Peer Review Editor

    Published • Application due Indefinitely

    Tofugu is looking for an individual—or individuals—who can read Tofugu Blog and Tofugu Grammar drafts to perform a sort of "peer review" on them. This role requires a very high level of Japanese—both of the language itself, as well some of the linguistic theory surrounding it. This role will read drafts and provide feedback on things like:

    • The thesis/point of the piece.
    • The structure of the piece.
    • Effectiveness of the pedagogy in the writing (see our internal doc Writing to Teach for more details).
    • Whether or not paragraphs, or even sections, are necessary (do they add to the thesis or diverge from it?).
    • Accuracy of information, claims, and the like.
    • What could be added to make the piece better.
    • Suggest reading/additional sources that might improve the piece if read.
    • Make suggestions to the Editor in Chief role on whether or not it's worth continuing an article or not (i.e. assessing potential of the draft based on amount of progress the article would make toward Tofugu's mission of helping people to learn and use their Japanese).
    • And in general, make concrete and clear recommendations for improving a draft.

    This is not a role that has to edit grammar, spelling, style, and the like. If you're interested in that kind of editing, see our General Editor role job listing.

    Internally, we've imagined this role to be filled by a university professor of Japanese linguistics (who somehow has some extra time on their hands). Basically, someone who has experience reading and providing concrete feedback on essays and academic papers on Japanese language topics. In a sense, that's exactly what we're looking for as well. A person—or people—who can help us to improve the drafts of our authors and help us to increase the quality and usefulness of what we write. Of course, candidates don't have to be university professors with extra time on their hands, but that example should give you a better idea of the kind of role that this is, and the kind of experience/capability we're looking for.


    • You have a fluent-to-native level of Japanese proficiency.
    • You have a background that includes Japanese linguistics, and/or teaching Japanese.
    • You have a fluent-to-native level English reading and writing ability.
    • You're an excellent communicator. You can clearly state your feedback in a concrete manner.


    Job Type: part-time, hourly, contractor (? to ten hours per week, fluctuating)
    Work Hours: Flexible
    Work Location: Remote, Worldwide
    Pay: $75/hr

    The hours for this role are "whenever you want," so long as you're able to respond to requests and complete peer reviews in a "reasonable amount of time." That's probably something like "within a couple days," depending on length of the piece. Due to the nature of how we publish (we publish when we have something finished, and don't keep to any particular schedule), amount of work will fluctuate. This is a contractor position, so employee benefits do not apply.

    The person (or people) offered this role will need to complete a paid trial period of up to five hours per week for one to two months before a more formalized continued agreement will be put in place.

    To Apply

    To apply, you will need to collect and create the following:

    • Write a "cover letter-ish" document, in PDF format, which includes (but is not limited to) information about:
      • Why you are applying.
      • Japanese language level/experience.
      • What experience makes you an excellent peer reviewer.
      • How you can add value to the Tofugu Blog.
      • How you measure success.
    • A resumé-like document, or something else that shows your work experience. PDF format, please.

    When you have everything together, you can submit it via the following form:

    The application process for this position looks like this, though is subject to change:

    1. Submit your application.
    2. We read and process applications.
    3. Work Challenge (we'll send you something to edit), unpaid.
    4. 30 to 60-minutes-long interview/Q&A.
    5. 1-2 month paid trial period, followed by a longer-term agreement for continued writing and involvement.

    If you have any questions, email