The Society of Indexers (SI) was established in 1957, its journal, The Indexer, following in 1958. At first little more than the SI house journal or newsletter, it developed over the years into what it now proudly calls itself: 'The International Journal of Indexing', published on behalf of all the indexing societies. It has grown from the 28 pages of its first, bi-annual, issue to the 48 pages, quarterly, of today, and has moved from the cutting and pasting that comprised so much of the early editorial task to full online publication. Despite predictions from time to time that there was a limit to how much could be usefully written about indexing, the flow of good material has now continued unabated for some 50 years, always topical but always representative of its time. From the beginning, The Indexer has aspired to the very best contemporary journal practice. That remains the challenge for today.
The Indexer is published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies, seeks to cover the full range of subjects, from articles at the cutting edge of new techniques to contributions discussing in a practical way the new tools available to indexers at all points in the technical spectrum or exploring the history of indexing. Its extensive reviews section covers both printed and electronic material, including websites and hardware and software of interest to the indexer, while 'Indexes Reviewed' highlights some of the best (and worst) examples of indexing in action. And, in 'Around the World', it keeps readers up to date with what is going on across the international indexing community. First published in 1958 on a twice-yearly basis, it moved in 2008 to a quarterly publication.