Contract Editors at AJE

American Journal Experts (AJE) exclusively recruits from top, US-based research institutions. Editors must be affiliated with R1 or R2 research universities, as defined by the Carnegie Classification, the leading framework for describing research activity in U.S. higher education.


To qualify as an independent contract editor, applicants must:

  • either be enrolled in a graduate program or possess a graduate degree;
  • have native English proficiency; and
  • have a documented current or former affiliation (in the form of a degree, current enrollment, postdoctoral training, employment, or faculty appointment) with a doctoral university categorized as R1 or R2 by the Carnegie Classification.


Verifying Your Affiliation

The Carnegie Classification framework is based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). You can verify that your institution is an R1 or R2 doctoral university with the Carnegie Classification lookup tool. Candidates should have an affiliation with a doctoral university in the “ Very high research activity” or “High research activity” categories.