Join the Ideas on Fire team

About us

Our mission: helping scholars change the world

We are an academic publishing and consulting agency helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.

We know the most important political, social, and economic change happens at the intersections of diverse social justice movements and intellectual traditions.

Interdisciplinary scholarship is always tied to the artistic and activist communities from which it springs and to which it is accountable.

We help authors write and publish powerful interdisciplinary scholarship that shapes better worlds.

Why work with us

Flexibility

Our transnational team has always been fully remote so you can work from wherever you want. We find projects to fit your individual needs and availability.

Robust systems

Clear workflows, personalized feedback, and prompt payment to help you do your best work. We thrive on organization so you always have what you need.

Supportive community

Support and camaraderie from fellow team members mean you always have folks to turn to for ideas, answers, or even just check-ins.

Room to grow

Ongoing professional development and resources so you can learn new things, try out new roles, experiment with new tools, and grow in your skills.

Open positions

We receive a very large number of applications so if you are interested in a position, please get your application in as soon as possible.

If you think you can help serve our clients and deliver our core services but don’t see a role below that fits your skillset, feel free to send an email cover letter and resume to general@ideasonfire.net. We’ll keep your materials on file and let you know if a role opens up you may be a good fit for.

When you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. After that, if we decide to move forward with your application, we will email you to schedule a Zoom interview.

Academic book indexers

Quick info

  • Type: part-time, independent contractor role.
  • Location: 100% remote, you can work from any location
  • Frequency: Per-project basis, most of our indexers work on 1–2 indexes per month
  • Reports to: Dr. Cathy Hannabach (founder & CEO) + project managers on individual projects
  • Pay: USD $4.50 per indexable page
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Work begins: As soon as possible

Description

We are looking for social justice-oriented indexers with a minimum of 1 year professional experience indexing academic books in the interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences fields we index in.

Ideas on Fire indexers are responsible for crafting interdisciplinary and thorough back-of-the-book indexes that allow diverse groups of readers to navigate our authors’ books, build on those books to create their own scholarship, and ultimately build better worlds.

As a social justice-oriented company, we know that citations are inherently political. Who and what is included in an index not only affects tenure and promotion but also reflects whose ideas and lives are thought to matter—thus, Ideas on Fire indexes highlight the full range of thinkers, artists, concepts, and histories cited in each book.

Responsibilities

  • You’ll work from publisher-issued, typeset page proofs to write back-of-the-book indexes with entries, subentries, and cross references that include the full range of names, key concepts/terms, methodologies, and themes cited in each book.
  • You’ll run full-book searches for all entries and subentries to ensure all locators are included and the index is comprehensive and complete.
  • You’ll use Cindex or SKY to build, format, and check your indexes and then export all index drafts to Microsoft Word where you’ll receive IoF edits and feedback using Track Changes.
  • You’ll revise your drafts based on IoF edits and feedback to ensure the index is complete, thorough, and speaks to the interdisciplinary audiences of each book.
  • You’ll ensure all your index drafts fulfill the project brief provided to you at the beginning of each project.

Requirements

  • You have at least 1 year professional experience indexing academic books in the interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences.
  • You love getting detailed feedback on your index drafts and process, and you love improving your work based on that feedback.
  • You have fantastic US English written communication skills.
  • You are deeply familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • You have your own computer, Cindex or SKY, Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader or Apple Preview, and a reliable high-speed internet connection.
  • You regularly pursue professional indexing development/training to improve your skills, keep up on industry changes and best practices, and learn new techniques and tools.

When you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. If we decide to move forward with your application, we will email you to schedule a Zoom interview.

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