Academic journal article Journal of the Early Republic

Editor's Page

Academic journal article Journal of the Early Republic

Editor's Page

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Hail and Farewell

The assistance I received from the editorial board of the JER made my first months as editor infinitely easier. Their experience and guidance have been invaluable, while their willingness, even eagerness, to take on a heavier load of editorial chores is yet another example of just what a remarkable community we have in SHEAR. In the past year, board members have been more actively involved in the solicitation of manuscripts, taking time during their attendance at scholarly meetings, seminars, and symposia to identify the best scholarship in the early republic and recruit it for the JER. Moreover, they cheerfully acceded to my recjuest that an editorial board member serve as one of the three reviewers for every manuscript under consideration. I wanted this editorial board review to function more as an in-house assessment/cross-check by an informed early republic scholar familiar with the JER rather than as a specialist reading (my idea here was to try and replicate the sort of exchange Mike and John engaged in as co-editors), and even after doing the quick math-ca. 50 manuscripts per annum divided by 14 board member means that they agreed to read 3-4 manuscripts each per year-there was no demur. In some journals, membership on the editorial board can be little more than the honorific posting of a name on the masthead, but nae here. So, from the editorial office, a resounding and heartfelt thank you to Dan Cohen, Ron Formisano, Mary Kelley, Gary Kornblith, Scott Martin, Joanne Pope Melish, and Tamara Thornton, whose terms just expired, to Dan Dupre, Graham Hodges, Dan Howe, Cathy Kelly, Cathy Matson, Peter Onuf, and Peter Knupfer (ex officio), whose terms continue, and to Richard Blackett, John Brooke, David Hancock, Dallett Hemphill, Dan Littlefield, Andrew O'Shaughnessy, and Nancy Shoemaker, who needed little persuasion (I didn't even mention my Lochgelly tawse) to come aboard the board. …

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