The UCLA Humanities Editor-in-Residence series, the brainchild of Professor Nina Eidsheim working closely with Barbara Van Nostrand, is designed to offer an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to gain familiarity and practical insights into the monograph process. The invited distinguished fellow will give a presentation on the book proposal process open to the UCLA community before consulting with Humanities faculty and students.

The UCLA Humanities Editor-in-Residence series is created to facilitate long-term relationships between the UCLA Division of Humanities and book editors in the academic press arena, thus setting graduate students and faculty up for early publication successes. The UCLA Humanities-in-Residence recognizes that, to quote OUP editor Norman Hirschy, “authors and presses alike share a common goal and purpose: publish new scholarship well and with as broad of distribution as possible.”

Next Public Event:
 The Ins and Outs of Peer Review

Peer review is a crucial part of the process of scholarly publishing.  For authors it provides uniquely rich and engaged feedback on their work, and is a crucial step on the path toward publication, promotion, and dissemination of a scholar’s ideas. For presses, it is the key to the independent vetting of ideas that is the core of their mission and the foundation of any scholarly press’ imprint.  This talk with look in detail at what peer review means for both authors and presses, what defines current best practices for different fields, what scholars ought to expect when their work is being peer reviewed (and when they are asked to peer review the work of others), how to respond to peer reviewers comments, and much more.

Mary Francis
The University of Michigan Press
May 1st 2017 from 3-5pm
11360 Charles E. Young Research Library


photoMary C. Francis is Editorial Director of the University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing; in addition to directing the editorial team, she acquires books in music, media studies, as well as projects for Michigan’s digitalculturebooks imprint.  Prior to coming to Michigan, she was Executive Editor at the University of California Press for more than fifteen years, and has worked at Oxford University Press, Mayfield Publishing, and Yale University Press.







Please see The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) handbook for best practices for peer review here. “AAUP offers this handbook of Best Practices for Peer Review as a resource for member publishers, acquisitions editors both new and experienced, faculty editorial boards, scholarly authors and researchers, and new scholarly publishing programs.”