Publishing and communication

ASLIB: Association for Information Management

Promotes best practice in field of information management and raises awareness of relevant legislation at national and international levels.

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)

International trade association for not-for-profit publishers and those who work with them. [CO]

The Book Trade Charity

Book trade's own welfare charity, with free helpline. Formerly the BTBS (Book Trade Benevolent Society).

Booksellers Association

Represents over 3,100 bookshops, ranging from large chains to small independent booksellers. [CO]

BPIF (British Printing Industries Federation)

Principal business support organisation for UK print, printed packaging and graphic communication industry.

CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers.

IoIC: Institute of Internal Communication

UK's leading professional body for in-house, freelance and agency staff involved in corporate, employee or other business communications. [CO]

IoL: Chartered Institute of Linguists

Serves interests of professional linguists throughout world and acts as language assessment and accredited awarding body.

IPG: Independent Publishers Guild

Membership organisation providing forum for exchange of ideas and information.

ISTC: Institute of Scientific and Technical Communication

Largest UK body representing professional communicators and information designers. [CO]

ITI: Institute of Translating & Interpreting

Independent professional association of practising translators and interpreters in UK. [CO]

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Union for journalists and other editorial workers in Britain and Ireland.

Picture Research Association (PRA)

Professional organisation for picture researchers, picture editors and anyone specifically involved in research, management and supply of visual material to media.

PPA: Periodical Publishers Association

Represents publishers of magazines and business-to-business media in UK.

Publishers Association (PA)

Leading trade organisation serving book, journal and electronic publishers in UK.

Publishing Scotland

Lead body for the publishing sector in Scotland, supporting and helping create an environment that allows publishers, writers and content producers to thrive. Formerly the Scottish Publishers Association.

Society of Authors

Serves interests of professional writers in UK. [CO]

Society of Indexers

Promotes indexing, quality of indexes and profession of indexing. [CO]

Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ)

London-based with an international membership, the SWWJ is the UK's longest-established organisation for women writers.

Society of Young Publishers (SYP)

Forum for discussion, contact point and source of information for 18–35-year-olds (over 35s can join as associate members). [CO]

Women in Publishing

Promotes interests of women in all areas of publishing.

Writers' Guild of Great Britain

Union representing writers in TV, film, radio, theatre, animation and books. [CO]