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Academic Book Indexing

An index is your book's road map. It ensures readers can find, use, and cite your book.

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You just wrote a book!

All those years of research, writing, brainstorming, pitching, re-writing, losing sleep, and re-writing some more have finally paid off and here you sit with a publishing contract in hand and a killer book to contribute to the world. Congratulations! This is the book that can shake up your field, that can put you in conversation with internationally-acclaimed authors, that can get you tenure. It’s real, finally.

Your publisher tells you when your page proofs will arrive (yay!) and then promptly asks who is doing your index.

Our team of professional academic book indexers is here to help

Why do you need a professional book index?

It orients your readers to the unique arguments and ideas your book offers

It connects your work to that of other authors, ensuring your contribution to scholarly debates 

It ensures your readers can cite and build on your book in their own work

  • Gayatri Gopinath wearing a black shirt and gold hoop earrings
    I am very grateful for Cathy's quick and efficient work on my index: she zeroed in on the essential concepts of the book and produced an index that is thorough, comprehensive, and detailed. It was a huge relief to turn over this part of the interminable book completion process to such capable hands, and not have to worry about it at all.
    Gayatri Gopinath
    Gayatri Gopinath, author of Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora, and possible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures
  • María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo 2
    Ideas on Fire's indexing exceeded my expectations. I was thoroughly impressed with their understanding of the concepts that I was working with, and they even realized some more concepts that I didn’t know that I was working with. Ideas on Fire is meticulous in their work because of their genuine passion for the material at hand. They approaches the index as the potential audience for the book. Fantastic!
    María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo
    author of Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States
  • Lynn Comella
    Handing over my book's index to Ideas on Fire was one of the best decisions I made. Knowing that the index was in the hands of professionals allowed me to focus on my page proofs without the additional stress of compiling one on my own. The Ideas on Fire team really understand the value of a well-crafted index and the role it plays for readers. But more than this, they know how to compile one that is detailed, comprehensive, and academically robust.
    Lynn Comella
    author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure
IoF indexers: Cathy Hannabach, Sarah Grey, Emma Warnken Johnson

Meet the indexers

Each of our indexers—Cathy Hannabach, Sarah Grey, and Emma Warnken Johnson—has extensive experience indexing and editing (not to mention publishing) interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented scholarship in cultural studies, gender studies, African American studies, transgender studies, queer theory, disability studies, communication, Latin American studies, social justice movements, area studies, dance, film/media, and performance.

We know that interdisciplinary research comes with unique challenges and we hire the best indexers and editors to ensure your work shines.

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  • Yolanda Covington-Ward
    I was looking for a good indexer and I knew that Cathy is super intelligent, pays attention to detail, and is familiar with my research areas. Ideas on Fire even gave me some additional proofreading revisions to improve the manuscript. Ideas on Fire is thorough, efficient, and professional, and did an excellent job with my index.
    Yolanda Covington-Ward
    author of Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo
  • Jill Dolan
    Ideas on Fire and Cathy constructed the index for three of my recent books (Wendy Wasserstein, Theatre and Sexuality, and The Feminist Spectator in Action), and I’d be delighted to hire them again. They're prompt, efficient, effective, and very good at what she does. They did an excellent job working under a tight deadline. Their work is thorough and precise, and collaborating with them is a pleasure.
    Jill Dolan
    author of Wendy Wasserstein, Theatre and Sexuality, and The Feminist Spectator in Action
  • Christopher Grobe
    The index created by the Ideas on Fire team is a work of art. I loved seeing the book through their eyes, and I was particularly impressed by some of the broader, big-picture entries they crafted. From the smallest details to the largest conceptual frameworks, this index will make my book easier for anyone to use. I'd recommend these indexing services to anyone but especially to interdisciplinary scholars.
    Christopher Grobe
    author of The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

How we write your index

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You fill our our project inquiry form telling us the details of your project. We evaluate your needs to see if working together would be a good fit, then check our client calendar to determine when we can best complete your project. We then send you a detailed price quote so you can decide what works best for your needs and budget.

Consult

After you've looked over the price quote, we have a discussion by email, phone, or Skype during which we go over the logistics. This is also when you tell us if there are specific entries or subentries you definitely want included. We match you with the Ideas on Fire indexer whose subject area expertise, skill set, and availability best fits your project.

Indexing

You send us the page proofs (the pdf) when you receive them from your publisher. We read through your book multiple times, design the index structure, generate key concepts and terms, fill in page locators, craft the cross references scheme, and proofread the index.

Delivery

We deliver as a Microsoft Word document an index draft that highlights the unique contribution your book makes in your fields. You send us any revision requests using Track Changes. We then send you the final index within 48 hours of receiving the requested changes.

