2011 accreditations due for renewal this year

If you gained accreditation in 2011 you will need to renew it later this year to retain your status as an accredited editor (AE).

We’ll be in contact with you about this in the next couple of months. In the meantime, take a look at the requirements for renewal on the IPEd website.

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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IPEd conference keynote speakers announced

The organisers of write | edit | index, the 7th IPEd National Editors Conference 2015 are thrilled to announce two well-known Australians as keynote speakers, namely Jackie French and David Astle.

Jackie French is an author of 140 books across a range of genres. Her work includes fiction for adults and children, gardening, history and picture books. She is a passionate advocate for the conservation of wildlife and the planet.

David Astle is well known as the dictionary guy from the television show Letters and Numbers. He is a self-confessed word nerd writing cryptics for the The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

The conference launches with a day of professional workshops covering topics on editing, indexing, blogging, design and digital markup to name a few. The next two days include four session streams each day, ensuring that there is a session for everyone.

The conference will take place in Canberra from 6–9 May 2015 and early bird registration closes on 20 February.

Early bird registration (closes 20 February 2015)
Member                         $485
Non-member                $550
Student member          $335

Full registration (closes 31 March 2015)
Member                         $550
Non-member                $650
Student member          $400

Day registration (closes 31 March 2015)
Thursday                       $200
Friday                             $200
Saturday                         $150

For program details and to register go to www.writeeditindex.net.au

IPEd will update conference news on Twitter @IPEditors and Facebook at www.facebook.com/IPEditors.

Join the conference conversation by using #writeeditindex.

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 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

Committee spotlight – IPEd councillor

One of the roles opening up within the society is that of IPEd councillor. Departing councillor, Jo Smith, shares her experience.

The IPEd councillor is an essential role, which creates a direct link between IPEd and its members, the state societies of editors.

The IPEd councillor is the society’s representative on the IPEd council, which is responsible for the management and business of the company, i.e. to advance the profession of editing. The IPEd council comprises a councillor from each of the seven state societies of editors.

The councillors are directors of the company, the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd, and as such must comply with the associated duties and responsibilities.

IPEd council meetings are held once a month via teleconference, generally on the first Sunday of the month and, unfortunately for WA, at 7.30 am! The IPEd councillor then reports to the WA society at its monthly committee meetings; so the IPEd councillor must also be a general committee member.

There is an alternate councillor who can attend the occasional meeting if needed and who can also support the work of the councillor within the society.

It is a very rewarding role, and gives a great sense of perspective of the editing profession nationally. The other councillors are very dedicated and great to work with and I will miss being on the council. However, I will be continuing on Working Party 4, helping to develop the implementation plan.

If you are interested in taking on this role, please see the IPEd website, the position description documents, or contact me on josmith@wordsmithwa.com.au.

 

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’.

Confirmation of accreditation exam

The IPEd Council has confirmed that the 2012 accreditation exam will go ahead on Saturday 13 October. Candidates are advised to read carefully the Guide for candidates and the Q&A section on the IPEd website and to make sure they ‘sit’ at least one of the sample exams available on the website under exam conditions and then mark their work against the marking guide well before 13 October, so they will know which aspects they need to focus on in their exam preparation. They should also read the Style manual for authors, editors and printers (6th edn) and at least one or two of the other references listed in the guidelines.

Any queries should be directed to the WA Accreditation Board delegate, Jo Smith at jo.smith@wordsmithwa.com.au