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Preparation of an index, sometimes by professionals but usually by the author. As many academic libraries put an index near the top of their checklist when making purchasing decisions, academic publishers generally insist on their books having an index.

Some of the issues relating to indexing are covered in the blog series mentioned below.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup. It was first referred to in the blog Getting Published in the first of a series of posts on indexing.

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