Fast and Thorough Academic Book Indexing
We are the UK’s leading academic book indexing company. Our academic indexing service is peerless in its quality and remarkable with regard to turnaround time. Our brilliant academic indexers can work to the most exacting briefs and deadlines, including indexing in a range of modern and classical languages, at pre-proof or proof stage. We have indexed for all of the major academic publishers in the humanities, law, social sciences, and STEM, comfortably overdelivering within very narrow time windows. Our indexing clients return time and again thanks to the superlative quality, speed, and rigour of our service. We have produced academic indexes for the world’s most pre-eminent academics, excelling under pressure to ensure publication deadlines are always met with time to spare. Our indexes start from £10 per 1,000 indexable words.
To date, we have created indexes for publishers including Bloomsbury, Brill, Berghahn Books, De Gruyter, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, MIT Press, Harvard University Press, Routledge, Springer, Peeters, Peter Lang, Palgrave Macmillan, and Wiley-Blackwell.
How We Work
Your Lex Academic indexer will pore through your manuscript, collating all key words (and, where relevant, names and sources), creating an informative—and user-friendly—inventory of terms. Being a PhD-educated subject expert in their own right, your specially-selected index editor will already be cognizant of terms that cannot be left out of your index. Your index editor can perform the task of indexing at pre-proof or proof stage, the latter of which will involve pagination. We are happy to liaise directly with your publisher at any point.
We can create embedded indexes using XML tags, or back-of-the-book indexes using PDF proofs.
For clients who want an insight into our indexing process, we have created a handy and concise blog article (which may also encourage you to do your own indexing!): https://www.lexacademic.com/blog/diy-indexing-for-academic-authors/
We have uniquely strong expertise in classical and philosophical indexing. We can also index in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Indexes can be short and sweet or utterly exhaustive. We can provide all-inclusive indexes, as well as individual indexes of topics and names (as requested), and specialised inventories of technical or foreign terms (including Latin and Greek for Classicists). We can create dedicated indexes for personal names (index nominum), places (index locorum), words (index verborum), and sources (index/apparatus fontium).
“Claire Minton in Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle pronounces that indexing is ‘a thing that only the most amateurish author undertook to do for his own book.’ After reviewing the wonderful work that Lex Academic did with a book I was co-editing on mother absence in the ancient world for Peeters, I found myself completely in agreement with this sentiment. Lex Academic communicated clearly and promptly, set appropriate expectations and reasonable deadlines, and delivered the work on time. They constructed for us two expert indexes: an index locorum and a subject index. Nor was this an easy book to index, given the range of sources and topics covered, from classical Greek art to late antique biblical and Jewish exegesis (and much in between!). Lex Academic’s fees reflect the level of their professionalism and the quality of their product.” — Professor David M. Ratzan, New York University
Can we help with anything else?
Ensure your entire manuscript is submission-ready with our extraordinary academic Proofreading, Copy-Editing, and Substantive Editing. Our impeccable author services include correcting all typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. Where desired, we can make stylistic and substantive changes to your work that promise a powerful first impression with major publishers. Our authors have published with all of the top-tier publishing houses, including Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Peter Lang, Princeton University Press, and Routledge.
Authors or publishers interested in our services should get in touch with our Managing Editor detailing their editorial requirements and publication ambitions.