Pricing

Standard Rate

WHAT: Full back-of-the-book index: Entries and cross-references cover names, titles, significant concepts, and key terms

COST: $7 USD per indexable page in the page proofs (includes introduction, preface, all chapters, appendices, figures, and endnotes/footnotes; does not include front matter and bibliography)

TURN-AROUND: 25 days after receiving page proofs from you we send you an index draft for review. You let us know if you want any revisions and 48 hours after receiving the requested revision we send you the final index for your to send to your publisher. This turn-around reflects most academic publishers' timeline of a month to complete the index.

Rush Rate

WHAT: Full back-of-the-book index. Entries and cross-references cover names, titles, significant concepts, and key terms

COST: $10 USD per indexable page in the page proofs (includes introduction, preface, all chapters, appendices, figures, and endnotes/footnotes; does not include front matter and bibliography)

TURN-AROUND: 14 days after receiving page proofs from you we send you an index draft for review. You let us know if you want any revisions and 48 hours after receiving the requested revision we send you the final index for your to send to your publisher.

A few of the books we've indexed

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  • Cover of Jian Neo Chen's book Trans Exploits : Trans of Color Culture and Technologies in Movement. Cover shows a repeated image of a performer in a silver outfit and black hat against a stone background

    Trans Exploits

    *Indexing, Art, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Duke, Queer Studies, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Arundhati Roy's book My Seditious Heart : Collected Non-Fiction. Cover shows Roy on a sidewalk as a motorcycle with three men drive past

    My Seditious Heart

    *Indexing, Activism, Gender Studies, History, Political Economy, Politics, Press: Haymarket
  • Cover of Aren Aizura's book Mobile Subjects. Cover is black with red letters and "Rubyscape" depicts red and pink swirled liquid with red bubbles each containing a person wearing a red shirt

    Mobile Subjects

    *Editing, *Indexing, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Press: Duke, Queer Studies, Science & Technology Studies
  • Cover of Gayatri Gopinath's book Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora. Cover contains a black and white image by Akram Zaatari, "Abed, a tailor. Madani’s parents’ home, the studio, 1948–53,” from Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices

    Unruly Visions

    *Indexing, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Press: Duke, Queer Studies, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda Carty's edited book Feminist Freedom Warriors. Cover is yellow, red, and green with Favianna Rodriguez's art work "Migration is Beautiful" featuring three illustrated women

    Feminist Freedom Warriors

    *Indexing, Activism, Gender Studies, Press: Haymarket
  • Cover of Aymar Jean Christian's book Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television. Cover is white with raised blocks and a multicolored band at top and bottom

    Open TV

    *Editing, *Indexing, Communication, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: NYU, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Marisol LeBrón's book Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico. Cover shows police in riot gear squaring off against unarmed protesters

    Policing Life & Death

    *Indexing, Activism, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, Politics, Press: Univ. of California
  • Cover of Eliza Steinbock's book Shimmering Images : Trans Cinema, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Change

    Shimmering Images

    *Indexing, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Press: Duke, Queer Studies, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Lynn Comella's book Vibrator Nation : How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. Cover is yellow with multicolored vibrators

    Vibrator Nation

    *Indexing, Activism, Communication, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Press: Duke, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Dean Spade's book Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the limits of Law. Cover contains four woven squares with graphic yellow, green, and blue design

    Normal Life

    *Indexing, Activism, Gender Studies, Press: Duke, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Meryl Alper's book Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality. Cover is black with yellow type and white sound waves radiating out from the center where the title is

    Giving Voice

    *Indexing, Communication, Disability Studies, Media Studies, Press: MIT, Science & Technology Studies
  • Cover of Heath Fogg Davis's book Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? Cover contains a close up of a person looking directly at the camera, with white writing over their face

    Beyond Trans

    *Editing, *Indexing, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Press: NYU, Queer Studies
  • Cover of John Cheney-Lippold's book We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves. Cover shows a woman's head and torso with floppy disks projected onto her body

    We Are Data

    *Indexing, Communication, Digital Humanities, Media Studies, Press: NYU, Science & Technology Studies
  • Cover of Julie Burelle's book Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Québec. Cover contains one canvas from artist Nadia Myre's series Indian Act, which is dark grey with a red beaded canvas in the middle with blurred writing on it, taped with tan tape

    Encounters on Contested Lands

    *Editing, *Indexing, Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Northwestern
  • Cover of Nora Draper's book The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online, white cover with black barcode and red lettering

    The Identity Trade

    *Editing, *Indexing, Communication, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: NYU
  • Cover of Yana Weinstein and Megan Sumeracki's book Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide, cover is light blue with white icons referring to learning (heads, lamps, chat boxes, binoculars, batteries, clipboards)

