American Historical Review Book Review Editor

American Historical Review

Position Opening: Reviews Editor

We are looking to fill the position of Reviews Editor at the American Historical Review, which has been the journal of record for the historical profession in the United States for more than one hundred years and is one of the most prestigious scholarly journals in the world. The Reviews Editor independently manages all aspects of the book review sections for the five annual issues of the journal, working closely with seven editorial assistants (all graduate students at Indiana University) to commission approximately 200 book reviews for each issue. The Reviews Editor then copyedits the reviews in Microsoft Word, working closely with the editorial assistants and reviewers in the process; categorizes the reviews and compiles them in appropriate order to create the book review section for each issue; and proofreads the typeset review sections. Other responsibilities include training and supervising the editorial assistants in duties such as selecting reviewers for books, working with faculty consultants, doing preliminary copyediting, checking facts, and proofreading the edited reviews before they are sent to the reviewers;  recording and monitoring the progress of reviews in our in-house database; establishing, implementing, and enforcing policies for the book review section; and preempting and/or solving problems relating to the editorial phase of the book review section. The job requires occasional travel to vendor locations to resolve problems and implement changes and to represent the AHR at professional meetings.

The successful candidate should have at least a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree in history is strongly preferred.  Scholarly editing experience in the field of history or the equivalent is required, as well as comprehensive publishing experience or the equivalent. Strong editorial skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word are obviously a must, as is the ability to use a database. Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages is highly desired. In addition, good interpersonal skills are essential for this job because of the frequent interaction with reviewers, authors, press personnel, and in-house staff.

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