Publication Date

February 3, 2014

Post Type

American Historical Review

The American Historical Review invites applications for the position of reviews editor. The reviews editor independently manages all aspects of the book review sections for the five annual issues of the journal, working closely with seven editorial assistants (all graduate students at Indiana University) to commission approximately 200 book reviews for each issue. He or she then copyedits the reviews in Microsoft Word, working closely with the editorial assistants and reviewers in the process; categorizes the reviews and compiles them in appropriate order to create the book review section for each issue; and proofreads the typeset review sections. The reviews editor is responsible for training and supervising the editorial assistants in duties such as selecting reviewers for books, working with faculty consultants, doing preliminary copyediting, checking facts, and proofreading the edited reviews before they are sent to the reviewers. Other responsibilities include recording and monitoring the progress of reviews in our in-house database; contacting publishers to secure copies of books for review; establishing, implementing, and enforcing policies for the book review section; and preempting and/or solving problems relating to the editorial phase of the book review section. The job requires occasional travel to vendor locations to resolve problems and implement changes and to represent the AHR at professional meetings. The successful candidate should have at least a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree in history is strongly preferred. Five years of scholarly editing experience in the field of history or the equivalent is required, as well as five years of comprehensive publishing experience or the equivalent. Strong editorial skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word are obviously a must, as is the ability to use a database. Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages is highly desired. In addition, good interpersonal skills are essential for this job because of the frequent interaction with reviewers, authors, press personnel, and in-house staff. You must apply through the Indiana University website at The job number is 10233. Please be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume with your online application, and include contact information for three references.

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