How does one come to edit book reviews for H-Net? In this episode, Yelena and Robert share with listeners how to apply to become a review editor for H-Net Reviews. Then Yelena speaks with H-Net's staff copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about their process of training review editors. Charlotte and Basia discuss H-Net's Standards and Guidelines for Reviewing, and how review editors learn to negotiate the fine line between negative (but publishable) and unprofessional reviews. This episode is a companion piece to episodes 5 on Professionalism & Constructive Criticism and episode 6 on Professionalism in Tone.
Scholars who may be interested in becoming review editors should be on the lookout for calls coming from their networks of interest. These are announced on individual networks and featured under the Networks News section of H-Net This Week, which is published weekly on the front page of the H-Net Commons. For example, H-Gender-Mideast and H-Travel are both currently seeking review editors.
Listeners can find more information about how to get involved as an editor at H-Net, as well as the application for review editors and a list of review editor qualities at the H-Net Commons Help Desk.
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The Art of the Review is produced by Robert Cassanello and Yelena Kalinsky, and sponsored by H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online and the University of Central Florida's Center for Humanities & Digital Research.