H-Minerva, H-Net’s academic network focused on women in the military and women in war, is recruiting a new team of volunteer editors who can take the helm. This team will have the freedom to create and shape our field of study through our multifaceted publishing platform. Some models for what is possible are available here, here, and here. Below, we outline some positions, address the application process, and add a few words about the value of working with us as well as our parent non-profit, H-Net.
Announcement Specialists: We are looking for at least two editors who can help identify, moderate, and approve relevant academic announcements for our subscribers. Announcement specialists can easily locate relevant announcements by browsing H-Announce and by watching our moderation queue, to which our subscribers send messages. This work is light and routine, can usually be handled in about an hour a week, and provides a broad view of our field. MA and PhD students and those with equivalent levels of experience welcomed to apply.
Social Media Editors: We are looking for an editor or editors who can launch and manage a twitter account affiliated with our network and to produce a series of updates to our subscribers based on informed conversation circulating on the web. An example is here and here. H-Net can provide guidance and references to similar projects at other networks. MA and PhD students and those with equivalent levels of experience welcomed to apply.
Resource Editors: We are looking for an editor or editors who can help compile information about key resources in our field of study into an easy-to-browse, permanent webpage. This can include information about archives, journals, graduate programs, digital projects and more. The work can be done incrementally and with input from our 1,000+ academic subscribers. Examples from other H-Net networks are hereand here. PhD students and those with equivalent levels of experience are welcomed to apply.
Review Editors: We are interested in recruiting Review Editors, who will commission and edit reviews of books and other scholarly materials through a formal system managed by our parent non-profit. H-Net handles mailings and copy-editing, provides training on editorial best practices, and maintains an internal system for advice and technical support for review editors. Review Editors have discretion, within the bounds of editorial policies, over which books they commission reviews of and who to contact as a reviewer. A Ph.D. is required for this position; applicants should have good organizational skills and knowledge of the scholars working in their area of specialization. All reviews appear on our network and on H-Net’s main reviews site, which receives around one hundred thousand cumulative page visits per month.
To volunteer to serve in one of these capacities, please email our editor, Mara Hurwitt (email@example.com), and H-Net’s Vice President of Networks (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a description of between 100 and 300 words explaining your areas of expertise and offering a brief appraisal of your competing time commitments. Please also indicate which position you’re interested in and provide a PDF of your current C.V. Please also be prepared to provide the name and contact information of a reference upon request. We will consider applications on a rolling basis.
There are a number of excellent reasons to consider volunteering with an H-Net network like H-Minerva, including:
Flexibility: H-Net Networks and their projects can be scaled up or down in terms of the scope of their activities to best fit with the needs of their field and the availability of volunteers.
Best Practices: H-Net is committed to supporting editorial best practices. It's why we rely on trained academic editors to moderate and safeguard the content of individual groups like this one.
Collaboration: Volunteering with an H-Net Network can be an excellent chance to work within a strong and active editorial team.
Support: H-Net has a Home Office staffed by scholars, an online training program, a Help Desk, and a separate space where its editors can discuss questions and concerns relating to academic best practices and project development.
Durability: H-Net is committed to the long-term digital preservation of its academic content.
Visibility: H-Net's content is available online for free and uses an email notification system to deliver updates directly to subscribers.
Non-Profit: H-Net is a non-profit organization run by academics and built around an extensive community of volunteers.
Engagement: Above all else, H-Net Networks provide an excellent opportunity to engage with, support, and develop your field of study.