Editors' Association of Canada

Professional Editorial StandardsFR

What do editors do? That's a question most members of the Editors' Association of Canada have been asked at one time or another, and it's the question addressed by this new edition of Professional Editorial Standards, revised and updated to reflect the skills and knowledge required by editors today.

Professional Editorial Standards is a pivotal document for Editors Canada and for the editing profession. It sets out what editors should do when performing various stages of editing. It tells employers what to expect from the editors they hire. It shows new editors the range of skills and knowledge they should aspire to. It helps Editors Canada, post-secondary institutions, and other training providers to design material, seminars, and courses on editing. And it's the foundation on which Editors Canada's professional certification of editors is built.

NEW! Revised Professional Editorial Standards now in effect

On May 6, 2009, Editors Canada members voted to adopt a revised version of Professional Editorial Standards effective January 1, 2010.

The revised standards—the product of more than two years of research, review and consultation with editors and other publishing industry professionals—differ in several respects from the 1999 version.

  • Standards have been added, deleted, reworded and reorganized throughout to reflect the skills and knowledge that editors currently need to do their work.
  • Standards have been updated to reflect current technologies, to capture print and electronic publications equally, and to be genre-neutral—that is, to describe the core tasks of all editors, regardless of the subject matter or type of publication they work on.
  • The former Part A, "Standards for Structural and Stylistic Editing," has become two separate sets of standards.
  • The former Part D, "Standards for Elementary Knowledge of the Publishing Process," has been renamed "The Fundamentals of Editing." It will now be the first part of Professional Editorial Standards and has been redeveloped to include additional skills and knowledge that all editors need.

The revised standards are organized as follows:

A.  The Fundamentals of Editing (12 standards)
B.  Structural Editing (12 standards)
C.  Stylistic Editing (15 standards)
D.  Copy Editing (18 standards)
E.  Proofreading (18 standards)




A. The Fundamentals of Editing

B. Structural Editing

C. Stylistic Editing

D. Copy Editing

E. Proofreading


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These standards were developed by the Professional Standards Committee of the Editors' Association of Canada, were adopted by the membership on May 6, 2009, and took effect on January 1, 2010. They will continue to be reviewed regularly. Comments and suggestions should be addressed to

Professional Standards Committee
Editors' Association of Canada
505 – 27 Carlton Street
Toronto ON M5B 1L2

Copyright © 2009 Editors' Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs

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