Recruiting for Open Issues Editor

Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

31 December 2023

About the role

Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (also known as ‘RiDE’) is currently recruiting for a new Open Issues Editor, who has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the Journal. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background and recognised expertise in at least one area of Drama Education, Applied Theatre or Applied Performance and a strong interest in the wide range of practices and topics the Journal covers. 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. The Open Issues Editor will liaise closely with RiDE’s co-Editors (Themed Issues, Points and Practices, and Reviews) and key Taylor & Francis staff (Editorial, Peer Review and Production), as well as meet (at least annually) with the Journal’s Editorial Board.

Further, 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 recognised as a leading figure within the academic community.

The role will formally begin June 2024, with an agreed handover period with the outgoing Open Issues Editor before the official start. This is to not only ensure a seamless transition, but to also provide guidance for the incoming Open Issues Editor. The role is for an initial term of 3 years.

Taylor & Francis will provide annual remuneration for the role to cover journal-related expenses. Additionally, periodic publishing reports reflecting on the performance of the Journal will be presented. Training will also be arranged for the Journal’s online editorial/peer review system, ScholarOne.

About the journal

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Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (RiDE) is a peer-reviewed journal aimed at those with an interest in applying performance practices to cultural engagement, education and social change. The Journal provides an international forum for innovative research into drama and theatre conducted in community, education, developmental and therapeutic contexts. RiDE publishes original research that is urgent, timely or significant for the field and offers analysis and critique of the discipline.

The Journal publishes four issues per year, two of which are open issues and two of which are themed issues. Open issues include refereed research articles, points and practice pieces, and book and conference reviews. Themed issues are edited by Dr. Molly Mullen (NZ), Points and Practice submissions are edited by Dr. Selina Busby (UK) and reviews are edited by Dr. Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta (Canada).

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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 (someone with prior editing and/or publishing experience) and familiarity with all stages of the process.
• A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development and enhancement of the Journal, in conjunction with the co-Editors, Taylor & Francis and the Editorial Board.
• 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, as well as the ability to ensure all accepted manuscripts are of publishable quality and standard.
• The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system and ensure best practice of the peer review process.
• 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 and reviewers 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 convene and participate in the Journal’s Editorial Board meetings, which may include arranging and leading, as well as providing timely updates on discussed matters upon request.
• 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.
• Be publicly identifiable as the Journal’s editor and a champion of the Journal, including active promotion within established networks and the greater academic and practice communities.
• Knowledge of and commitment to the open access publishing environment.

Additionally, the Open Issues Editor will:
• Exercise professional editorial discretion in relation to all matters associated with managing the Journal.
• Commission quality papers within the fields of Drama Education, Applied Theatre and Applied Performance.
• Receive and read papers submitted to, organise and process reviews for, and make final decisions on edits and publication for Open Issues of the Journal.
• Assist and coordinate with the co-Editors of Themed Issues, Points and Practices, and Reviews.
• In conjunction with the co-Editors and Editorial Board, take a leading role in monitoring the quality of the Journal and how well it meets reader needs and interests to ensure that the Journal continues to be a leader within its academic communities.
• Convene and co-ordinate with special working groups from the Editorial Board to address strategic issues as they arise.

Application Instructions

Applications should include your CV (or resumé including a list of publications), and an Expression of Interest. Expressions of Interest should be no more than 1,000 words, and should include:

1. A short statement describing your qualifications related to this role.
2. A short statement describing your experience in academic editing and/or publishing and reviewing.
3. A brief statement saying why you are interested in being the Open Issues Editor.
4. An indication that your home institution will support you in this role or an indication of how the role will fit with your existing role(s) at your institution or agency.

For any questions on the application process or the posting listed here, please contact Kimberly Doney.
Additionally, current Open Issues Editor, James Thompson, is happy to be contacted with any questions specific to his experience in this role: [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.