H-Water Call for Review Editors

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Call for Volunteers
December 31, 2022
Michigan, United States
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies

Are you interested in becoming a review editor for H-Water? H-Water focuses on any and all water history issues, their relationship to current issues, and disseminates relevant information, including new books, reviews, and sources.

Review editors oversee the book reviews programs for specific networks. Review editors keep up on the literature in their field, order books through our reviews management system, assign reviewers, and shepherd reviews through the editorial process, working with the reviewer and H-Net’s copyeditors.

Prospective review editors for H-Water should have expertise in water history, or more broadly environmental humanities. Research topics and areas are open, as long as they are water-related. 

Interested review editors can send questions or a brief letter expressing interest along with their CV to Yan Gao, H-Water’s current review editor, and Emily Elliott, Managing Editor for H-Net Reviews (ellio252@mail.h-net.org).

As a review editor, you will be part of a well-established academic nonprofit and engage with students, scholars, and professionals within your subfield and from a wide variety of backgrounds. Review editors become pros in project management by keeping up on the regular tasks that the position entails to executing larger projects. Both review editors play a critical role in scholarly communications and knowledge dissemination within their networks and beyond. They also hone their critical thinking, problem solving, and discernment skills as they follow H-Net and network-specific guidelines and moderate debates and discussions. For review editors in particular, this opportunity helps scholars keep up on the literature in their fields, create a network of contacts as they locate reviewers, and hone their editorial skills.

H-Net also provides resources for review editors, such as a catalog of books to choose from and assistance in locating other books. We train review editors, teach them how to use our reviews management system, and support them in locating titles and appropriate reviewers. Our Home Office Staff is always available to assist.

Since H-Net’s inception nearly 30 years ago, H-Net has relied on volunteers to keep its networks running. H-Net Reviews has published nearly 50,000 reviews and prides itself on its quicker-than-average turnaround and opportunities for scholarly discussion of reviews.


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