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Amanda Eastell Blakely, Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies - Surrey, UK

I joined ISMTE in its 10th anniversary year – to be honest I wish I’d joined earlier.  This unique global society is a must if you work in a journal editorial office.  My role is fairly isolated and ISMTE therefore provides the opportunity to network both in person and online with others dealing with the same day to day challenges as myself.  Furthermore, the annual conference provides continuing education with industry specialists – essential in today’s rapidly evolving publishing landscape.


 Nikki Lazenby, Technica Editorial

 I joined ISMTE as a new graduate of the University of North Carolina who happened upon the field of scholarly publishing editorial work. I cannot say how invaluable of a resource it was for me when I was in the earliest stages of my career. It opened my eyes to the bigger trends of the publishing world and brought me out of my day-to-day tasks. Having now been a member for nearly 10 years, ISMTE continues to be a valuable resource for networking and learning opportunities.


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The International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) launched in 2008, filling an under-served niche within the academic, scientific, medical, technical and professional publishing industry. Established to enhance the professionalism of editorial office staff by providing networking and training infrastructure, establishing best practices and studying and reporting on editorial office practices, ISMTE intends to become an advocate on all issues relating to editorial office operations.

ISMTE Members Are:

  • connected to a network of peers, publishers, vendors, potential clients and employers
  • learning from the experience of other members
  • training and mentoring others
  • involved at the ground level of a growing organization

Membership Levels and Rates
Membership dues are annual and based on the calendar year (January 1 - December 31) and are non-refundable. Renewal notices are sent in November for the next year.

  • Individual Membership - $165

  • Student Membership - $55. Student applicants are asked to submit a letter from program director, on school letterhead, stating that they are a full time student in good standing. Please send letter via email to the  ISMTE Office.

  • Corporate Supported Membership  Click here for more information. Corporate Supporters receive a limited number of complimentary ISMTE memberships and an unlimited number of discounted ISMTE memberships. If you are an employee or affilliate of one of ISMTE’s corporate supporters or if your journal is published by one of these organizations, contact ISMTE before you join or renew. View the current list of corporate supporters.

  • Developing Country Membership - Free. ISMTE offers free membership to editorial office professionals residing in Hinari Group A and B countries (see for a list of eligible countries). Join today as a Developing Country Member to receive all the benefits of ISMTE membership.

  • Small Staff Organizations - ISMTE is happy to offer discounted membership to editorial offices with 10 or fewer employees. We hope this discount will allow each of your editorial office staff members to take advantage of the training, networking and savings available to ISMTE members.

    Here’s how it works:
    • The first member from your office joins or renews at the current individual membership rate and informs ISMTE at the names of staff who wish to join or renew.
    • Additional staff, in a 2-step process, can then register for $110 USD – a $55 discount -  and then be confirmed as eligible and approved by ISMTE.
    This chart shows how your savings increase as your colleagues take advantage of this discount.
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 Annual Membership Benefits Include:

  • The Best Reason to Join! The monthly ISMTE publication, Editorial Office News (EON), will come directly to your email with a monthly update of other news from ISMTE. Back issues are all archived so even new members are able to check all the valuable tips, tricks and articles from past issues. View a sampling of articles on our Shared Articles page. Interested in writing an article for EON? Please contact the Editor at

  • Continuing education and training through regional meetings, webinars, mentoring and an online discussion forum.

  • Participation in the creation of professional development programs

  • Sharing of ideas, concerns and best practices

  • Discounted registration to ISMTE’s conferences

  • Access to Members-only networking and training opportunities

  • Send Us Your Journal Cover! We invite ISMTE individual members to add their journal(s) to our "Members' Journals" page. Simply email the link to your journal's homepage where ISMTE staff can locate your journal cover image to

Access to Exclusive Discounts

ISMTE members can request the discount code for any of these exclusive benefits by emailing

  • Aries Systems - Save $50 at Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager User Group Meetings in Europe and the United States.

  • Clarivate Analytics - Save 25% on registration fees for ScholarOne University sessions held throughout the year. 

  • Wiley -  Receive a 25% discount on the wide range of titles available at, including Irene Hames' book, Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good PracticeAdditional discounts to conferences and training courses are offered from time to time.

Employer Template Letter

Have you been thinking about asking your boss or company to support your career growth and development by paying for your ISMTE annual membership? Are you unsure as to how to approach the topic with your employer? ISMTE has developed a template letter available for download on our website. Use this letter as a template by filling in your information and sending it to your boss, or use the bullets in the letter as talking points for an in-person conversation. If you use the letter and have success with it, let us know!

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