Recruiting for Editor-in-Chief and Peer Reviewers

Reviews in Anthropology

16 October 2023

About the role

Reviews in Anthropology is currently recruiting for an Editor-in-Chief. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong background in Anthropology, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop and grow 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 time frame. As Editor-in-Chief you will also be responsible for managing the Editorial Board and engaging with new authors and researchers for the purposes of commissioning works and building an active journal community.

The journal publishes in-depth reviews of recently published books on all aspects of anthropological study and practice. In addition to review articles, the journal also publishes interviews with key anthropologists. The Editor-in-Chief will have the opportunity to develop this existing content and introduce new article types that evaluate anthropological literature and project outputs more broadly.

Becoming the Editor-in Chief 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.

The journal is currently recruiting for Peer Reviewers as well.

About the journal

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Reviews in Anthropologyis the only anthropological journal devoted to lengthy, in-depth review commentary on recently published books. Titles are largely drawn from the professional literature of anthropology, covering the entire range of work inclusive of all sub-disciplines, including biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology; a smaller number of books is selected from related disciplines. Articles evaluate the place of new books in their theoretical and topical literatures, assess their contributions to anthropology as a whole, and appraise the current state of knowledge in the field. The highly diverse subject matter sustains both specialized research and the generalist tradition of holistic anthropology.

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Key Skills and Attributes

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

  • 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 (when implemented) 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 Committee of Publication Ethics (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.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the open access and open research publishing environment.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal.


The role will formally begin on January 1st 2024, however, to ensure the smooth transition of responsibilities, there is the expectation that the successful applicant will start work with the outgoing Editor-in-Chief towards the end of 2023.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Editor-in-Chief is available on request. Applications should include your CV and a Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 1 page and detail how you would develop and grow the journal, including.

  • How you would grow submission, whilst maintaining or increasing the quality of submissions;
  • How you would work in partnership with the Editorial Board; and
  • How you would work with authors.

For any questions or the role profile, please contact Emma Lockwood, [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.