Co-Editor needed for

Design and Culture

01 May 2024

About the role

Design and Culture: Journal of the Design Studies Forum is currently recruiting for co-Editors.

The successful candidates will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions. Co-Editors will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review, and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. There will be an agreed handover period with the out-going co-Editors to ensure seamless transition. We are seeking two or three co-Editors for Design and Culture.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you can build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community. Interested applicants can apply together as a co-Editor team or independently.

The role will formally begin January 2026 with a transition period in 2025. Remuneration is provided and to be budgeted by the editorial team.

About the journal

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Design and Culture reflects the state of scholarship in the field of design and nurtures new or overlooked lines of inquiry that redefine our understanding of design. The journal invites design scholars and practitioners to think critically about social justice, exclusion, and privilege, and imagine the journal as a forum that can foster rich and provocative conversations across power-differentiated communities, geographic distance, and disciplinary divides. The journal currently publishes three issues per year and the articles publish online on a rolling basis prior to each issue being finalized for printing. Articles include original papers, statements of pedagogy or practice, visual essays, and conversation pieces. Reviews are also published and managed by the Reviews Principal Editor.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Ready to apply? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in successful applicants:

  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • The capacity to devote time each week to the role, and to attend Editorial Board meetings and training sessions as needed.
  • The ability to ensure all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to use an online peer review management system and ensure members of the editorial team do the same.
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A commitment to engaging promptly and efficiently with Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers to implement necessary processes and improvements.
  • A willingness to proactively lead the journal’s Editorial Board, to include arranging and leading Editorial Board meetings.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour as well as knowledge of the COPE guidelines and commitment to ensure that the journal adheres to strict ethical standards at all times.
  • A proven track record as a design scholar and active figure in the discipline of design studies or closely related field.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks and experience of networking through social media.
  • Knowledge of the open access publishing environment.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal.

Application Instructions

Applications should include your CV and a Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 1 page and include:

  • What previous editorial experiences do you have including guest editing, peer review, and sitting on editorial board(s);
  • 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 if you wish to be provided with the role profile, please contact Geraldine Richards ([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.