contributing editor

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  1. novice_81 Senior Member

  2. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    Copied from Wikipedia . . .

    A contributing editor is a magazine job title that varies in responsibilities. Most often, a contributing editor is a freelancer who has proven ability and readership draw. The contributing editor regularly contributes articles to the publication but does not actually edit articles. At smaller magazines, the title may imply a staff member with regular writing responsibility and some editorial duties.

    When a "contributing editor" is listed on the title page of a book, the term generally designates a person who has served as some kind of consultant in the book's preparation but who is not responsible for the book's final content.
  3. novice_81 Senior Member

    So it's possible that he was just writing articles for this magazine without editing them probably.
    Ok, thanks.
  4. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    Having served as such several times, I can confirm the description as I've edited it.

    I've never seen that on the title page of a book, nor do I know anyone who has had such a title in connection with a book.
  5. gramman

    gramman Senior Member

    I can't remember ever hearing the term used this way, and I expect it's quite unusual, but apparently not unprecedented, as heypresto's Wikipedia reference indicates.
  6. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    That's really unusual, and it appears to be limited to the academic sphere. I've actually edited books in which I've also done part of the writing, and were I to credit that role (which I didn't), I'd have added "and contributing writer" to "editor".

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