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diacriTech provides editorial and composition services for books, textbooks, journals, and periodicals to publishers worldwide. We help publishers address the many challenges of an increasingly digitized and global content industry by keeping pace with ever-changing consumer needs and technologies. We leverage industry leading practices, highly customized tools, and skilled resources to handle even the most demanding quality and schedule requirements with ease. Here is an overview of our prepress services.
In a short span of time, digital education has come a long way, from just providing text-based courses to learner-centric interactive solutions such as instructional videos, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) apps, assessment tools with NLP, and podcasts. With so many educational resources, there is no limit to learning and also no limit to the potential of increasing student engagement and improving learning outcomes.
At diacriTech, we provide a range of eLearning services. We help to re-define and re-engineer every facet of education by integrating technology into the curriculum.
Our eLearning services for STM/Trade/K-12 segment include the following:
- Interactive eBook creation in HTML5
- Interactive web-based instruction for supporting lab-based learning
- Flash Animations and Scripting
- Conversion of Flash assets to HTML5
- 3D modeling and animation development (using unity game-based development tool)
- Storyboarding and instructional design
- Digital learning object using concept-based animations, slide shows, interactives etc.
- Games and Simulation tools
- LMS content population and migration
- Immersive and engaging content using 3D augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR)
- Assessment and practice test applications
- Data visualizations or Infographics
Project Management Services
Unless the efforts of all the project participants are skillfully coordinated and managed, even a well-conceived project can fail to meet its schedule and standards.What is needed is project management with the best mix of knowledge, experience, and capability. This is where our expertise can help.
With more than a decade experience, diacriTech has built strong in-house capabilities in PreK-12, Higher Ed, and ELT segment offering projects that are managed to the highest quality standards leveraging on industry-specific management knowledge. We provide different levels of project management services to fit project size and scope.
What we offer:
- Experienced project managers handpicked with editorial background.
- Experienced in liaising with authors, editors, typesetters, etc.
- Expertise to manage both print and digital workflows.
- Work in multiple shifts aligning to customer time zone.
- Ability to oversee multiple projects across all phases of development.
- Ability to monitor workflow and make timeline adjustments as needed.
- Vendors/freelancers/in-house teams management.
- Assisted by a full-blown ERP to manage projects and production control.
- Project managers are accessible by US/UK/Australia local numbers and Skype.
- All project managers have running mates as backup.
Whether you are considering outsourcing project management work for your organization or simply require support managing a publishing project or publication, we will be able to fulfill all your requirements.
It is not only an eye to page layout and design but also the ability to reliably meet deadlines that contribute to the publishing success. With several years of experience in various tools used for typesetting and related services, diacriTech’s workforce of highly qualified staff are time efficient in their practice and skilled to handle any aspect of typesetting work. We provide typesetting services through LaTeX and InDesign for eBooks and print books. Our typesetting services are available for several European languages like German, French, and Spanish. Our XML workflow can be customized according to the individual client preferences. All the composition projects are tracked through automated workflow in cloud-based platform.
Typesetting services in Macintosh and Microsoft Windows platforms include the following:
- Page makeup and development of proofs including correction and placement of assets
- Front-end XML workflow into InDesign
- Non-XML workflow for QuarkXPress and FrameMaker
- InDesign Design/Template creation (including Typefi Systems)
- QuarkXPress Design/Template creation
- FrameMaker Design/Template creation
- 3B2 Template creation
- Generate Latex to print PDF
- Converting Word to Latex and vice versa
- Converting Latex to XML/HTML
- Latex Template creation
- Generating PDF/XML/HTML from 3B2
- 3B2 Template creation
Copyediting and Proofreading Services
Copyediting and proofreading are essential elements that lay the foundation for high-quality publications. diacriTech editorial team has a group of highly skilled copyeditors and proofreaders from various disciplines, such as medicine, life science, social science, engineering, law, humanities, and so on. Our team of specialty editors is familiar with nuances of perfecting copy to ensure consistency, clarity, accuracy, and adherence to house style for scientific journals and books. They have an excellent command over language in both British and American English. They also have extensive experience in editing complex projects, meticulously following a publisher’s house style guidelines if specified, to achieve style consistency and improved readability throughout a publication.
Our copyeditors will check and fix the language parameters such as subject–verb agreement, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. They will adjust sentence and paragraph structure; eliminate redundant words; replace repetitive words with synonyms; and substitute weak words, phrases, and sentences with powerful alternatives. They will also ensure that the original tone remains intact. We provide customization of the copyediting service levels based on whether light or medium or heavy editing is required.
Besides the aforementioned processes, professional proofreading (PPR) or editorial proofreading (EPR) is done to detect and correct production errors of text/art and ensure the document is accurate in all copyediting, proofreading, and typesetting aspects. Copyeditors also maintain strict adherence to quality control (QC) and turnaround time (TAT).
Digital Conversion Services
To meet the soaring requirements and demands of multichannel audiences in a print-to-digital world, diacriTech provides a wide range of conversion services using industry leading practices. We have the capability of converting files virtually from any format to another. The most popular among them are as follows:
From: Paper, PDF, PS, SGML, TEX, FrameMaker, Quark, Ventura, Word, INDD, FrameMaker, PageMaker, Databases, etc.
