The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is Canada’s national association of indexers. We invite you to find an indexer for your project, read our publications, discover our conferences, events, and resources for indexers, find out about membership, and learn about the Society.

Find an indexer

Find an indexer who works in the subject area of your project.

Find resources

Find information about indexes, indexing practices, and training in indexing.

Attend an event

Attend a local meeting of indexers or attend the annual conference.

Become a member

Join the Society and enjoy the benefits of membership.

ISC/SCI at 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is pleased to announce that we will have a booth at the Expo for the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, run by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in May. Congress is the largest gathering of academics in Canada. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, 10,600 people registered to attend. This year Congress is back to being in person, at York University in Toronto. We’re excited to have the opportunity to talk with scholars and publishers throughout the academic humanities about what indexers do and how to find one. We can’t wait to show off how great our indexers are!

Learn more about Congress here.

Registration Now Open for ISC/SCI Conference 2023 in Newfoundland

The Indexing Society of Canada/Société canadienne d’indexation invites you to join us at our annual conference on June 9 and 10, 2023, at the Murray Premises Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

This year’s conference theme is “See also Newfoundland.”

Special sessions include the following:

  • a representative from Palgrave Macmillan on their in-house production process for indexes
  • an optometrist on good eye care

Sessions on indexing practices include improving your efficiency (Pierke Bosschieter) and project management (Sergey Lobachev). Information sessions include talks on Mondeca (Glenda Browne), music texts (Paula Clarke Baine), and medieval names and glosses (Jolanta Komornicka). You will also hear highlights from an illustrious indexing career (Mary Newberry), an epic tale of an epic index (Ronnie Seagren), and all about writing a book on indexing (Stephen Ullstrom).

To welcome you to Newfoundland we’ve also organized a special get-together on Thursday afternoon: a boat tour of the harbour that can include sightings of icebergs, whales, and puffins. There is a separate charge for this sought-after event.

The conference will be followed on Sunday afternoon by an optional half-day live-indexing workshop by Stephen Ullstrom to demonstrate his work methods (separate charge).

Conference packages are available for Friday only, Saturday only, or for both days. The Murray Premises Hotel is giving attendees discounted rates for accommodations; these discounts are available for five days before and five days after the conference.

Visit the conference page for more details and registration.

Come to Conference 2023 in St. John’s, Newfoundland! #IndexCanCon2023

Things to do in St. John’s: The Rooms

Come and ask your indexing questions at the ISC/SCI Annual Conference 2023 … and check out The Rooms.

Photo credit: The Rooms

The Rooms is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space—full of history, heritage, and art.

As their website explains:

“The Rooms’ unique design mirrors the fishing rooms where families came together to process their catch.”

What is a fishing room? “[It’s] a reference to the simple gable-roofed sheds (called ‘fishing rooms’) that were once so common at the waterline in Newfoundland fishing villages.”

And that’s why they named the building the ‘The Rooms”!

“This building, like the collections and exhibitions it houses, represents a tribute to our people and a place in which to preserve our history and culture for generations to come.”

Getting to The Rooms is a 15-minute walk (200 feet or 62 meters uphill) from our conference venue, the Murray Premises Hotel.

The conference takes place in St. John’s, Newfoundland June 9–10. Learn more about the conference at #IndexCanCon2023

Reminder of Submission Deadline: ISC/SCI Ewart-Daveluy Award for Excellence in Indexing 2023

Submission deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Submissions are open! The application has never been easier.

  • It’s all online.
  • You don’t need a hard copy — a PDF of the published book AND/OR the PDF sent to you by the publisher plus your Word/RTF file of the index.
  • The cost is only $30.
  • We provide feedback for up to three runners-up.

No restriction to the subject matter or genre — textbooks, cookbooks, guidebooks, memoirs, art books, how-to books, travel books, all books — it’s your index we will be looking at.

Show us how you creatively overcame challenges, resulting in an outstanding, well-structured, easy-to-navigate, clear and comprehensive guide for all of its users.

Give us a challenge. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Maybe you’ll get the prize (which won’t happen if you don’t apply). And if not, you’re very likely to get expert confidential feedback. That’s worth a lot.

This year you can submit indexes published in 2021 and 2022. If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, this is the time to do it. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may submit an index if you were a member of ISC/SCI at the time you wrote the index.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2023. Please see the ISC/SCI website for guidelines, criteria, and the submission form:

Audrey McClellan, Coordinator

2023 ISC/SCI Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award 

François Trahan and Stephen Ullstrom