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Entry information, abbreviations and conventions

Indexing qualifications and professional grades

The categories used, and their abbreviations, are as follows:

  • Fellow of the Society (FSocInd): indicates that the member’s experience and competence in indexing for publishers and other clients has been recognized and approved by the Society’s Fellowship procedure.
  • Advanced Professional Members ( MSocInd(Adv) ) are professional members who have demonstrated that they have reached a certain level of commercial experience and regular engagement with indexing.
  • Professional Member (MSocInd): members with the following qualifications/experience are Professional Members of the Society of Indexers.
    • Accredited Indexer (AI): indicates that the member has shown theoretical and practical competence by completing the Society’s open learning qualification.
    • Book Indexing Personal Tuition (BIPT; formerly Book Indexing Postal Tutorials): an independent course (no longer available) leading to a level of competence in indexing, but using tutorials as the main teaching technique.
    • Rapid Results College (RRC): this was the Society's training course from 1981 to 1988. More information can be found in The Indexer article from the time of its launch.

The BIPT and RRC qualifications are included only for entrants who have no Society of Indexers’ qualification.

Where no indexing qualification is shown, the member has gained relevant experience in indexing by virtue of work undertaken. This will usually be indicated elsewhere in the entry.

Subjects

Subject specializations are listed in each entry, although many indexers will undertake indexing in subjects where the text is intended for a general readership. Indexers may select up to 30 subjects from a predetermined list, usually where they have qualifications, work experience or strong indexing experience.  You can search for an indexer by subject using the downloadable pdf version of the directory here. If your search fails to produce a result, then select a more general subject.

Publication type

These refer to the means by which the subject material is conveyed to the reader, other than the traditional book, and which may require some differences in indexing technique. Please note that the Society does not assess competence in the skills listed under this section but all indexers are required to provide evidence of their qualifications and/or experience. However, clients should satisfy themselves that the indexer is competent to deal with the material in question.

Other skills

These are skills, other than basic indexing, such as abstracting, copy-editing, proofreading, consultancy, plus specialized indexing techniques such as embedded indexing. Translation refers to translation of text rather than indexing text in that language (which is listed under Languages, Indexing in). Please note that the Society does not assess competence in the skills listed under this section but all indexers are required to provide evidence of their qualifications and/or experience. However, clients should satisfy themselves that the indexer is competent to deal with the material in question.

Further information on freelances offering a range of editorial services is available from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Experience; Recent indexes include; Clients

Indexers may complete these sections if they wish, but may choose not to list clients because of confidentiality. An absence of information should therefore not be taken as indicating that a member is inexperienced or has had no recent commissions. All members listed in the directory have satisfied the Society that they are actively working as indexers.

Equipment

Hardware and software are included in this section only when used specifically for indexing and related tasks. Indexing software (CINDEX?, MACREX, SKY INDEX or custom software), if used by the entrant, is listed immediately after the hardware, followed by other commercial software.

For example:

 

Hardware

Indexing software

Other commercial software used

 

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Equipment:

PC;

Macrex;

Microsoft Word; InDesign

If full compatibility is an important consideration (e.g. for embedded indexing), clients should ascertain version numbers of software.

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