Job Purpose

Assistant editors will help in the editing and proofreading of the articles and reviews accepted by the journal. Assistants may also be asked to take on additional projects such as drafting and disseminating calls for papers, PR, and correspondence; opportunities will be given to assistant editors who wish to gain more experience with HTML coding should they be interested. Assistants will work closely with both the Junior and Senior Editors but will have limited contact with one another.  There will be four assistant editor positions open—two for the Spring 2016 open issue and two for the themed  issue, “Gender and the Feast,” in the Autumn of 2016. The posts will be roughly 5 months in duration, with the majority of the workload taking place in the 3 months prior to the issue’s publication. Applicants must maintain their position as a graduate student (US)/post-graduate researcher (UK) during the entire length of the position and MUST NOT graduate during this period. If you have already received your doctorate degree or WILL receive your doctorate degree during this term you will be ineligible for the position. An assistant editorship will provide a chance to gain some experience working for Hortulus and if you are interested in becoming a Hortulus Editor in the future, taking on an assistant position would serve you well with respect to experience.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

1. To engage in detailed editing of content published by the journal including but not limited to organization, comprehension, grammar, style, and quality assurance.

2. To accomplish assigned work in a timely and efficient manner

3. To be willing to learn new skills required by the position both generally and specifically related to programs and applications.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills, and Experience


  • Ability to edit prose for content, organization, and detailed areas such as grammar and punctuation
  • Organizational skills
  • IT literacy
  • Communicative
  • Able to adhere to strict editorial schedule


  • Familiarity with basic HTML

Rate of Pay

All positions at Hortulus are un-paid voluntary positions and provide an opportunity for MA/PhD students to get more involved in online academic publishing.

Closing Date

15th of January, 2016


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