Back-of-the-book indexing in the Netherlands today

Bosschieter, Pierke
October 2006
Indexer;Oct2006, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p86
Academic Journal
The article presents an assessment of back-of-the-book indexing in the Netherlands, which the author compiled through interviews with publishers, editors, authors, teachers and software developers. While name indexes are relatively common, subject indexes appear to be practically non-existent in Dutch publications. The indexes which do exist are of poor quality due to the fact that authors and publishers are unaware how challenging it is to compile them, and of their value to researchers. The author notes that there is hope for the future, as illustrated in the formation of the professional society, the Netherlands Indexers Network.


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