Call for Open Textbook Editor: The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature

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Would you like to help create and publish an Open Textbook and at the same time contribute to developing a new, collaborative model for publishing Open Textbooks?

The Rebus Community is looking for someone to join “The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature” as lead editor. The editor should be either faculty or a Ph.D. student in Early American Studies or a related field.

The Anthology is one of a handful of Open Textbook projects being undertaken with the support of the Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation. Support will be offered in the form of finding contributors and coordinating the different tasks in the publishing process (e.g. proofreading, formatting, reviewing, marketing etc.).


Unlike a traditional managing editor, this role will be the guiding academic voice on the project, but much of the project management work will be handled by the Rebus team, and the work of editing will be shared with collaborators.

What we ask of the lead editor is to:

  • Lead the TOC creation & guide development strategy (possibly in collaboration with others).
  • Tap into their network to help find introduction authors & other contributors.
  • Curate appropriate public-domain literature texts for inclusion.
  • Collect, edit & review introductions (in collaboration with other editors).
  • Help spread the word once the project is completed & encourage adoptions.

Are you interested in becoming the Anthology’s new editor? Let us know by doing the following:

  1. Read the project summary in the Rebus Community forum, then sign up and “Reply” with any questions you have
  2. Email to register your interest in the role

We look forward to hearing from you!

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