Call for Editor

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Call for Editor

Canadian Journal of African Studies

30 November 2021

About the Role

Canadian Journal of African Studies Seeks Anglophone and Francophone Editors.

Applications are invited for the post of Editor for Canadian Journal of African Studies. We seek to fill three Editor positions to start in April 2022. The role is for a three-year appointment, renewable by mutual consent for a second three-year term.

As a member of the CJAS Editorial Team, Editors play a vital role in the publication process and the success of the journal. Working collaboratively with their editorial colleagues and overseen by the Coordinating Editor, Editors help to achieve the journal’s mission by performing the following functions:

  • Solicit, receive, and process new contributions to the journal through the peer review process, ensuring that all reviewers and authors uphold the journal’s code of publishing ethics. Encourage the submission of manuscripts to the journal from promising new scholars and from established researchers in the field.
  • Identify strategies to enhance and maintain the quality and reputation of the journal.
  • Expand the pool of reviewers in terms of size, topic specialty, and geographic representation.
  • Work with the CJAS Editorial Team, in addition to the Board of Directors of CAAS, to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the journal and to act as ambassadors for the journal.
  • Participate in the annual CAAS Conference, including service as a voting member of the CAAS Board of Directors.
  • Participate in meetings with other members of the CJAS Editorial Team as required and maintain active correspondence with editorial colleagues on journal business.
  • To assure that the integrity and reputation of the journal is maintained at all times, CJAS Editors are expected to adhere to the publishing ethics outlined in COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors [].

Candidate Qualifications

Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of published scholarship in African Studies and should be actively involved with international networks within the field. In this call for Editors, we are especially seeking candidates with expertise in Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science and with regional expertise in Southern, East or North-East Africa, although all disciplinary and regional specializations will be considered. At least one of the appointments will be someone able to conduct journal business primarily in French. French-English bilingualism will be an asset for any applicant.

Key qualities sought for the position of Editor include energy, enthusiasm, organisational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively within a team and with a major commercial publisher. Previous editorial and peer review experience with academic journals will be an asset. Applicants should have employer or institutional support for this voluntary activity for the duration of the three-year appointment.

Submitting your Application 

Interested candidates are requested to email a letter of interest and a full CV, including a list of publications, to the Managing Editor of CJAS, Dr. Martin Evans ([email protected]). All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate. Within this context, the following diversity statement will apply:

CAAS and CJAS are committed to equity and diversity and welcome applications from African-Canadian and Africa-based scholars, visible minorities, women, scholars at all ranks and career stages, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. CAAS is enriched intellectually, socially, and culturally by the presence and participation of people from diverse backgrounds.

Further Note
The current Coordinating Editor of CJAS, Dr. Belinda Dodson, is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the post informally and can be contacted at [email protected].

The Canadian Journal of African Studies (CJAS)/ Revue canadienne des études africaines (RCEA) is the official publication of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS). Launched in 1967, it is a bilingual multidisciplinary journal committed to facilitating the dissemination of research on Africa by scholars working in Canada, Africa and elsewhere. CJAS publishes papers across a range of subject areas including anthropology, political science, history, sociology, literature, geography, and development. The book review and review essay section provides critiques of recent books and reports on Africa in general and on individual countries. For more information on the journal, please visit