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H-WAR EDITORIAL POLICY
The editors strive to maintain a high-level, scholarly forum in which professionals and qualified students in this field can exchange ideas and useful information.
This is an edited list, and in this sense we publish submissions, and do not act as a conduit in a chat room. Given that H-Net maintains a permanent day-by-day log of messages with a search engine open to anyone, we consider H-War messages as published materials. Those messages represent not only the subscriber, but H-Net, and the H-War Editorial and Advisory Board.
Thus, the editors will filter out extraneous messages and items that do not belong on H-WAR. Reasons for rejection of a posting might include its inappropriateness for this list or the editors' judgment that a post will not assist in the furthering of the scholarly dialogue. Ad hominem attacks, posts that focus on non-historical topics, or other topics that do not touch on military history will be rejected by the editor on duty. In particular, posts about current events will be treated skeptically, as the editorial board believes that the distance needed for sound historical analysis is often difficult when dealing with recent circumstances.
But the Editorial Board acts to avoid the outright rejection of messages as much as possible. In that interest, editors may require the editing of messages before they can be sent to the list. Edits might deal with the tone of a message or specific passages. An editor could request the splitting of a message into separate threads. In general, the editors will work with the subscriber to come to an acceptable edit for both sides.
If the subscriber believes that the rejection or the edit is unjustified, they can appeal the editor's decision to the H-War Advisory Board. Should the resolution there be unacceptable to either editor or subscriber, it can be appealed first to the VP-Networks and then the H-Net Council. Those contemplating an appeal are advised to review H-Net's procedures on such appeals.