Graham P. Collins

Science editing & writing

The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling.

— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Freelancing / Consulting

  • For individual researchers, research groups, and institutions:
    • Editing of research papers and grant proposals
    • Editing and writing of research summaries and reports
    • Editing and writing of press releases
  • Subject matter:
    • Primarily physical sciences and mathematics
      • e.g., theoretical particle physics, quantum physics, quantum computation, material science, nuclear engineering, optics, biomedical imaging
    • Has also included, e.g., psychology and education
  • For publications:
    • Editing of articles written by journalists or scientists
    • Writing articles
  • Selected clients:
    • International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
    • Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
    • SPIE (The international society for optics and photonics)
    • Scientific American
  • Other odds and ends:
    • Edited a speech for a distinguished award recipient
    • Outlined design of an educational science game proposal



  • Eleven years on the board of editors of Scientific American
    • Editing and writing of feature articles
    • Writing for the news section
    • Occasional writing for other sections
    • Working with art directors to design informational and conceptual illustrations
  • Seven years on staff at Physics Today
    • Editing of feature articles
    • Writing for "Search and Discovery" (research news)
    • Development of early web site
    • Miscellaneous other editing, writing, supervising, and planning

old Publications

Scientific American

Physical Review Focus

Physics Today

New Zealand Science Monthly

Pro fiction & poetry

Ancient research