About Editors WA

Editors WA is a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) in Western Australia, representing, supporting, and providing professional development services to editors, proofreaders and other professionals in the publishing and written communications industries.

The WA branch of IPEd succeeds the Society of Editors (WA) Inc., which was founded in 1992 and incorporated in 2000. Whereas the Society of Editors (WA), as a body, had been a member if IPEd, as of 1 July 2016, members of the society transferred to direct membership of a restructured national organisation. IPEd is governed by a constitution and guided by national policy documents. Editors WA is run by a committee elected by its members according to the constitution.

The branch provides information and advice for prospective clients as well as a register of freelance editors. Membership of the IPEd is open to all individuals who are involved with or interested in the promotion and advancement of the standards and skills of editing.

Activities of the society include monthly meetings, our Bookworm newsletter and the operation of an email mailing list through which members may seek advice on matters of style or usage, or initiate debate on current editing issues. Informal get-togethers are held every few months. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Aims and objectives

The aims of IPEd, and of Editors WA, are given in detail on the IPEd website. In summary, IPEd aims to:

  • be the nationally recognised professional association of the editing profession in Australia
  • provide professional development and networking opportunities, and an accreditation scheme
  • develop and maintain standards in editing practice
  • advance the interests of members
  • provide access to information and advice on client–editor matters, contracts and other editorial services matters
  • promote excellence in all fields of professional editing and writing
  • educate and inform the community about the activities of editors and the benefits of using of professional editors
  • to provide an active link between organisations or individuals seeking editorial help and our members

NEWS

  • Staff changes in IPEd national office

    5 March 2017

    New secretary for IPEd There has recently been an important change to staffing in the IPEd national office. Margaret Telford, IPEd secretary since 2013–14 has resigned for personal reasons. Margaret has been an invaluable, highly professional and highly respected secretary … Read more

  • Society of Editors (WA) now closed

    4 March 2017

      Cancellation of incorporation The Editors WA branch committee received notice on 15 February 2017 that the Department of Commerce had approved the application by the Society of Editors (WA) to cancel incorporation and wind up. Cancellation of incorporation was … Read more

  • 8th IPEd National Editors Conference

    14 February 2017

    Expressions of interest have been called to present papers and workshops at the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, to be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September 2017. The conference program will be divided into three streams — technology, … Read more

  • Book review: Writing for science journals

    20 December 2016

    by Geoffrey Hart Diaskeuasis Publishing Quebec, Canada, 2014 Web: http://www.geoff-hart.com/index.html Online bookstore: Printed version of the book Review by Stephen White (Editors WA) In science publications as anywhere, it remains largely the case that early-career scientists are supposed to learn by … Read more