Vacancy: COVE Editorial Assistant – Deadline:  19 March 2018


Deadline:  19 March 2018

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invites Phd Students in the School of Arts to apply to an Editorial Assistantship with the Central Online Victorian Educator (COVE).


COVE is The Central Online Victorian Educator, a scholar-driven open-access platform that publishes peer-reviewed Victorian material. COVE is headquartered at Purdue University in the US, but has financial backing and scholarly involvement from many other top-ranked US and Canadian universities; the UK partners are Birkbeck, Birmingham and Exeter. It is supported by NAVSA, BAVS and AVSA. At Birkbeck the successful candidate joins an established community of practice given the School of Arts’ pioneering role in digital editing and nineteenth-century studies as the home of the Open Library of the Humanities and 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth-Century. This editorial experience is also an invaluable opportunity to engage closely with international scholars, particularly in a transatlantic context.

COVE provides a central online location for the publication of peer-reviewed research essays and teaching materials, digital scholarly editions, and other materials relating to the Victorian period, as well as hosting a suite of online tools for the study and research of the period:

Successful candidates will receive training in COVE editorial software at the outset (they will be paid for the training time, usually 4-5 hours). As a result of this work, they will develop their skills in Digital Humanities, database management and copy-editing.


The Centre ( was first established in 1997 under the directorship of Professor Isobel Armstrong originally to bring together researchers in English, History of Art and History.  It has since developed a reputation for its diverse events that attract national and international scholars. It hosts the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, which sees speakers coming to Birkbeck throughout the year; it runs the annual Dickens Day; and organizes and hosts major conferences, workshops and symposia. The Centre also provides opportunities for Postgraduate students to organise and run events.


You will be working as an editorial assistant. The most common pattern of work is working on scholarly articles published in COVE within the BRANCH section ( , which will involve about 10-12 hours spread over a few weeks, depending on how quickly an author turns around their own edits. You would be given about 10 days to do your first copy-edit, and then asked to turn around further versions within a week.

Selection Criteria


  • Attention to Detail;
  • Skills in documentation and bibliography;
  • Excellent command of grammar and punctuation;
  • Ability to manage workload and meet deadlines.

Desirable but NOT essential

  • Team work experience;
  • A track record in copy-editing;
  • Experience with coding, mark-up and website development;
  • Research interests in nineteenth-century studies.


  • We invite applications from research students currently enrolled in PhD programmes in the School of Arts with interests in the nineteenth century, including students submitting their thesis during the academic year 2017-18.

 £ 15.65 per hour for a total of 50 hours.


Please email a letter of application outlining relevant skills and experiences and a CV, to Dr Ana Parejo Vadillo ( by 5.00pm on Monday 19 March 2018.

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Ana Parejo Vadillo (

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