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Job: Editorial assistant for Speculum (Deadline 15 June 2015)


Applicants must have strong computer and editorial skills, together with a background in any area of the humanities with a particular specialty in Medieval Studies, and must be available to start work in the fall of 2015 in Cambridge, MA. Strict attention to detail and excellent communication skills are particularly important. Reading ability in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Latin and/or Italian is also highly desirable.


This internship will provide experience with the book review process of Speculum, the journal of the Medieval Academy of America. Duties include: sorting books; mailing books to reviewers; compiling information in a database from print books and online resources; transmitting information to the book review editors; receiving, organizing, and proofreading reviews for publication; and using an Excel-based management system (or other appropriate software).

This is a two-stage part-time paid internship. For the first three months the intern will sort and mail the review books while training under the current senior intern (12 hours per week). In January the intern will share the duties of the senior intern, including managing the database of reviews, working with the Book Review Editors, and coordinating and proofreading the reviews (up to 28 hours per week at a higher rate).

The position will begin in September 2015 and run for one year, with a possible renewal for a second year.

Preference will be given to applicants residing in the Boston area during the tenure of the job.

Submit cover letter, together with resume and up-to-date contact information for two referees to Sarah Spence, Editor, Speculum, sspence@themedievalacademy.org. Applications completed by June 15 will be given full consideration.

For more information about Speculum, click here.

Event: Chat with an Editor, Kalamazoo

images“Chat with an Editor,” a long-standing offering at MLA conferences, is happening at Kalamazoo for the first time! As an extension of the MAA GSC’s mentorship program, several editors of journals in medieval studies are available to meet with graduate students and postgraduate scholars in an effort to meet the needs of aspiring academic authors. The service gives younger scholars the opportunity to meet one-on-one for 20 minutes with an experienced editor to discuss any aspect of the publication process. It is not an article vetting service, but rather a chance for authors to obtain advice on any aspect of writing, submitting, and publishing a journal article, in a neutral and friendly atmosphere. Topics might include the following:
—shaping an article submission
—turning a dissertation chapter into an article
—selecting a publisher
—drafting a cover letter
—following style guides
—corresponding with editors
—responding to reviews
—ethical dilemmas
—and other issues in journal publishing

Advisors and advisees will meet at Mug Shots, the café in Britton-Hadley Hall in Valley I. Sign up in advance for a twenty-minute appointment with one of the scheduled editors via this link: https://calendly.com/chatwithaneditor/ Any of the editors can advise you. If you are unable to sign up in advance for an appointment, you may come to Mug Shots at any time to see if there is an open slot that you can take. If you would like to sign up for a time but do not know whom you should talk to or do not have a preference, e-mail Richard Barrett at rrbarret@indiana.edu with your available times and he will work with you to set up an appointment.

MAY 9-10, 2014