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

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About the SfEP

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders has three main aims:

Formed in November 1988, the SfEP now has about 2,400 members (mostly in the UK) providing editorial services to publishers and a wide range of companies, government agencies and other bodies.

The Society provides training and professional qualifications, and publishes the online Directory of Editorial Services provided by its members. The membership communicates with each other via a number of popular email discussion lists, and the Society publishes the bi-monthly magazine Editing Matters. The membership-only SfEPWiki is a growing repository of the Society's collective wisdom and experience.

You can find out more about the Society by checking out the following sections:

  • The council and company secretary
  • The present incumbents, what they are responsible for, their forward planning and the dates of their meetings.

  • Important documents
  • The documents by which the Society is governed, and others that it has developed to further its aims, plus annual reports and accounts since 2007.

  • Public relations and advertising
  • Who to contact for comment about the Society or on editorial issues, plus instructions on how to advertise to the SfEP membership.

  • The SfEP's honorary members
  • People the Society has honoured since 1988.

  • Judith Butcher Award
  • Established in 2011, this is intended to identify not only members who have made highly visible contributions to the SfEP, but also individuals who have made important but perhaps less obvious ones.

  • Using the SfEP logo
  • Code is provided to help you use the official SfEP logo to link from your site to our home page, plus information on how to use the logo for other purposes. We also provide code so you can link directly to the SfEP Directory of Editorial Services.

Society for Editors and Proofreaders Limited. Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales no: 4639150. VAT reg no: 666 6243 12

Registered office:
Harwood House
43 Harwood Road
London SW6 4QP

Administration office:
Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Apsley House
176 Upper Richmond Road
London SW15 2SH
t: 020 8785 6155

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Key dates in SfEP history

The important events, compiled to celebrate the SfEP's 21st birthday.

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