The Sixteenth Century Journal announces the search for a new Book Review Editor or Book Review Editor team, who will begin duties in June 2022. Surveys of readers of academic journals have found that book reviews are the most-read section in any journal, making this an essential position. SCJ publishes more book reviews than any other journal in early modern studies, and more than most other journals in the humanities.
The basic tasks of the Book Review Editor include: (a) reviewing publisher catalogs and requesting review copies of new titles, (b) keeping track of books throughout the review process, (c) offering books to potential reviewers, (d) mailing books, (e) receiving and acknowledging review submissions, (f) editing reviews, (g) accepting or rejecting reviews, (h) sending proofs to reviewers, (i) making corrections, (j) submitting ca. 200 pages of reviews to the managing editor/production office four times a year; (k) generating Book Notices of recently arrived books for publication four times a year, (l) emailing late notices to reviewers who fail to submit their reviews on time, (m) attending the SCSC for the annual SCJ Editors’ meeting.
This unpaid position offers an opportunity for important professional service, and also for broadening and deepening one’s understanding of the current status and future directions of early modern studies. It also provides connections and camaraderie with scholars around the world, many of whom are long-time reviewers, and with the presses that publish their work.
Basic knowledge of early modern studies required, with a preference for specialization in one of the central fields of SCJ: history, literature, art history, and religious studies. It is strongly recommended that those applying for this position have tenure or not be under stringent publication requirements, and also that they are able to cope with quarterly deadlines for submissions to the managing editor/production office.
SCJ publishes in English, but reviews books in many languages, making a Book Review Editor team a good option, though not required. Secretarial support is a necessity, as are computer and printer support. The current Book Review Office at Roanoke College has developed a highly successful undergraduate student internship program that has served as a model for other academic journals, which could be replicated by a new editor or editorial team.
Applications for this position should consist of a letter of application and a CV. These should be sent to Senior Editor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (firstname.lastname@example.org). Questions about the position can also be directed to her, or to the two current Book Review Editors, Gary Gibbs (email@example.com) and Whitney Leeson (firstname.lastname@example.org).