Directory of Editorial Services

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Looking for a professional editor, proofreader or editorial project manager? Our Directory lists CIEP members with proven qualifications, substantial experience, specialist expertise and good references from clients. Search the Directory for your required genre, subject area or editorial skill. More tips on using the Directory are below.

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Search the Directory

Enter one or more keywords and then click Search. Your keywords can specify a particular subject area, genre, skill and/or type of publication.

Who is included in the Directory?

Only Professional Members and Advanced Professional Members can take out an entry in the Directory. These members have achieved this status by providing evidence of a substantial body of experience and training as well as positive references from clients (see Individual membership grades for more information).

  • An Advanced Professional Member will have at least 1500 hours of experience and a very significant amount of training, some of which needs to have been done recently. They also need to have given us at least two good references.
  • A Professional Member will have at least 500 hours of experience and a significant amount of training, though they do not need as much as an Advanced Professional Member. They need to have given us at least one good reference.
  • An Intermediate Member needs to have done at least 100 hours of experience and some training.
  • Anybody can at the moment join the CIEP as an Entry-Level Member while they build up enough training and experience to move up the membership grades.

Any member can take the CIEP basic editorial test, which assesses knowledge of UK publishing practice.

Members' entries may include some or all of the following:

  • subject areas and genres – bold for specialist expertise
  • skills and experience
  • recent training
  • recent clients and testimonials
  • media or specialised software in which they work
  • qualifications and awards
  • SfEP accredited or registered status (see SfEP qualifications).

Contacting Directory entrants

Each Directory entry includes the member's preferred method(s) of being contacted. If you have difficulty in getting in touch with any entrant, contact the CIEP office for help.

The CIEP encourages companies and other organisations to add a link to the CIEP Directory of Editorial Services on their websites, as long as we have agreed first. To make this as easy as possible, we've supplied code and our logo to download. See Linking to the CIEP Directory of Editorial Services.

To reach all our members, or a specific subsection of them, you may also wish to take out a paid Announce advertisement.


The Directory evolves constantly through feedback both from its users and from members of the CIEP. Please send suggestions for improvements to the digital services director.


  • The CIEP Directory of Editorial Services should be considered a point of first contact. There is insufficient space in an entry to describe any individual's skills and abilities fully, and prospective clients must satisfy themselves that members are capable of the work on offer.
  • The members themselves are responsible for their own entries and the CIEP has not made any attempt to vet them. The Institute therefore cannot be held responsible for the quality of work of any member listed in the Directory.
  • Inclusion in the Directory as a freelance does not necessarily mean that the member is self-employed as defined by HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.