I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). This is a professional UK-based organisation for editors and proofreaders that promotes high editorial standards. I am proud to be a member of this organisation and abide by its code of practice:
The SfEP’s code of practice (CoP), Ensuring editorial excellence, is a really useful resource for editorial workers – editors, proofreaders and project managers, whether working freelance or in-house – and their clients and employers. Its purpose is to establish standards of best practice for SfEP members and help them maintain them and to encourage good professional relationships.
Good communication between client/employer and freelance/employee is essential. Clear briefing and the agreement of terms are vital if high standards are to be maintained by both parties, and unsurprisingly they’re emphasised by the CoP.
In addition, the CoP includes guidance on:
- the professional behaviour of both freelance/employee and client/employer
- standards for proofreading, editing and project management
- information on web editing, electronic file handling, email etiquette, confidentiality and computer security
Since the summer of 2016, I have been co-running the South Warwickshire and Coventry local SfEP group. You can download the code of practice here