“Chat-with-an-Editor” at Kalamazoo


MAY 9-10, 2014

Organized by Michael Cornett, Duke University
in cooperation with the Medieval Academy of America
Graduate Student Committee

Sponsored by The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

“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 (including Speculum’s own Sarah Spence) will be 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.

Note: If you reserve an appointment, please be sure to be on time. The schedule is tight to provide the most opportunity.

Please contact Richard Barrett with any questions or concerns at rrbarret@indiana.edu.

See you at Kalamazoo!


Richard Barrett, on behalf of the MAA Graduate Student Committee

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