As specialist indexers, we work with some of the biggest publishing companies in the country - including Taylor & Francis and its subsidiaries. We take great pride in offering excellent, punctual services and top-quality indexes. Every work we receive is given great attention and double-checked to ensure we maintain a high standard.
Our rates are very competitive. We are always willing to take on more work of any genre and/or length. For a quote or more information, please contact us.
What is Indexing?
Indexing is a complex activity involving many skills such as organisation, sustained concentration and an eye for detail as well as being able to see the inter-relationship of different topics. It also requires a good degree of discipline in order to meet deadlines as the index is only compiled once the proofs have been finalised .
The first job is marking up and different indexers do this in various ways: some use just the paper copy and work through to check that all pages are present and correct and noting the key terms, pages numbers, headings, sub-headings or concepts. A key term could be an author's name, place, figure, table, city, country, organisation, or government act for example. Some indexers just use the pdf copy, some use a mixture of both, some mark up and then enter into the indexing programme (such as Macrex) and some do both jobs simultaneously.
As just mentioned, the next job is to input all your entries. This is where you need all your 'detail' skills as entries will need to be cross-referenced, sub-entried and spell-checked.
Every index is different. Sometimes an author wants a specific list of entries too which means you need to go through the pdf to do searches as well as checking for entries that also need to go in. Some are technical, some have lots of names and places and some have hardly any. That's what makes each job interesting - you never know what you are going to get!
Allow us to indulge our passion a little. Below you'll find a video we had made about the history and use of indexing; it explains the ethos behind our work and how individuals can become indexers.
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