Fact sheets

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You'll find here some short fact sheets that we have written about various aspects of editing and proofreading or working as an editor. Select the thumbnail image to download the fact sheet. If you are an editor or proofreader you may find some of them useful to pass to clients to explain what you do.

Proofreading or copyediting?

CIEP factsheet: Proofreading vs copyediting

Do you need proofreading or copyediting? This fact sheet summarises some of the differences to help you find the right kind of editor to work on your text. Editors may find it a useful resource to pass onto clients.

Training for proofreading or copyediting

CIEP factsheet: Training for copy-editing or proofreading

This fact sheet lists some of the skills and knowledge you should learn to work as an editorial professional. There’s more to it than being good at spotting typos.

Good practice for author queries

CIEP factsheet: Good practice for author queries

This fact sheet summarises some good practice tips on writing queries to authors, gleaned from the CIEP's experienced trainers and mentors.

Good editorial relationships

CIEP factsheet: Good editorial relationships

This infographic has some top tips for building good working relationships between client and editor.

The publishing workflow

CIEP factsheet: The publishing workflow

This infographic sets out the ideal stages in the publishing workflow, for all sorts of texts from documents to books, and highlights where editors and proofreaders can help.

For CIEP members only

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Being aware of gendered language

CIEP factsheet: Being aware of gendered language

Language can sometimes perpetuate unconscious biases, stereotypes and unfair assumptions. It’s our professional responsibility to advise the authors we work with if their use of gendered language is problematic and to help them to find inclusive alternatives. This fact sheet summarises some of the main points to look out for and how to sensitively raise issues with your author.

Getting your first clients

CIEP factsheet: Getting your first clients

This fact sheet gives some useful tips for getting those all-important first clients when you are starting an editorial business.

Reference books and resources for editors

CIEP factsheet: Reference books and resources for editors

There are very many books and resources on the English language, but you can't (and shouldn't) buy them all when you're starting out. This sheet highlights some of the essentials and priorities for supporting your editorial practice.

Focus papers

The state of gendered language

CIEP focus paper: The state of gendered language

In this discussion paper, Sarah Grey looks at recent changes around gender and language. She starts with a quick review of how language change works, looks at some specific examples of recent changes, and ends with tools you can put to work in your editing to make sure that you stay up to date with language usage.


Editing jobs log

CIEP toolkit: Editing jobs log

A practical tool for recording your editorial jobs, including hours worked, word counts and fees earned. It's also a great tool for recording your experience for upgrading your CIEP membership.