Abi Saffrey

Membership Grade
Advanced Professional Member

About Abi

I provide copy-editing and editorial project management services to book and journal publishers, assessment boards, corporations, banks and research institutions.

I specialise in economics, social policy, politics and education, but am able and willing to work on any social science or humanities subject matter.

See my LinkedIn profile for more information about my experience.

Services offered

  • Copyediting
  • Editorial project management - print and digital products
  • Blog coordination/commissioning


My editorial career began with eight years of working in-house for publishers, corporations and non-departmental public bodies as an editor and project manager. I have worked as a freelance editor, proofreader and project manager for over fifteen years.

  • Author of the CIEP guide Editorial Project Management (1st edition)
  • Co-author of the CIEP guide Your House Style (3rd edition)
  • Co-developer of and tutor for the CIEP's online course Editorial Project Management
  • Copyeditor of the Global Discourse journal (2018–2021)
  • Four months of parental leave cover for the Deputy Editor of a European economics journal
  • Three months of in-house editorial support for Cambridge University Press
  • Two years of project management support for Cambridge Publishing Management
  • SfEP blog coordinator (August 2018–January 2020)
  • SfEP/CIEP Information commissioning editor (January 2020–January 2022)
  • CIEP Information director (September 2021–March 2024)
  • CIEP Vice-chair (March 2024–present)

Qualifications, training and CPD

  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (2023)
  • CIEP annual conferences (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • SfEP annual conferences (2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019)
  • Efficient Editing: Strategies and Tactics webinar (CIEP, 2021)
  • Word for Practical Editing (CIEP, 2021)
  • Essential editorial project management (Publishing Training Centre, 2019)
  • Editorial project management (Publishing Training Centre, 2015)
  • Editing digital products (Publishing Training Centre, 2015)
  • On-screen editing 1 (SfEP, 2009)
  • Brush up your grammar (SfEP, 2006)
  • Introduction to copy-editing (SfEP, 2006)
  • Introduction to proofreading (SfEP, 2006)
  • BA Languages & Linguistics (University of York, 1998)
  • A Levels - Economics (2005), English Literature, French and Sociology (1995)


  • Bristol University Press
  • Cambridge University Press & Assessment
  • Directory of Social Change
  • EMC design
  • Europa Editions
  • Haremi
  • Haus Publishing
  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
  • Pearson
  • The Policy Press
  • RAND Europe



Associated skills

Disclaimer note

The CIEP Directory of Editorial Services should be considered a point of first contact and prospective clients must satisfy themselves that members are capable of the work on offer. The Institute cannot be held responsible for the quality of work provided by any member listed in the directory. The members themselves are responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of their entries in the Directory and the CIEP has not made any attempt to vet them. The institute cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies 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 and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.


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