    Understanding How We Learn

    *Indexing, Education, Press: Routledge
  • Cover of Mack Hagood's book Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control. Cover contains a Baroque painting of two people, one turned away wearing Beats headphones and the other pulling them toward them

    Hush

    *Indexing, Communication, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: Duke, Sound Studies
  • Cover of Liz Montegary's book Familiar Perversions: The Racial, Sexual, and Economic Politics of LGBT Families." Bright red cover with white and black writing

    Familiar Perversions

    *Indexing, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies
  • Cover of María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo's book Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States. Cover has a multicolored creature wearing a brightly colored headdress. Tiny human figures on the ground push abstract potted trees toward the creature

    Indian Given

    *Indexing, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latinx Studies, Press: Duke
  • Cover of Megan Ankerson's book Dot-Com Design: The Rise of a Useable, Social, Commercial Web, images of computer windows and websites overlaid on each other

    Dot-Com Design

    *Editing, *Indexing, Communication, Cultural Studies, History, Media Studies, Press: NYU, Science & Technology Studies
  • Cover of book: Inderpal Grewal, Saving the Security State. Cover is white, with red bricks stacked into the shape of a plus symbol

    Saving the Security State

    *Editing, *Indexing, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Press: Duke
  • Cover of Michael Serazio's book The Power of Sports: Media and Spectacle in American Culture

    The Power of Sports

    *Indexing, American Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: NYU
  • Cover of Gayle Salamon's book The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia. Cover is brown with abstract receipt-like printouts

    The Life and Death of Latisha King

    *Indexing, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Press: NYU, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Minh-Ha T. Pham's book Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging. Cover shows Susie Bubble wearing orange and blue chevron-patterned pants an a multicolored shirt

    Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet

    *Editing, *Indexing, Asian American Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Duke, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Patricia White's book Women's Cinema, World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms. Cover shows a person wearing a white flowered dress walking down a deserted road toward the camera

    Women’s Cinema, World Cinema

    *Indexing, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Press: Duke, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Olivia Banner's book Communicative Capitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities. Cover is blue and purple with abstract images of synapses

    Communicative Biocapitalism

    *Indexing, Communication, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: Michigan, Science & Technology Studies
  • Cover of Simeon Man's book Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific. Cover contains author and title in yellow and white text on a black and white photo of Asian men in their underwear with hands raised being led out of a village street by Asian soldiers in uniform

    Soldiering through Empire

    *Indexing, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Politics, Press: Univ. of California
  • Cover of Lisa Jackson-Schebetta's book Traveler, There Is No Road: Theatre, the Spanish Civil War, and the Decolonial Imagination in the Americas. Cover contains title and author in black and white text against a black background containing an illustration of a flamenco dancer wearing a black dress and holding an animal skull mask

    Traveler, There Is No Road

    *Indexing, Latinx Studies, Performance Studies
  • Cover of Judith Hamera's book Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization. Cover contains title and author in pale yellow text against a black background. Photo above is Tyree Guyton's art installation the Heidelberg Project and the photo below is Michael Jackson wearing his signature white globe and sunglasses waving at the camera with Nancy and Ronald Reagan as well as two other people in suite accompanying him.

    Unfinished Business

    *Indexing, American Studies, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Dance Studies, Ethnic Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Oxford, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Clare Croft's edited book Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings. Cover contains author and title in red text against a photo of a dancer in a grey tshirt and black pants with his head and shoulder on the floor, supporting his legs above his head in the air

    Queer Dance

    *Indexing, Dance Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Oxford, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Christopher Grobe's book The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

    The Art of Confession

    *Indexing, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Performance Studies, Press: NYU
  • Cover of Julia Himberg's book The New Gay for Pay: The Sexual Politics of American Television Production. Cover contains title and author in black text against a white background and a television with a rainbow screen

    The New Gay for Pay

    *Indexing, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: Univ. of Texas, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Elizabeth Ellcessor's book Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation. Cover contains author and title in white and yellow text against light green background illustration of a circuit board

    Restricted Access

    *Indexing, Communication, Disability Studies, Media Studies, Press: NYU
  • Cover of Vincent Doyle's book Making Out in the Mainstream. Cover contains author and title in yellow and teal writing overlaid on a black and white photo of two men embracing, one kissing the other's head.

