New Book Review Editor Sought

IA: The Journal of the Society of Industrial Archeology is looking for a new book review editor.  The journal typically publishes 8-12 reviews per issue, twice annually.

The book review editor’s responsibilities include soliciting books for review from publishers and authors, fielding offers to review the books (and seek out reviewers as needed), mailing out books and receiving the reviews, and editing them together in bundles for each issue of IA. The book review editor will need to work with authors to make their prose clear  but is not responsible for final copyediting or layout. Opportunities also exist for planning future reviews in themed issues.

Applicants should be conversant with the scope of industrial archaeology (SIA membership is not required, but relevant) and have some editorial experience, though they need not be professionals. Although the majority of tasks in this position are done electronically, institutional support for incidental costs, particularly mailing books to reviewers, is a plus. The book review editor is responsible for their own hardware and software (all that is needed is email and software to work with DOCX/RTF and PDF files; no typographic layout knowledge is necessary). Attendance at the annual SIA conference is not required, though in the past that has provided the best pool of qualified and interested reviewers. We welcome our new editor to develop a workflow that benefits them and the journal production process.

Please send a letter of interest to the journal editor, Steve Walton ( explaining your interest in the topic, experience in editing, and level of institutional support.

Appointment of the new book review editor will me made on or about June 1, 2021.