The Society for Editors and Proofreaders has three main aims:

Aim 1

To promote high editorial standards

Aim 2

To uphold the professional status of editors and proofreaders

Aim 3

To encourage the use of services offered by SfEP members

Formed in November 1988, the SfEP now has about 2100 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 members communicate with each other via a number of popular membership-only forums, a growing repository of the Society's collective wisdom and experience, and the Society publishes regular resources for members and the public.

Find out more about the Society:

Meet the team
SfEP directors and staff, what they are responsible for, their forward planning and the dates of their meetings
Frequently asked questions about copyediting and proofreading
Advertising through the Society
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
Judith Butcher Award
Established in 2011, this award 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
Honorary members
People the Society has honoured since 1988

Company details


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

Company secretary

Jane Muir (Derringtons)
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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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