. I'm fluent in French and starting to learn Spanish and Japanese. The languages we speak influence how we see the world and how we interpret information, so I strive to be as well-versed as possible in how language affects the way we communicate. Translating ideas between languages can be difficult, translating scientific concepts can be even more so, and the interpretation process is fascinating.

Education

Degrees

  • BA English, Technical communication focus. (Expected 2022)
  • MS Bioinformatics, Concurrent with BS.
  • BS Bioinformatics

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Technical Communication
  • National Association of Science Writers
  • American Medical Writers Association
  • Editorial Freelancers Association

Portfolio

Scientific and Medical Writing

Scientific Magazines

Scientific Software Documentation

Scientific Papers

RNAstructure: Software for RNA Secondary Structure Prediction and Analysis.
Reuter, Jessica S., and David H. Mathews.
BMC Bioinformatics, vol. 11, no. 129, 15 Mar. 2010.
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-11-129
RNAstructure: Web Servers for RNA Secondary Structure Prediction and Analysis.
Bellaousov, Stanislav, et al. (Coauthor)
Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 41, no. W1, 1 Jul. 2013.
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkt290

Additional Skills and Experience

  • Technical writing: Programming tutorials and PCB engineering
  • Fluent in French: 7 years of formal study, continued independent study
  • Accessibility: Print and web compliance: WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.1
  • Neuromuscular disabilities: Independent studies in neurology, biochemistry, and orthopedics

FAQ

What kinds of projects do you write?

  • Accessible Documents
  • Books
  • Blogs
  • Ebooks
  • Literature Reviews
  • Magazine Articles
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Software Documentation
  • Web Content
  • White Papers

Will you write a custom project type you haven't listed?

Of course! Feel free to ask!

What is your turnaround time for projects?

It depends on the project, but I can usually turn around short projects like blogs, ebooks, magazine articles, or web content in 24-72 hours. Longer projects like software documentation, peer-reviewed articles, and white papers require at least a week to get done, and may take significantly longer based on the requirements of the project.

For software documentation, can you program, test, or interpret code?

Yes to all three! I was a programmer for some time while I first started to learn scientific software documentation writing. Since I focus on writing now, I prefer not to write software professionally, but I can write unit tests, analyze scientific software for usability, and ensure that web applications meet accessibility guidelines.

What are your rates?

  • W2 hourly rate: $45-50 per hour
  • Independent contractor hourly rate: $50-60 per hour
  • Per word rate: 6 cents
  • English-French translation per word rate: 10 cents
  • Project rate: Contact for a quote

Contact

You can contact me at any time by email or by phone. Email is more reliable for first contact because my toddler can't throw it behind the couch. Please be assured, if we set up a phone conversation, that I will be careful to keep my phone out of tiny hands.

Please use my primary email if possible. I know that some providers still don't like emails that don't end with dot com, so feel free to use my Gmail address if any problems arise.

Email (Primary)
contact@jsrc.expert
Email (Alternate)
jsrc.expert@gmail.com
Phone
+1 (813) 602-1626