Indexing – the litmus test of a professionally produced book

In today’s age of big data, the ability to navigate, analyse and digest information is more important than ever. As one of our authors commented, indexers take on this task of analysis and providing navigation pointers ‘using skills the reader usually takes for granted’.

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Draft index, in Word,  for Lifelong Learning Policies for Young Adults in Europe: Navigating between Knowledge and Economy, edited by Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Siyka Kovacheva and Xavier Rambla (Policy Press, 2020)

Indexers are often booked up months in advance so one of Bourchier’s first tasks on receiving a new book for project management is to calculate the date of the final proof and commission an indexer.

First proof index for Transforming Glasgow: beyond the post-industrial city, by Keith Kintrea and Rebecca Madgin (Policy Press, 2020)

Having briefed the indexer, the Bourchier project manager’s next task is to copy-edit the final draft. This involves, among many other things, checking that numbers have been correctly elided, that spellings match those used in the text, that subentries are meaningful and correctly indented, that cross-references and pagination are correct.

  • “This is fantastic work! And thank you very much for the Errata. All proofreaders missed those errors. Thus I am more than pleased with your work.”

    Marcus Locker, The Power of Paradox index (Brill)
  • “I truly appreciate your professional service. It's a delight to collaborate with you.”

    Patricia P. K. Chiu, author of Promoting All-Round Education for Girls (Hong Kong University Press)