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Recruiting for Editor, Editorial Board Members and Reviewers

Journal of Medieval History

31 March 2023

About the role

Journal of Medieval History (published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis) is currently recruiting for an Editor, Editorial Board Members and Reviewers. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in Medieval History, 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.

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.

What support can the Editor expect from Taylor & Francis?

The Editor would receive significant support from Taylor & Francis in their role, and can expect the following to help facilitate a successful working partnership:

  • Training support to use our production and peer review systems,
  • Provision of an online submission and peer review system with support available to assist in its operation, including managing author queries.
  • A production service for accepted material which prioritises a commitment to timely and high-quality publications,
  • Journal performance data, support, and guidance to assist generation and implementation of an editorial strategy for the journal,
  • General guidance on legal matters and publication ethics (including COPE resources and eLearning modules, as well as ethics training session provided by Taylor & Francis/Routledge) and specific support should questions concerning this arise,
  • Global dissemination, via Taylor & Francis Online, marketing and promotion for all published journal content.

About the journal

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The Journal of Medieval History is a major international periodical devoted to all aspects of the history of Europe in the Middle Ages.  Founded in 1975, it has a distinguished record of publication encompassing research articles, as well as historiographical essays, ‘state of research’ studies, editions of short texts and review articles on all aspects of historical enquiry between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. The geographical scope of the Journal is Europe, broadly defined, from Iberia to the Urals, and from the Mediterranean littoral to Scandinavia and the North Atlantic.  Most issues comprise around six articles.  The Journal also publishes special issues and longer pieces of scholarship that stimulate exchange and debate. The Journal has published many contributions from Early Career Researchers and continues to encourage these submissions.

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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 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.
  • Familiarity with Latin and other languages (please specify).
  • Experience of editing an academic journal or guest-editing special issues.

The role will formally begin from January 2024, with a transition period of overlap with the outgoing Editor from September 2023.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Editor Role is available on request. Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter and a Vision Statement. Please note that if applying as a team of Co-Editors, we require CVs for each individual and one collective Cover Letter and 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.
  • If applying as part of a team of Co-Editors how you would divide up the work between you (for instance by chronological or geographical focus per manuscript or issue by issue).
  • Your vision for future development and how you would mark the journal’s 50th anniversary in 2024.


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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