Renewal of accreditation for 2011 AEs

A reminder for WA editors accredited in 2011: it’s time to renew your accreditation!

Accreditation is valid for five years. After this, you must renew your accreditation to continue to be recognised as an accredited editor (AE).

You don’t have to sit another exam for renewal but you will need to show that you’ve been actively involved in the editing profession and undertaken appropriate professional development activities over the past five years. All information should be provided to IPEd via the application form on the website.

Applications close 31 August 2016.

See Renewal of accreditation for more information, including the guidelines and application form.

If you have any queries about the exam, please send me an email.

Sue Thomson
Accreditation Board delegate WA

Accreditation exam update

Preparations are in full swing for the next accreditation exam which will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016. Registrations will open in early March.

The structure of the exam, the allocation of marks, and the required pass mark have not changed. What will be different is that instead of being on paper, the exam will be presented as a set of Microsoft Word documents. To complete the exam, you will be required to edit passages of text onscreen, type in short passages of text, and select from multiple choice options or drop-down lists. But the exam will NOT be a test of expertise in Word and knowledge of advanced Word features is not required.

We will be holding an exam preparation workshop and will let you know more in the next few weeks. The workshop will cover the aims of the exam, how to prepare, what to study, how to manage time in the exam, and possibly a chance to review some basic editing practice. We strongly encourage anyone thinking of doing the exam to attend the workshop.

An online tutorial is being developed – this will demonstrate the onscreen format and provide tips for navigating around the documents. Also, at least one of the existing sample exams will be converted to the onscreen format around the time as registrations open. Make sure you read the guidelines for candidates on the IPEd website also.

If you’re a Mac user, we’re planning to make a number of Macs available. However, we may not be in a position to offer the same level of technical support as for PCs.

Fees have been set at:
• Society member sitting the exam for the first time (fee $610; early bird $580)
• Society member resitting the exam (fee $300; early bird $285)
• Non-society member sitting the exam for the first time (fee $765; early bird $730)
• Non-society member resitting the exam (fee $380; early bird $360).

The accreditation scheme is run on a cost-recovery basis. The Accreditation Board endeavours to keep the fees as low as possible, and has managed to avoid any increases since 2012. However, the onscreen exam has incurred some extra costs, particularly in the hire of venues. Although there are off-setting savings in many areas, it has not been possible to avoid a very small increase in the 2016 fees.

Thanks to Ted Briggs (Chair, Accreditation Board) for most of the work on this article.
If you have any queries about the exam, please send me an email.

Sue Thomson
Accreditation Board delegate WA
sjthomson22@yahoo.com.au

Position paper on new Style manual

By the end of our October networking meeting, ‘Defending the barricades—you, me and the Style manual’, attendees were in agreement: Australian editors need a new edition of the Style manual. However, it was evident from the discussion of the evening that there was no clear path to attaining this goal.

The many problems and possible solutions have been distilled into a position paper that can now be read online. This has been developed by SoE(WA) members Michèle Drouart, Satima Flavell, Helen Renwick and Ilsa Sharp, who formed a working group after the meeting to research and explore the future of the Style manual.

It is the hope of the working group and the committee of SoE(WA) that this paper will prompt greater conversation and forward movement at the national level.

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John Simkin Medal 2015

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) invites nominations for the inaugural John Simkin Medal – an award recognising an outstanding index to a book compiled in Australia or New Zealand.

The John Simkin Medal, previously known as the ANZSI Medal, has been renamed in honour of John Simkin, one of the founding members of the Society. John promoted the ideals of indexes and indexing throughout his 40-year association with the Society, so it is with pleasure we acknowledge his enormous contribution to indexing in this way.

The ANZSI Medal was first awarded in 1985 and was offered annually until 2013, when it became biennial.

Due to the prestigious nature of the Medal, it is only awarded when merited. Details of previous ANZSI Medal winners are available at www.anzsi.org/site/medal_win.asp.

To attain the award, indexes must be of the highest calibre. The index should be substantial in size, the subject matter complex, and the language, form and structure should demonstrate the indexer’s expertise in serving the primary needs of the text and the reader. There are no restrictions on the subject matter of the book.

The book may be in either paper or electronic format.

To be eligible for the award, the book must be commercially available and have an imprint date of 2012 or later. The index must have been compiled in Australia or New Zealand, although the text to which it refers may have been published elsewhere.

Publishers, booksellers, editors, librarians, indexers and interested persons are all invited to provide nominations. Indexers are encouraged to submit their own work.

The winning indexer will receive the John Simkin Medal and a framed certificate. The publisher will receive a framed certificate.

