Editor-in-Chief / Co-Editors needed for

Visual Anthropology

11 March 2024

About the role

Visual Anthropology is currently recruiting for a new Editor-in-Chief or set of Co-Editors. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong background in Anthropology and the Visual Arts, 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 part of this role, 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 research articles that examine human behavior through visual means. You will have the opportunity to develop existing content and introduce new article types that showcase approaches to anthropological and ethnographic research through a visual lens, utilizing Taylor & Francis multimedia publishing capabilities.
A good knowledge of ethical best practice is required, particularly regarding the reuse of third party owned material, research involving human participants and ethnographic methods, and the use of sensitive images/material.

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.

The role comes with an annual honorarium to support the Editor’s work on the journal.

About the journal

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Visual Anthropology is a scholarly journal presenting original articles, commentary, discussions, and film and book reviews on anthropological and ethnographic topics. The journal focuses on the study of human behavior through visual means. Experts in the field also examine visual symbolic forms from a cultural-historical framework and provide a cross-cultural study of art and artifacts. Visual Anthropology also promotes the study, use, and production of anthropological and ethnographic films, videos, and photographs for research and teaching.

Additional topics cover:

  • the relationship of cultural and visual perception;
  • visual theories, technologies, and methodologies for recording and analyzing behavior and the relationships among different modes of communication;
  • the study of human behavior through visual means;
  • the analysis of the structuring of reality as evidenced by visual productions and artifacts;
  • the study of the forms of social organization surrounding the planning, production, and use of visual symbolic forms;
  • the support of urgent ethnographic filming;
  • the use of media in cultural feedback.

Peer Review Policy: This is a peer-reviewed journal. All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and subsequent review by one or two anonymous referees. The only exception is when certain submitted articles fall within the special anthropological competence of one of the editors, in which case that person serves as the reviewer. In addition, we may note that book and film reviews are solicited by the review editors from competent writers, and the reviews are scrutinized by those editors before publication.

Publication office: Taylor & Francis, Inc., 530 Walnut Street, Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.

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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 rigor 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 from April 2024.

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 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 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.