Academic Editorial Assistant needed for

World Archaeology

31 May 2024

About the role

World Archaeology is currently recruiting for two Editorial Assistants. This role is a great opportunity for Early Career Scholars with a background in Archaeology, and who also have the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal. Becoming one the Editorial Assistants of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, develop and promote the research and practice in your field, and start to build recognition within your communities. The Editorial Assistants will receive mentoring, support, and guidance from the Editorial Board. As part of this role, you will be supporting the development of articles for publication in the journal and promoting calls for papers, new published issues and general awareness of the journal. Editorial Assistants will also support the development of publishable articles from international contributors where English is not their first language. A stipend is available to support the role.

Further details of the role:

  • Work alongside the Editorial Team to contribute to the editing and fluency of potential research publications.
  • Attend Editorial Board meetings and take minutes for the Executive Editor.
  • Contribute specific skills, including knowledge of English language and grammar and editorial and formatting skills, to support prospective authors in readying articles for publication.
  • Undertake promotion of Calls for Papers and new issues of the journal on social media platforms and listings.
  • Develop experience and skills from working in a real-world research publication environment.
  • Plan and prioritise own work, adhering to agreed deliverables and timeframes and referring to any issues with workload or timeframes to colleagues.






About the journal

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World Archaeology was established specifically to deal with archaeology on a world-wide multiperiod basis. Since it was founded in 1969 it remains a leader in its field. The five issues of the volume are each dedicated to a particular theme of current interest. Typically the fifth issue, Debates in World Archaeology , is a forum for debate, discussion and comment. All papers adopt a broad comparative approach, looking at important issues on a global scale. The members of the editorial board and the advisory board represent a wide range of interests and expertise and this ensures that the papers published in World Archaeology cover a wide variety of subject areas. Recent issues illustrate the variety of material published in World Archaeology and have included volumes dedicated to new developments in archaeological science, the application of social theory to archaeology, the archaeology of art and major syntheses of such important topics as trade and exchange. Future issues will range just as widely.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Key Skills and Attributes

Interested in applying?

Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in a successful applicant:

Demonstrable track record in using social media responsibly in a research context.

Experience with working effectively with researchers and authors.

Some experience in editing and formatting academic manuscripts and bibliographies according to set guidelines.

A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the publication process.

The ability to foster positive working relationships with the Executive Editor and Editorial Board Members.

A willingness to attend and contribute at the journal's twice-yearly formal Editorial Board meetings, to include taking minutes for such meetings and setting out actions.

Actively involved in subject communities, identifying emerging research trends, and awareness and understanding of major developments in the publishing industry.

Enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Academic Editorial Assisstant is available on request. Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter and a Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 1 page and include:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
  • How you would work in partnership with the Editorial Board

How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions

How you would work with authors.

For any questions or the role profile, please contact the Executive Editor, Sarah Semple [email protected]


The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.