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Academic Book Indexers

Ideas on Fire is looking to add more freelance academic book indexers to our indexing team.

We are looking for social justice-oriented indexers with 2+ years experience writing back-of-the-book indexes covering interdisciplinary academic fields such as cultural studies, queer studies, film/media studies, transgender studies, women’s studies, ethnic studies, performance/dance studies, communication studies, disability studies, and related fields (see our portfolio for the types of projects we work on).

Ideas on Fire indexes are fundamentally interdisciplinary. Their goal is to allow diverse groups of readers to navigate the book in question and build on it to create their own scholarship.

Qualities we’re looking for

You are committed to interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented work and want to help our clients create awesome feminist, queer, racial justice, disability justice, and economic justice projects.

You are experienced writing back-of-the-book indexes that follow academic publishers’ specific formatting requirements, most of which are governed by the Chicago Manual of Style.

You are comfortable working on multiple concurrent projects in a fast-paced work environment.

You are professional, organized, and thorough. You always, always, always meet deadlines.

You have fantastic English writing and oral communication skills.

You are deeply familiar with 2 or more of the major humanities/social sciences academic style manuals: Chicago (notes/bibliography and author/date), APA, MLA, Harvard.

You work well independently, are comfortable problem-solving to find solutions, and structure your time, tools, and communication practices to ensure you do your best work.

You have your own computer; Microsoft Word, CINDEX or SKY (or similar), and regular and reliable internet access.

Bonus: If you have experience writing embedded indexes, let us know.

This is a part-time, independent contractor position and projects are assigned based on indexers’ subject matter expertise, indexing specializations, and availability.


2+ years indexing English-language academic books in the humanities and social sciences.


Writing back-of-the-book indexes with entries, subentries, and cross-references that cover names, titles, significant concepts, and key terms.

Working from publisher-issued page proofs to craft indexes that speak to the diverse interdisciplinary audiences for each book.

Proofreading index drafts in Microsoft Word and incorporating changes based on feedback.

All indexes are carefully reviewed by the IoF CEO before being returned to clients both at the draft stage and the final stage. At the beginning of each project, indexers are provided with a thorough project brief and at the end of each project, they are given feedback on their work as well as recommendations for future projects.


Microsoft Word 2010 or later; CINDEX, SKY, or similar; Adobe Reader or Preview; Slack; Asana; Google Drive.


This is an independent contractor position and you can work remotely from wherever you are.

IoF is a fully remote company with team members located across North America.


Pay is per project and based on the number of indexable pages and turn-around time. You’ll know the full payment amount (as well as turn-around, word count, subject area, manuscript type, and other logistics) before you decide whether or not to take on a project.


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