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Honorary president: Judith Butcher Honorary vice-president: David Crystal OBE

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Interested in editorial training?

The SfEP offers classroom and online training in editing and proofreading.

SfEP training courses

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.

This website contains much information – for members, for those who would like to employ them and for anyone connected in some way to the production of text. In particular, you can find out about:

You can also visit the SfEP online shop, where you can purchase an essential BSI card and take advantage of the expert advice found in our SfEP Guides.


Mentoring: biomedical copy-editing

We can now offer mentoring in copy-editing journal articles in biomedical fields specifically. This uses real copy-editing assignments of accepted papers in journals, both research papers and review articles, and also covers editing of papers before submission to journals on behalf of authors. Mentees should have a background in biology or medicine to at least degree level.

When applying online, put 'biomedical' in the 'Anything else relevant' box.

Apply now

Introduction to fiction editing

This new online-only course discusses some of the areas unique to fiction – plot, voice, point of view, dialogue and narrative consistency.

Find out more

To book the course, visit the Online courses tab on the booking page.

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2015 conference sponsors

The SfEP and SI thank the sponsors of the 2015 joint conference for their generous support. Click on the logos to find out more.


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Looking for a freelance editor, proofreader or project manager?

Search the SfEP Directory of Editorial Services

Have a question about proofreading or copy-editing? Check out our FAQs or email our HelpDesk.

Test your proofreading skills

Do you think proofreading is simply a case of spotting the odd typo? Try our multiple-choice proofreading test and discover what it really involves – and whether you have what it takes to do it.

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