Applications
A completed nomination form together with a hard copy of the book or a link to the electronic file of both book and index is required. Hard copy books will be returned after judging. Nomination forms are available at www.anzsi.org/UserFiles/file/John-Simkin-Medal-nomination-form-2015.pdf.

Dates
Applications must be received no later than Friday, 20 March, 2015 at the address on the nomination form. Presentation of the inaugural John Simkin Medal will be made to the winner at Write | Edit | Index: A national conference for editors, indexers, and publishing professionals, Canberra, 6–9 May 2015.

Represent IPEd at global editing conference in Canada

IPEd is calling for expressions of interest from society members to represent IPEd at the Editing Goes Global 2015 Conference in Toronto, Canada from 12 to 14 June 2015. IPEd will sponsor the speaker’s airfares, four nights’ accommodation in Toronto (11-14 June 2015), airport transfers and the conference registration fee.

It is expected the speaker will be on several panels and deliver on more than one topic. See the list below for the conference sessions.

The speaker must address the current IPEd transition process during one of their sessions and represent IPEd during networking opportunities. The speaker will also be required to prepare a report on the conference for IPEd upon return.

The conference sessions are organised into the following streams:

  • Editing Around the World (organisers would probably ask the speaker to be on a panel somewhere in this stream)
  • Business Practices (freelancing, setting rates, ethics, working from remote locations, crowdsourced editing, etc.)
  • ** Editing Tools (style guides, dictionaries, CreativeSuite, Dreamweaver, PerfectIt, Editorium, etc.)
  • Editing Practices (book doctoring, detecting plagiarism, editing fiction, etc.)
  • How to train editors (organisers are short of sessions for this one, and may remove it from the program)
  • ** Working with self-publishing authors (crowdfunding, distribution, marketing, using focus groups, coaching non-writers, etc.)
  • Networking and mentoring (a series of sessions on the first day, largely aimed at first-time conference attendees)
  • How to run an association for editors (finding work for members, publications, mentoring programs, meeting volunteers’ needs, standards, certification, membership structures and criteria, e-learning)

** These streams have been filled but organisers need sessions for all other streams.

Expressions of interest are due by 25 January 2015 to secretary@iped-editors.org and must include the following:

  • a short synopsis of your paper/s based on the conference sessions
  • a paragraph of your experience and qualifications, including why you would be the best person to represent IPEd at the conference
  • a short synopsis regarding the current IPEd transition process.

If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Telford, IPEd Secretary, via email: secretary@iped-editors.org.

SoE(WA)’s IPEd Councillor, Kerry Coyle, has offered to brief interested applicants on the IPEd transition process to date. Contact Kerry via email: kcoyle@westnet.com.au

More information about the conference is available here: www.editors.ca/conference/2015/index.html.

To contact the Editors’ Association of Canada: info@editors.ca

To submit an expression of interest in being a self-funded conference speaker, please apply directly to the conference organisers.

‘Editing in the digital age’: full program!

The Society of Editors (WA) is please to announce the program for our upcoming winter seminar.

Editing in the digital age: software and systems for professional success

Editors should be up to date and proficient in … common word processing software for editing … and accepted techniques for handling electronic files. Australian standards for editing practice (IPEd, p. 6)

Time Presenters and session titles
8.30   am Registration
9.00 President’s welcome (Cheryl Bettridge AE)
9.05 Announcements (Kerry Coyle AE)
9.10 Dr Hilary Cadman AE ‘PerfectIt – the editor’s friend’
10.00 MORNING TEA
10.15 John Denton ‘How to build a business’
11.15 Rhonda Bracey ‘Telecommuting: Pros and cons’
12.15 pm LUNCH catered by Café Ultimo
13.00 Dr Hilary Cadman AE ‘Keeping up to date with electronic editing tools’
14.00 Margaret McNally AE ‘How many ‘p’s exist in publication?’
14.45 AFTERNOON TEA
15.00 Georgina Wilson ‘Editing for the web – same, same but different’
15.45 Thanks and close

Guest speakers

cadman2Dr Hilary Cadman

PerfectIt – the editor’s friend and Keeping up to date with electronic editing tools
Hilary is a highly experienced science and medical editor, and trainer. Her background is in science. She has a PhD in biochemistry and spent 20 years working in research laboratories and universities in the UK, France and Zimbabwe. A Master of Science (communications) led her into a career in science editing in 1999.

