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Editorial Assistant at the Journal Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0208  Wednesday, 21 March 2007

From: 		Gabriel Egan <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 15:22:32 -0000
Subject: 	Editorial Assistant at the Journal Shakespeare

The journal Shakespeare, the organ of the British Shakespeare 
Association, needs a new editorial assistant. Because the editorial work 
is centered on a simple website that the editors use to share the 
incoming prospective contributions, the editors need someone with an 
academic interest in Shakespeare and an ability to act as a webmaster.

The editorial assistant puts incoming papers on the website for the 
editors to look at, then the editors give verdicts that are put on the 
site by the assistant, then the assistant does such things as contacting 
readers for the papers (leading Shakespearians around the world), 
collating responses, sending out papers, and so on.

The postholder gets to read lots of unpublished Shakespeare articles, 
and although to begin with the person would not have much decision 
making, the editors would expect a good assistant to start showing 
initiative and would respond accordingly. The postholder gets to 
converse with Shakespearians across the world, but there's no point 
concealing that this is decidedly an administrative task.

One area in which the postholder could flourish creatively would be in 
improving the automation of the workflow by making a fancier website, 
perhaps using one of the open-source Content Management Systems that are 
available. On the other hand, someone who did not want to change the 
systems would not be under pressure to do so.

Because the work is all done over the web, the postholder could execute 
this duty from anywhere in the world. The only technical requirements 
are a working email account with the capacity to receive reasonably 
large attachments, the ability to edit basic HTML (using say FrontPage, 
or DreamWeaver, or anything else but not Word), and the ability to FTP 
changes to the site whenever needed. The changes are always small, but 
because the editors need to be up-to-date with the production processes, 
they have to be actioned more or less as soon as they come in. Thus the 
work has to be done for a few minutes every couple of days, rather than 
left to accumulate for a week or more and processed as a batch.

Those interested should email me in the first instance.

Gabriel Egan
Co-editor, Shakespeare

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