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 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 over 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. Network editorial teams typically organize their own recruitment efforts. The Recruitment Central page lists networks that are currently recruiting and addresses additional details of the nomination, application, and certification process. Subscribing to a network will also keep you up on any of its recruitment efforts. Even networks that are not currently recruiting often welcome new volunteers, so feel free to be proactive and reach out by contacting them directly.

  2. Propose a project. Since H-Net networks rest on a versatile digital platform, the H-Net Commons, they can host diverse kinds of academic content, including blogs, mapping projects, timelines, image libraries, and OCR projects. Individuals, groups, and scholarly organizations are always welcomed to email our networks to pitch a project idea. It is also possible to develop a project across multiple networks or 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. A network's editorial team has authority over whether or not the network will persue the project. Proposers should also feel welcomed to 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. Reboot a network. Due to its scope, H-Net regularly has networks that need new editorial teams. The Reboot a Network page lists these networks and outlines the proposal process for volunteering to help out, including the possibility of serving as a network chair.

  4. Propose 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 make more sense to pursue one of the three preceding options. The Proposing New H-Net Networks page provides advice about whether to propose a new network and then outlines the proposal process.