Call for Editor

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Would you like to be the Editor of English Studies?

Application Deadline: 6 September 2019

"Becoming the Editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognised as a leading figure within the research community."

Now in its 100th volume and publishing 8 issues a year, English Studies has been one of the defining publications in the field of ‘English’. Unique in the range and quality of its coverage, it attracts contributions from leading scholars worldwide on the language, literature and culture of the English-speaking world from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. In its editorial policy, the journal combines a healthy respect for tradition with a keen interest in the latest innovative approaches. For full details of the Aims & Scope, please visit: 

Routledge are seeking to appoint a new Editor, or pair of Co-Editors, with suitable academic background as well as the passion to drive the journal forward and maintain its strong reputation. The journal and Routledge are dedicated to diversity, inclusion and fair process, and we therefore welcome scholars from all backgrounds and creeds to apply.

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions, using the English Studies Editorial Manager site, which has dedicated administrative support. They will have authority to accept articles following peer review and will ensure that reviewers, authors and Editorial Board members adhere to the journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. There will be an agreed handover period with the outgoing Editor to ensure seamless transition and the new Editor(s) would be free to choose a team to support them.

Routledge will provide training on systems and processes used and remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. Routledge will also be available to attend regular board meetings and supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the journal.

Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Active within the literary research community;
  • Experience of/in academic publishing (special issues, peer review, edited collections, etc.);
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to attract the highest quality submissions;
  • Strong organisational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as reviewers, Editorial Board members, authors and Routledge contacts;
  • Time to devote to the journal’s development and act as an ambassador for the journal.

The role will formally begin from 1 January 2020, with a transition period leading up to this.

Submitting your Application:

If you would like to apply for the position of Editor please forward your CV(s), a covering letter and a vision statement to Becky Guest, Routledge, ( by 6 September 2019. Applications for co-editorship can be made jointly.

Your vision statement should be no longer than two pages and should cover:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it;
  • What opportunities for development you see for the journal, and ideas for how you would enact these;
  • How you would work in partnership with the various stakeholders;
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality and diversity of submissions;
  • How you would work with and support authors.

Following receipt of applications, candidates will be selected for telephone/Skype interview.
Formal appointment and a transition timeline will then be mutually agreed with Routledge and the outgoing Editor.
If you have any questions about the role or application process, please contact

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