    Making Out in the Mainstream

    *Indexing, Activism, Communication, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: McGill-Queen's Univ., Queer Studies
  • Cover of Adrienne Shaw's book Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture. Cover shows glitch art of multicolored fields and a pink sky with clouds

    Gaming at the Edge

    *Editing, *Indexing, Communication, Cultural Studies, Game Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Press: Minnesota, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Yolanda Covington-Ward's book Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo. Cover shows a man and a woman dancing and wearing long white clothing, musicians also in white are in the background playing music

    Gesture and Power

    *Indexing, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Dance Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Duke, Religious Studies
  • Cover of Clare Croft's book Dancers as Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange. Cover has three dancers sitting on the ground in brighly colored tank tops and pants and above their heads are three more dancers in the same costumes flipping upside down

    Dancers as Diplomats

    *Editing, *Indexing, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Dance Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Oxford
  • Cover of Gayle Salamon's book Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality. Cover shows a person's bare back, with another person's arm reaching toward them and another arm crossed across the cover, overlaid with a image of telephone poles in a dusty field

    Assuming a Body

    *Editing, *Indexing, Gender Studies, Press: Columbia, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Christina Hanhardt's book Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence. Cover contains author and title in yellow and black text overlaid on a photo of protesters carrying signs that say "Stop attacks on lesbians and gays, carry a whistle"

    Safe Space

    *Indexing, Activism, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, Press: Duke, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Nicole Starosielski's book The Undersea Network. Cover contains title and author in white text against a photo of a beach with undersea cables running from the sand into the water

    The Undersea Network

    *Indexing, Communication, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Press: Duke, Science & Technology Studies
  • Cover of Emilio Bejel's book José Martí: Images of Memory and Mourning. Cover is an oil painting by Vicente Dopico Lerner with Martí wearing a black suit and tie with yellow paint on the top part of his face

    José Martí

    *Editing, *Indexing, Cultural Studies, History, Latinx Studies, Literary Studies, Press: Palgrave Macmillan, Queer Studies, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Laurie Frederick's book Trumpet in the Mountains: Theater and the Politics of National Culture in Cuba. Cover contains title and author in black and white text on a rust red background, and a photo of a person on a horse and a person carrying papers

    Trumpets in the Mountains

    *Indexing, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Duke
  • Cover of Camille Robcis's book The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Family in France. Cover is white with a black and white line drawing image and a red strip down the side

    The Law of Kinship

    *Indexing, Anthropology, History, Press: Cornell
  • Cover of Brooke Duffy's book Remake, Remodel: Women's Magazines in the Digital Age. Cover contains subtitle and author in black text against a yellow strip against a stack of magazine spines that all read "remake, remodel"

    Remake, Remodel

    *Indexing, Communication, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Press: Univ. of Illinois
  • Cover of Jill Dolan's book Theatre and Sexuality. Cover contains title and author in white and black text against a red background with a giant white ampersand

    Theatre and Sexuality

    *Indexing, Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Charlotte Biltekoff's book Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health. Cover is a multicolored wheel with food items distributed to look like food groups

    Eating Right in America

    *Indexing, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Food Studies, History, Press: Duke
  • Cover of Anthony Petro's book After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion. Cover is hot pink with white and black writing

    After the Wrath of God

    *Indexing, American Studies, History, Queer Studies, Religious Studies
  • Cover of Katie King's book Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell. Cover contains title and author in yellow and white text against a dark grey background and a photo of an art installation

    Networked Reenactments

    *Indexing, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, Gender Studies, History, Media Studies, Press: Duke, Visual Studies
  • Cover of Jill Dolan's book The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for the Stage and Screen. Cover is hot pink with a large bright yellow exclamation point and yellow and white text

    The Feminist Spectator in Action

    *Indexing, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Press: Palgrave Macmillan, Queer Studies
  • Cover of Nick Turse's book Tomorrow's Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa. Cover contains title and author in black text against a white background and a photo of white US soldiers in uniform trying to break through a police or military barrier of Black soldiers in green uniforms holding police shields

    Tomorrow’s Battlefield

    *Indexing, History, Politics, Press: Haymarket
  • Simeon Man wearing black glasses and a grey shirt
    I felt confident working with Ideas on Fire because of recommendations from friends and colleagues. I appreciated the quick turn around and prompt communication throughout the process. The index was completely in a timely manner, and it looks great.
    Simeon Man
    Simeon Man, author of Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific
  • Dean Spade
    I had never had to index a book before, and didn’t know what the process was or what it really involved, so I was a bit unsure how it would go. I was very relieved when my colleague recommended Ideas on Fire and said they were great. It was so great to have an expert to do this.
    Dean Spade
    author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
  • Brooke Duffy
    I’m so grateful that I chose Ideas on Fire; they are organized, have a keen eye for detail, and are well acquainted with the particularities of publishing an academic book. They created a comprehensive, consistent, and clearly organized index well ahead of schedule—and even caught errors the copyeditor overlooked!
    Brooke Duffy
    author of (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work, and Remake/Remodel
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