Editing, indexing and publishing services

for botanical, environmental and naturalist writers


writing with scientific accuracy

writing with environmental passion

writing with structure and clarity

Welcome to Rubida Communications, based in Canberra, Australia!
My passion is to help you create clear and well-structured scientific and environmental publications.  I can also convert your publication into an EPUB or PDF ebook for self-publishing.

On my blog, A Writer’s Toolkit, you will find resources and tips for writers and editors.

Please use the links below to find out more about the services I provide. If you would like a quote, please contact me. I will respond as soon as I can.




Content structure review

A review of the content structure of your document or website. I assess your publication's clarity, consistency, accessibility, user-friendliness and other criteria. This service includes a written report with advice ...
Content review checks

Editing services

Ideally, editing should start as soon as you have a first draft. Therefore, I offer three levels of editing: substantive (or comprehensive) editing, copyediting and proofreading. Each of these phases can improve the quality of ...
A diagram of the 'editing and publication process'. It shows the steps of substantive editing, copyediting and proofreading as they occur in the publication process (drafts, graphic design and publishing).

Indexing services

An index is especially essential for non-fiction documents. To create an index for your publication, I read and interpret the content to select a list of important terms and concepts that will be relevant to ...

Self-publishing services

If you are a writer with a draft manuscript that is ready for publication, self-publishing is a possible next step. My services, therefore, focus on helping you create an ebook in PDF or EPUB format ...
Self-publishing services

About me

My name is Dr An Van den Borre. I am a technical and scientific writer, editor and indexer, with a BSc in biology, and a PhD in systematic botany from the Australian National University. Before starting this business in 2001, I also worked as a post-doc researcher at Sydney University.

In my profession as well as in my life, I combine my passion for words, communication and the environment. My greatest wish is to help botanists, environmentalists and naturalists present their special knowledge about the natural world in outstanding publications.

Green ethos

Rubida Communications aims to be a green businesses and to support a sustainable future by:

  • reducing carbon emissions — solar panels provide electricity
  • using less paper — printing on recycled paper, re-using single-sided printed paper, reducing printing needs, encouraging electronic publishing
  • using like-minded suppliers — this website is hosted by Digital Pacific, a green website host.

… sharing the passion for our environment,
the planet and its people in a sustainable way …