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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.

Conference booking now open

Join us at the University of York on 5 to 7 September for the SfEP/SI 1st joint conference and AGMs. The conference is an opportunity to explore new skills and ideas while networking and socialising with editorial and indexing colleagues.

Speakers include John Thompson of Cambridge University and the linguist, editor and indexer David Crystal.

Book by 24 April to claim the early-bird discount.

Find out more and book online

Online upgrades and editorial tests

We've moved up a level! The online form has more flexible options, giving you new ways to upgrade your membership using different experience, an optional test and mentoring.

All about upgrades

Members can take our one-hour editorial test free on their own screen at home. This option makes upgrading easier and it's based on our existing syllabus.

All about tests

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2014 conference sponsors

The SfEP thanks the sponsors of the 2014 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.

Buying books, software, CDs, etc. or office supplies? Use the links below – it costs nothing extra, and the SfEP earns a percentage of the price you pay.