Recruiting for Editor, Editorial Board Members & Reviewers

Journal of Web Librarianship

30 October 2023

About the role

The Journal of Web Librarianship is currently recruiting for a new Editor.

This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in web science; who has the commitment, drive and ability to develop the journal to cover advances which are relevant to librarianship as practiced on the web. As part of this role, you will be responsible for the oversight and administration of a rigorous and peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of high-quality content, within an agreed publication timeframe.

Becoming the Editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, promote the research in your field and be recognized as a leading figure within the subject community.

This is a freelance role which will formally begin from 1 January 2024, after a period of transition with the outgoing Editor.

We also welcome Editorial Board Members and Peer Reviewers applications.

About the journal

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The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals.

The journal strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications on relevant topics in web librarianship. Web services and systems librarians are encouraged to contribute, as are librarians working in public services, technical services, special collections, archives, and administration.

The Journal of Web Librarianship welcomes articles covering topics including but not limited to library web page design and redesigns, web project management, usability testing of library or library-related sites, cataloging or classification of Web information, international issues in web librarianship, library integration with other web sites, and future aspects of web librarianship. The journal is also interested in articles related to user behavior on the web, including search behaviors, social networking site trends, and the connection between the web-at-large and library web resources.

The journal accepts empirical studies providing objective evidence related to current web-related challenges for libraries, including usability test reports, user survey results, and analyses of web statistics. The journal will also consider case studies of cutting-edge web projects in all types of libraries and best practices based on library experiences, literature, tutorials, and literature reviews.

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Key Skills and Attributes

These are the skills and attributes we are looking for in 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.
  • Experience of content commissioning.
  • 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.
  • Experience of reading, summarizing, and making decisions after independent evaluation of research work.
  • 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

The Editor role is detailed here – see

Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter and a Vision Statement. Your vision statement should be no longer than one page and include:

  • Where you believe the field of  web science is going, and how the journal can broaden its scope to cover the research which is relevant to continued digital transformation of libraries and information services
  • How you would develop the range of content types which the journal publishes
  • How you would advocate for the journal and commission authors
  • How you would develop the Editorial Board and engage with it to actively support the journal.

For any questions, please contact [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.

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