At the core of H-Net's operations are the editorial teams that run our nearly 200 topically-defined networks. These editorial teams monitor content, commission reviews, catalog resources, develop projects, and in general uphold professional academic standards within their intellectual and pedagogical communities. This page addresses the different ways in which individuals can get involved with an H-Net network.

There are three core positions within these teams:

  • Network Editors moderate all proposed messages to a network other than reviews and who develop diverse kinds of academic content, from conference reports to blog series to podcasts. Collectively, H-Net has hundreds of Network Editors sustaining our efforts and enriching the humanities and social sciences.

  • Review Editors commission reviews of books and other relevant academic material, such as movies and museum exhibits, through a formal process structured around H-Net’s Reviews Management System. Since its inception, H-Net has facilitated the publication of 45,000 scholarly reviews.

  • Advisory Board Members advise editors on the overall health and development of their network, help set network policies within the bounds of H-Net’s guidelines, and on occasion mediate disputes concerning editorial decisions. Precise roles vary across networks, but board members may, for example, help with recruitment, serve as discussants on their network’s comment feed, and help editors design and implement new projects.

The four ways to work with an H-Net network in one of these capacities are as follows:

  1. Join an existing editorial team as an individual. The editorial team running a network typically organizes its own recruitment efforts. The Recruitment Central page lists networks that are currently recruiting and addresses additional details of the nomination, application, and certification process. Also, if you have an H-Net account and are subscribed to a network, you should be able to follow any recruitment activities at that network by simply reading their email notices or browsing their recent posts online. There is of course no reason why you cannot email the editors of an H-Net network independently of their recruitment efforts in hopes of opening a conversation. Many networks would welcome such initiative.

  2. Propose a project to an existing network or networks. Since H-Net networks rest on a versatile digital platform, the H-H-Net Commons, they can host diverse kinds of academic content, including review series, blogs, mapping projects, timelines, image libraries, OCR projects, and more. Individuals, groups, and scholarly organizations are always welcomed to email the editorial team of an existing H-Net network to pitch a project idea. It is also possible to develop a project in conversation with multiple networks and with H-Net itself. The Project Proposals page outlines a recommended proposal process, contains a list of all H-Net networks that have expressed interest in discussing project proposals, and catalogs some past collaborations. Editorial teams have the sole authority over whether they pursue such conversations, but proposers can also contact H-Net’s Vice President of Networks (vp-net@mail.h-net.org) and Associate Director of Networks (adnetworks@mail.h-net.org) for advice and suggestions. We are always happy to talk.

  3. Propose to reboot a dormant network. H-Net often has multiple networks that need new editorial teams. At minimum, to properly function, an H-Net network needs at least one Network Editor who can help moderate announcements, queries, and other proposed posts to the network. The Reboot a Network page lists all H-Net Networks that currently lack Network Editors and outlines the process whereby you may propose to assume direction of a network and build an editorial team. Some of these networks already have Review Editors, while others are completely unstaffed at present. All such networks can quickly resume their roles as important academic forums and offer past discussion logs, a pre-existing subscriber base, and a network platform that allows for producing diverse kinds of academic content. H-Net is committed to supporting the re-staffing of its dormant networks and can provide detailed advice and support about the proposal process. We maintain a robust editorial support network including elected officers, three full-time academic directors, private editor discussion networks, a help desk, training material, and advice documents.

  4. Propose to launch a new network. H-Net regularly launches new academic networks based on a two-step proposal process overseen by the Vice President of Networks and H-Net’s Executive Council. There are several reasons to consider proposing a new network, although in some cases it may be easier to join an existing editorial team or to propose a project or to reboot an existing network. The Proposing New H-Net Networks page provides advice about whether to propose a new network and then outlines the proposal process.