Editor needed for

The Round Table

Deadline
30 April 2024

About the role

The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs (founded in 1910) is seeking a new editor, to take over the editorship of the journal as from 1 January 2025, for a four-year term (renewable). The editor will be supported by a deputy editor and either three or four associate editors, who will be appointed in consultation with the editor. The editor will also work closely with the website editor, and with the journal’s editorial board and international advisory board.

The editor’s key responsibilities will be:

  • to provide intellectual leadership to the journal.
  • to edit the journal in accordance with broad guidance from the editorial board and in line with the requirements set out in the agreement with the publisher.
  • to manage and solicit submissions to the journal and their peer-reviewing and to take final decisions on the content of the journal.
  • to work closely with the deputy editor and associate editors, and with the publisher, to ensure a timely flow of suitable material for the journal.
  • to work closely with the website editor to ensure consistency and complementarity between the journal and the website, including in the promotion of the journal.
  • to work closely with the editorial board and the international advisory board to promote the interests and the ethos of the journal.
  • to represent the journal and the Round Table externally, including across the Commonwealth where possible, such as by writing articles, delivering speeches, giving media interviews, and meeting and interviewing significant figures likely to be of interest to the journal.

The editor will receive a stipend of £12,000 per annum, which shall be treated as a consultancy fee for tax purposes (i.e. the editor will need to make suitable arrangements for the payment of income tax, National Insurance contributions, or similar local taxes). There is also a budget for journal expenses.

About the journal

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The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs (from 1 January 2025 The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and Policy Studies) is the oldest English-language international affairs journal, and the leading journal for coverage of policy issues concerning the contemporary Commonwealth and its members’ roles in international affairs. Now published in six issues a year, it provides analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs and policy issues relating to the Commonwealth and its (currently) 56 member countries.

An interdisciplinary journal with a particular focus on the Commonwealth and its member countries and on policy-related issues, The Round Table publishes high-quality research about all aspects of the Commonwealth from its member countries and beyond. The journal also publishes shorter opinion pieces, book reviews, and occasional documentation relating to the Commonwealth in its many historical and contemporary aspects.

It publishes contributions from a wide range of subject areas in the humanities and the social sciences, including, as they relate to the Commonwealth and its member countries:

  • politics
  • international relations
  • history
  • economics
  • identity, values and faith
  • environmental policies
  • development studies
  • area/regional studies
  • small states
  • health policies
  • education policies
  • law and legal systems
  • sports policies
  • arts and culture

The journal also publishes interdisciplinary contributions, and two to three special issues each year, on topics relevant to the contemporary Commonwealth and its member countries.

The journal is managed by an editorial board which also maintains a website focused on current Commonwealth concerns (https://www.commonwealthroundtable.co.uk/) and organises occasional seminars and public meetings.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Essential

  • Demonstrated academic expertise at the highest level (usually in international affairs, the social sciences, or the humanities, though not necessarily so).
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, the Commonwealth, its history, development, and current mission.
  • Willingness to keep abreast of developments in academic scholarship in Commonwealth-related fields.
  • Ability to tap into existing academic networks.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and with a track record in writing and editing, including academic books, journal articles, or web-based publications.
  • Familiarity with and willingness to learn about new and emerging digital publishing developments.
  • Sound judgement, combining an ability to think creatively and welcoming of innovation with the need to balance opinion and invite contributions from a broad perspective.
  • Ability to work independently while also operating collaboratively, as necessary with colleagues in the journal team, the wider Round Table organisation, and the publisher.

Desired

  • Teaching or research experience at a university in the Commonwealth (including the UK) going back no earlier than three years at the time of appointment.
  • Experience of producing material for academic journals and possessing exceptional writing and editing skills, together with a familiarity with web-based publications and social media.
  • Knowledge of copyright law and other legal constraints on publications, particularly libel and other forms of defamation.
  • Experience of working in the Commonwealth across different regions and cultures.
  • Contacts within the Commonwealth and further afield of a kind that would be beneficial to advancing the aims and objectives of the journal.

Application Instructions

In order to apply for the post please submit the following:

  • a CV;
  • a covering letter outlining your plans for the journal, including ways to increase the range, quality, and number of articles, and what you in particular would bring to the role; including the names and contact details of two referees

Please direct any questions to [email protected] by 30 April 2024. It is expected that shortlisting will take place in May and interviews in June.

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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.