Indexing News

  • Happy Halloween!
  • Upcoming Special ASI Event: Getting Better! Improving the indexing mind, body and business, December 2, 2022. Highlights include Pilar Wyman, “Best Practices and Rookie Mistakes (that even experienced indexers can make),” and more. As an indexer, questions of how to handle specific challenges can often be answered by referencing Best Practices guidelines. But how do you move through day-to-day choices without making rookie mistakes? In this virtual session, I will guide you through some of the most common errors and offer insight on how to keep them from tripping you up. I will review typical mistakes and trends, how to prevent them, and how to align your index work with indexing best practices. Join me!
  • Updated Standard on Criteria for Indexes (ANSI/NISO Z39.4) is now available. Download your copy here. The updated standard provides guidelines for the content, organization, and presentation of indexes. It deals with the principles of indexing — regardless of the type of material indexed, the indexing method used, the medium of the index, or the method of presentation for searching. I am grateful to everyone who provided feedback on the draft standard, especially our Working Group members who came from different indexing backgrounds and shared their deep knowledge of indexing across various perspectives. The new Z39.4 standard is usable by a broad spectrum of organizations and users, and provides a more efficient and effective experience for everyone who creates or uses indexes. The NISO Z39.4 standard is available at
  • Did you miss my live webinar on embedded indexing with Index-Manager? Download the replay here. During this webinar “Indexing with Index Manager: Indexing and Embedding the Forest and the Trees,” I demonstrated how I use Index-Manager for writing quality indexes with headings, subheadings, cross-references, and ranges. I also showed how I edit my work, and how I export for final embedded publication (and re-publication, as you wish). Writing, editing, and embedding index entries can all be done with professional indexing software. Watch this webinar to learn how to craft and edit simple and complex index entries, with page ranges and with cross-references, and how to export and review your embedded indexes.
  • An English-language manual for Index-Manager is also available. Download your copy here. This manual  has a linked and embedded index, of course.
  • I highly recommend the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, a superb guide for authors and editors, especially for Chapter 13, Medical Indexes. NB: The just-released 11th Edition does not include the chapter on Medical Indexes.