Editor (or Editorial team) needed for

Contemporary South Asia

22 June 2024

About the role

Contemporary South Asia is currently recruiting for an Editor or Editorial team. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in South Asian studies, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal. As part of this role, you will be responsible for the oversight and administration of a rigorous and proper peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of content of suitable scope and quality within an agreed publication timeframe.
Applications from individuals or a team of individuals are equally welcome, and individuals need not be based at the same institution.
Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

About the journal

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The countries of South Asia - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - are internally diverse and part of global flows of people, goods and ideas. Contemporary South Asia seeks to address the issues of the region by presenting research and analysis which is both cross-regional and multi-disciplinary. The Journal encourages the development of new perspectives on the study of South Asia from across the arts and social sciences disciplines and welcomes contributions to pan-regional and inter-disciplinary analysis. The Journal’s aim is to create a vibrant research space to explore the multidimensional issues of concern to scholars working on South Asia and South Asian diasporas in the postcolonial era.
Contemporary South Asia publishes four issues a year featuring English-language research articles, research notes, viewpoints, and book reviews, as well as occasional ‘Book Forum’ features. The Journal is published by Routledge in affiliation with the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) and is supported by a diverse international editorial board.
For more information on the Journal, please visit: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/ccsa20

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Key Skills and Attributes

  • 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 confidently 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 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 willingness to proactively lead the journal’s Editorial Board, to include arranging and leading Editorial Board meetings.
  • A proven track record as a key opinion leader and known figure within your academic discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance and experience of networking through social media.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the open access publishing environment.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Editor is available on request. Interested candidates are requested to email a letter of interest, a full C.V., and a statement of editorial intent, to Erato Basea, Portfolio Manager ([email protected]). Statements of editorial intent should be no longer than two pages, and should cover:
  • Your views on the current standing of Contemporary South Asia
  • What you would like the Journal to achieve under your Editorship
  • Where you believe the field is going, and the Journals 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
Interviews will be held in July.
The outgoing Editor of the Journal, Dr John Zavos is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the post informally and can be contacted at [email protected].
All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Routledge will judge each application on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, gender identity, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate. The Editor of the Contemporary South Asia will be supported in his or her activities by the Association and Publisher and an annual contribution will be made towards editorial expenses. The appointment is for three years, renewable for a further two-year term, subject to mutual agreement Routledge and the Editor(s). It is envisaged that the successful candidate(s) will benefit from a handover period with the outgoing Editor.


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.