To: Word, ePub, XML, MathML, Database, or other customer-specific format.
We are also proficient in XML package creation for JSTOR, HighWire Express platform, PMC (PubMed Central) and NIMAS XML conversion.
We provide ePub/ePub3 conversion and formatting services pertaining to IDPF standards and specialize in
- Creation of EPUB from Word and other application files
- Conversion of Word files to reflowable/fixed layout EPUB (including widget placement)
- Conversion of PDF files to reflowable EPUB (including widget placement)
- Conversion of HTML/Word/XML to EDUPUB
Artwork and Graphics
Art and image processing is an essential constituent in the composition process. diacriTech has been providing professional art development and end-to-end design services to global customers in the PreK-12, Higher Ed, and ELT segment for more than a decade.
We have a custom-built art studio that works 24x6 with staff of different background specializing in Illustrator, Photoshop, 3DMax, ChemDraw, etc. Artists are not only capable of redrawing artwork but also working from conceptual briefs and converting photographs into illustrations. Creative artists conceptualize art considering the requirements of various standards on race diversity.
Our art workflow includes an input QC analysis process to identify and segregate art that needs redrawing or retouch. Art output QC is independent and does a technical profiling of art in order to ensure that the artwork is consistent in terms of stroke width, thickness, resolution requirements, and color space requirements. Exhaustive preflight checks are done here before it is passed on to page make up.
Types of artwork done (well-customized technical, situational, and medical art)
- Mechanical drawing
- Medical illustrations
- Science illustrations
- Map drawing
- Situational drawing
- Book design—covers and interiors, etc.
Our Art services include
- Concept art
- Character design (for animation, games, advertisements)
- Cartoon art
- Creative illustrations
- Creative redrawing
- Art correction
- Image resizing
- Maps (redraw/correction)
- Image retouching
- Coloring work
- Color conversion
- Disk and relabeling (raster/vector)
- Disk edit
Content Development Services
diacriTech holds a niche in delivering innovative and efficient content development services for a diverse range of publishers across the globe. At the heart of effective educational content is the writer’s subject matter expertise and the passion to educate and engage the learner. This is manifested by our in-depth experience in the PreK-12, Higher Ed, and ELT segment. Over the past decade, we have built strong in-house capabilities offering well-written and focused content (print and digital) in collaboration with our clients. Our team of content developers also have hands-on experience in researching, developing, and writing integrative and innovative content related to STEM curriculum. Our content development services include the following:
- Static/algorithmic item writing
- Cold solving
- Lesson plan writing/hand guide development for teachers and students
- Content for inquiry-based learning
- Content repurposing
- CMS/LMS content population services
- Test item bank and assessment Development
- Assessment writing
- Taxonomy services
- Journal article writing
- Website/marketing content
- E-learning/storyboards/interactive content development for digital platforms
- Voiceover content development
- Closed captioning
- Educational taxonomy tagging
- NCLEX-style question creation
- Book mapping
- Solutions manual development
- Accuracy checking/fact checking
Manuscript Assessment and Technical Screening Services
With just about 5% of the submitted papers being accepted in high impact journals, the need for a competent assessment and screening process has never been greater. diacriTech has specialist editors from various scientific disciplines to perform manuscript assessment and technical screening (MATS) services.
The purpose of MATS is to ensure all manuscript submissions are screened for language, completeness, and are ready for peer review before being assigned to an editor. Careful screening for completeness at this stage ensures that a manuscript can move smoothly through the peer review process without any issues. This averts additional and needless work for all the process stake holders such as author, editor, reviewer, and journal manager at a later stage.
With MATS being a time-sensitive academic operation, diacriTech uses postgraduates in Science or Engineering having good knowledge of written English to comprehend the journal requirement quickly and ensure successful screening.
The existence of the back-of-the-book index may be a traditional concept, but its usefulness is still contemporary. Indexes play an important role in helping readers to locate information quickly and efficiently and hence it is vital that they are accurate and well organized. However, index preparation can be an intensive and time-consuming task while preparing a book for publication. This is where you can count on us. We offer professional index creation services to enhance usability of publications. Our team has extensive experience in preparing indexes for STM, humanities, and trade books for many of the leading educational publishers.
The benefits of our services are listed here:
- Our index team members are widely read, meticulous in handling of detail, concise and logical in their work.
- They are well acquainted with the styles of many publishers, and capable of meeting tight deadlines.
- Index team members are assigned based on the required background knowledge.
- They are well versed in using tools such as CINDEX.
Copyrights & Permissions –Research and clearance
In today’s mainstream publishing industry obtaining approval to use third-party copyrighted content in publications has become the mandatory norm. Yet this continues to be a challenging task for many publishers. diacriTech has a simplified turnkey workflow that is managed successfully by the Rights & Permissions (R&P) team. This workflow not only promotes transparency and minimizes cost, but it also takes the complexity and hassle out of the copyrights clearance process for third-party assets (images/photos). The team has the requisite experience in communicating with third-party rights holders, publishers, and copyright agents regarding acquiring permissions. They also have expertise in using automated permissions management services such as Copyright Clearance Center, PLSClear, and RightsLink service, which facilitate the process of acquiring permissions.