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See CZ:Recruitment for our recruitment home page.

Help us build the Citizendium community! Add to this list of lists!

This page is devoted to reaching out to mailing lists where academics, professionals, and other good contributors are. The goal is to target experts and other smart people and get them to come join us.

See also CZ:Recruitment Letter for some letters to edit and send.

There are many mailing lists for experts and enthusiasts in all fields, the trick is finding them on the Internet. The website for L-Soft, a mailing list software provider contains a large listing of mailing lists, but it's difficult to determine whether these mailing lists are the largest on their topic. Additionally, Google Groups can be a resource, since it contains lots of mailing lists.

The list at present is rather U.S./North American oriented, so lists that cover other areas of the world would be particularly appreciated.


  • If you are an author, then please try to interest an editor in the relevant area. See CZ:Discipline Workgroups for links to editor rosters in a wide range of disciplines.
  • If you're an editor, then try to interest fellow editors in co-signing your letter. This isn't necessary but it will make your letter more effective. See the Forums.
  • In general: if possible, try to make sure that the person sending the e-mail is someone who is known to many of the mail's recipients. This is not required, however. It is more important that we get those calls for participation out there.
  • In some cases, it may be appropriate to get the listowner's permission before posting; but a call for participation is generally regarded as OK for most academic lists.
  • Preferably (but again, not necessarily), an editor should craft the letter carefully. Here are some templates to use. It's all right (preferable, really) to edit your letter as you think fit, because you presumably know your audience. What works well for one audience may not work well for another.
  • Choose some of the bigger mailing lists in your field to send the e-mail to.
  • If the mailing lists you want to mail aren't listed below already, then add one.
  • Once you have sent a message to a list, then write - '''Done ~~~~''' after the listing below. Then others will know not to repeat your work.

Instructions for people who feel moved to recruit outside of their own field(s)

You can recruit outside of your own field (probably, we will need some people to do this, particularly for unrepresented areas). But, as part of your effort, please first try to involve an editor who is in the field. If you succeed, please work with that person and get him or her to co-sign the letter.

General, Transdisciplinary, or To Be Classified

Literature and the Arts


  • CLASSICS-L@LSV.UKY.EDU (from Lsoft, 1500 subscribers)

Rhetoric (Classical and Renaissance)


Fine Arts




  • AMS-L@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU (American Musicological Society, 1275 members)
  • H-Southern-Music (music of the U.S. south)


Medieval philosophy and scholasticism

Theater and Drama



  • Foundations of Mathematics, read by many leading mathematical logicians. Note there is no equivalent group for philosophical logicians. (I suggest leave 'Phil-Logic' well alone, as long since taken over by trolls).


  • Drexel University's Math Forum has several mathematics discussion groups that are read by professional mathematicians all over the world. One of them are moderated, so you would need the permission of the moderator to post on that lists. That person might be willing to allow a post about a non-profit knowledge project like CZ.
  • Math Forum has a newsletter:
  • Mathematician Gene Klotz is the founder of Math Forum, and CZ might want to contact him as to how best quickly reach the professional mathematical community for participation at CZ. (Click on his name to send an email to him. No, I don't know him, but he may be in a unique position to at least give some advice.)

Information science

  • the key list is -- DG will post


Natural Sciences


  • [2] - looks old, but there may be some life in it.
  • PAMNET see below (under Physics)


  • Biology Librarians, but not very many of them.


  • CHMINF-L@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU is the chemistry librarians' listserv, widely read by chemists as well; I'll post there DG

Earth Sciences


Social Sciences




Linguistics and Languages


  • H-ECAI (Electronic Cultural Atlas initiative mailing list)
  • Hist-Geog (history of geography)
  • H-Water (history of water)


History - U.S. States & Regions

Political Science


  • collection by Harvard most lists seem to be rather specific in their scope, as opposed to general psychology.

Comparative Religion


Area Studies

African American Studies

  • H-AfroAm (African American studies general)

African Studies

American Indian Studies

American Studies

  • H-Amstdy (general American studies)
  • H-USA (international studies of the U.S.)
  • H-West (U.S. western history and culture)

Asian Studies

  • H-Asia (general Asian studies)

Caribbean Studies

Cultural Studies

Disability Studies

Environmental Studies

Ethnic Studies

Gender & Women's Studies

Applied Arts and Sciences


Business and Industry


Computer Science

Information science

  • -- DG will post
  • H-Info (study of information and information institutions)
  • H-Mac (macs in humanities and social sciences)

Criminal Justice

Cybernetics and Systems Science


  • H-Adjunct (list for adjuncts and part-time college and university professors)
  • APSA-CIVED (civic education, civic trust, and civic engagement)
  • EDTECH (educational technology)
  • H-Education (history of education)
  • H-Grad (list for graduate students)
  • H-High-S (teaching high school)
  • N-OEH (online education in the humanities)
  • H-Scholar (independent scholars)
  • H-Survey (teaching U.S. history survey courses)
  • H-TAH (teaching American history)
  • H-Teach (teaching history at all levels)
  • AERA-G (social context of education)


Human Ecology and Consumer Sciences


  • CARING (Capitol Area Roundtable on Informatics in Nursing: professional nurses, managers, and health information experts)


  • H-Law (history of legal traditions)

Library and Information Science

  • Librarians and publishers: enormous reach & great respect (DG)
  • Information science--the key list is -- DG will post
  • Digital publishing, archiving, etc. DG will post
  • H-HistBibl (history librarianship)

Museum Studies

Public Affairs