CELJ Officers Announce Permanent Home

The officers of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals are delighted to announce that CELJ has found a permanent “home” for its administrative functions. In the past, the fact that the membership of the executive board changed every two years meant that it was hard to maintain and pass on institutional knowledge about the organization. More immediately, the time-consuming technical work of maintaining the website, managing subscriptions, collecting and organizing prize submissions, etc., was the responsibility of CELJ board officers, faculty who, like all of us, had many competing professional obligations. Cheryl Ball, editor of Kairos and director of the Digital Publishing Institute at West Virginia University, has offered to house CELJ at WVU. This is a terrific opportunity for CELJ, offering us continuity, centralization, electronic expertise, and freeing the officers to serve CELJ in other ways. The board unanimously and enthusiastically accepted Cheryl’s proposal. She will now serve as executive director of CELJ. The other board positions will continue to rotate.

Things will be in transition for the next bit, but, given Cheryl’s efficiency the changeover should not take long. Please join us in thanking her for offering this tremendous service to the organization.

We should also note that this change will necessitate the updating of the CELJ constitution—something that is long overdue, since there have been other changes not reflected in the current constitution. More on that later.

--Executive Board

Happy Renew Year!

With the beginning of the new year and the end of the MLA convention, it's time for editors to renew their CELJ membership.

Membership fees are still $45 for the full membership (each journal must have one full membership) and $20 for an associate membership.

Two payment options:

1. Via the CELJ web site using PayPal. (Note that when you get to the PayPal checkout, the system automatically populates your CELJ email address, which might not be the same as your PayPal address, so check and correct that. I've just renewed, and the system worked without a hitch.)

2. Via check payable to CELJ sent to my address below.

Details here: http://www.celj.org/node/1880

CELJ officers met during the MLA convention to create a permanent home for CELJ that will provide professional membership, payment, listserv, and web site services, improving on our service to you. Stay tuned for details.

Call for Volunteers: Chat with an Editor at the MLA 2017, Philadelphia

We are asking for editors to take part in the Chat with an Editor event at the MLA 2017, Philadelphia. You will be an editor of an academic journal in the MLA field and enthusiastic about mentoring younger scholars.

The "Chat with an Editor" event offers an incredibly valuable opportunity for scholars – especially graduate students, postdocs, and junior colleagues – to meet with a journal editor and learn more about the submission process and how they might improve and develop their manuscripts. Editors take a one-hour spot and typically meet with 2–3 interested and motivated young scholars in that time.

We are asking for volunteers (both old hands and those who have not experienced the event before) to participate for a one-hour session. Please let me know your availability and preferences for the following spots (usually two editors are be available in a given session):

Friday, January 6:
10.00 to 11.00am
11.00am to 12.00noon
12.00 to 1.00pm
1.00 to 2.00pm

Saturday, January 7
9.00 to 10.00am
10.00 to 11.00am
11.00 to 12.00noon
12.00 to 1.00pm

Contact: please reply to Graham MacPhee with your availability at gmacphee@wcupa.edu

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