Denton2John Denton

Helping you not just to do business, but to build one!
John started his own training and development business in January 1997 as a licensee for Leadership Management Australia. He has 27 years experience in engineering, customer service, sales and management roles. Today, John is an experienced business person, business consultant, qualified facilitator and trainer, public speaker and ‘business ready for sale’ coach. His extensive knowledge is valuable for editors in any field.

bracey2Rhonda Bracey

Telecommuting: Pros and cons
Editing is an occupation that can be done from home—for at least part of the time. Rhonda has worked full-time from home since 2007. In this presentation, she shares her telecommuting experiences and the pros and cons of working remotely from a corporate office. Rhonda Bracey started her technical communication business in WA in 1999.

mcnallyMargaret McNally

How many ‘p’s exist in publication?
Margaret is a highly experienced editor and professional writer who has written broadly for newspapers, magazines, and corporate organisations. Until recently, Margaret was managing editor of corporate publications at Curtin University, a position she held for more than six years.

wilsonGeorgina Wilson

Editing for the web – same, same but different
Georgina is an experienced editor working with the Department of Agriculture and Food in Perth. Recently her work has concentrated on the department’s new website.

Register online now! Registration is now closed

Editing academic theses – resources

If you couldn’t make it to our April networking meeting on editing academic theses or if you want a little more detail, please take a look at these resources from the night.

We’ll be adding to this post over the next couple of days [4/5/2014].

Editing academic theses notes.pdf
Ilsa Sharp’s questions for students.pdf
IPEd’s Guidelines on editing research theses.pdf

Call for papers

A national conference for editors, indexers, and publishing professionals will take place in Canberra, Australia, 6–9 May 2015. It will be hosted jointly by the Canberra Society of Editors and ACT Region Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) on behalf of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and ANZSI.

Call for papers

The conference committee is inviting expressions of interest to present papers on broad topical areas about editing and indexing for the conference in Canberra, 2015.

The conference will focus on contemporary and emerging issues in editing and indexing, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Best practice/innovative practice in editing and indexing
  • Research relevant to editing, indexing, publishing
  • Digital publishing
  • E-books
  • Information technology developments and trends
  • Information accessibility
  • Education and professional development
  • Professional issues
  • Business practices
  • Editing/indexing particular formats/document types/publications types
  • Taxonomies/controlled vocabularies in indexing
  • Industry trends
  • Case studies.

Expressions of interest (up to 200 words) in presenting a paper or participating in panel or round table discussions are due by Friday 30 May 2014.

You are welcome to share this notice with interested friends and colleagues.

The committee reserves the right to select papers appropriate to the program. Please send your submissions to writeeditindex@gmail.com

Exam resources

If you’re taking the IPEd accreditation exam in May, you might want some help with exam stress and general relaxation/anxiety control.

Curtin University has some fantastic resources. A few of the publications cost a little but many of the resources are free. Have a look around these links to publications and MP3/4 recordings:

http://life.curtin.edu.au/health_wellbeing/Publications.htm

https://life.curtin.edu.au/health_wellbeing/Downloads.htm

https://life.curtin.edu.au/health_wellbeing/CounsellingSelfHelp.htm

2014 IPEd accreditation exam date announced

The fifth IPEd accreditation exam will be held on Saturday 3 May 2014. Like the previous four exams, this will be a pen and paper exam.

Passing the IPEd accreditation exam demonstrates an editor’s professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge.

Registrations for the exam open on Monday 6 January and close on Monday 7 April. The cut-off date for early bird registrations and payments is Friday 7 March. Ensure you are a financial member of the society to take advantage of the lower exam fees for society members. All registrations must be made on the registration form (see note below) and accompanied by the relevant fee. All fees, however paid, must be received by IPEd by close of business on 7 April.

The exam fees are:

Financial members of a society of editors:
Sitting first time: $570; early bird $540
Re-sitting: $285; early bird $270

Non-members of a society of editors:
Sitting first time: $725; early bird $690
Re-sitting: $362; early bird $345

GST is not applicable. Members of a society who are not financial at the time of registration will be charged the non-member fee. Exam fees may be tax deductible.

The fee has been calculated as the minimum required to cover exam costs in 2014. It is based on a target number of applicants and, if this target is not reached, the Accreditation Board may postpone the exam until 2015. There will be no limit placed on the number of candidates who may sit the exam; all candidates who register and pay the fee by the closing date will be accommodated.

Two sample exams are available from the IPEd website. Both sample exams are very good indicators of what you can expect in May, and trialling them will help you decide whether you are ready for the real thing. It is recommended that you not attempt the exam unless you have at least three years’ full-time professional editing experience. All societies of editors will be organising pre-exam activities to help prepare candidates.

To obtain further information, contact your Accreditation Board delegate or consult the guidelines for candidates on the IPEd website.

Please note: The form must be filled in online. It will not be complete and registered until you click the Submit button at the bottom of the form and see a web page with the message ‘Your response has been recorded’.