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Saturday, 29 December

615. Inside the Editorial Office: A Workshop for New Journal Editors

7:15–8:30 p.m., Horner, Hyatt Regency

Program sponsored by the MLA Ad Hoc Committee on the Structure of the Convention, in conjunction with the Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Presiding: Michael E. Cornett, Duke Univ.

Speakers: Nicholas Birns, New School; William Craig Howes, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Manoa; Zoran Kuzmanovich, Davidson Coll.; William B. Thesing, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia; Batya Weinbaum, State Univ. of New York, Empire State Coll.

Authors submitting work to humanities journals tend to imagine the editors of those journals as gray-haired guardians in the publishing marketplace, but in fact many journal editors are young(ish) and fresh to their roles. New editors have much to learn about the multilayered work that goes into producing a journal¬ómost of it typically acquired through experience on the job and through interaction with other editors.

This workshop for new and aspiring editors will cover the following topics: developing a journal identity and mission statement, distributing labor in the editorial office, keeping records, vetting submissions, navigating issues common to acceptance and rejection decisions, establishing good relations with publishers and sponsoring organizations, and managing finances.

For more information, visit www.celj.org after 1 Dec.

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