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Medical Anthropology - Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness

Taylor & Francis is looking to recruit an Editor for Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness. Co-editorship applications will be considered.

Medical Anthropology is a leading international publication in the field, founded in 1977 with Peter Brown as editor. Stacy Leigh Pigg edited the journal from 2000-2006, and Steve Ferzacca from 2007-2009. Lenore Manderson assumed the role of Editor in 2010; since this time she has worked closely with Victoria Team as Editorial Assistant, with Oguz Alyanak joining as Social Media Editorial Assistant in 2019. The Editor is supported by four Associate Editors and an international Editorial Board. The journal’s management team is located in the UK and production is in the USA.

Medical Anthropology provides a global forum for scholarly articles on the social patterns of illhealth and disease transmission, and experiences of and knowledge about health, illness and wellbeing. These include the nature, organization and movement of peoples, technologies and treatments, and how inequalities pattern access to these. Articles published in the journal showcase the theoretical sophistication, methodological soundness and ethnographic richness of contemporary medical anthropology. Through the publication of empirical articles and editorials, authors and readers are encouraged to engage critically with the key debates of our time. The journal is published eight times per annum, of which a number of issues are guest edited. In addition, occasional virtual special issues are curated and introduced by a guest editor(s) from the editorial
board. The journal does not publish book reviews, although it does occasionally publish review articles covering a selection of books.

The current Editor is based at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, the Editorial Assistant at Monash University, Australia, and the Social Media Editorial Assistant in Germany. Members of the Editorial Board and Associate Editors are also geographically spread. We encourage Editors or editorial partnerships from different geographical regions and fields of interest.

Role Description

Editors should have a post-graduate degree, an established background of academic writing and publication, and strong prior experience in an editorial role. The role of Editor requires excellent management and organization skills and the ability to work with an online submission management system (Editorial Manager) and publisher staff in the US and UK. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with Taylor & Francis to help shape the future direction of the journal and identify strategies to enhance its quality and reputation.

Many editorial tasks, including vetting submissions to assess suitability, checking for plagiarism, identifying reviewers, processing new contributions to the journal through the peer review process, and drafting all communication, are undertaken by the Editorial Assistant. Even so, the role of Editor requires roughly six to eight hours of work per week, with time spent on journal tasks throughout the week. The Editor’s or Editors’ roles may include:

• Considering potential guest editors for special issues, and providing them with support to ensure the timely submission of manuscripts
• Encouraging the submission of manuscripts from established researchers in the field, in the global north and south, and encouraging and supporting submissions from early career researchers
• Providing input on all aspects of submissions from initial vetting of manuscripts to article selections for each issue
• Reviewing and expanding the pool of reviewers, and assessing the quality of reviews
• Implementing improvements to the overall editorial structure of the journal and interacting with board members for receipt of reviews, recommendations, and decisions
• Identifying opportunities for virtual special issues and identifying and working with a guest editor to curate these
• Chairing and directing editorial board meetings held annually
• Making periodic assessments of the editorial board and recommend changes when appropriate
• Acting as spokesperson for Medical Anthropology as might be required
• Developing and maintaining beneficial links with other journals and associated organizations

The continuing of the appointment of the Editorial Assistants, and their roles, are negotiable.

To assure that the integrity and reputation of the journal is maintained at all times, Editors are expected to adhere to the publishing ethics outlined in COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors

The successful candidate(s) is encouraged to begin with a transition period with the current Editorial team in 2020, before the official start of their term in January 2021. Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration to cover journal-related expenses and any Scholar One Manuscripts™ training as appropriate, and in other ways will provide continuing support.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to email a CV and cover letter to Carolyn Smith-Morris (smithmor@smu.mail.edu), on behalf of the advisory committee to the press. The cover letter should be limited to a page, and should highlight relevant experience in editorial work, whether journal, book or other media. The cover letter should also provide the applicant’s editorial vision for the journal, and indicate whether any relief from normal teaching and administrative roles might be provided. 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. We envisage an interview by Skype of a short list.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by 1 February 2020.