Call for Editor of Prose Studies

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Call for Editor 

Prose Studies

31 August 2020

About the Role

Prose Studies provides a forum for discussion of the history, theory and criticism of non-fictional prose of all periods. As the study of non-fiction prose transforms, 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. 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 Prose Studies Editorial Manager site. 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. The new Editor(s) would initially work with the current Editor, Clare Simmons (Ohio State University) through an agreed handover period to ensure seamless transition. The new Editor(s) would be free to choose a team to support them and update the journal’s policies as relevant.

Routledge will provide training on systems and processes used as well as remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. Routledge will also be able to supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the journal to support ongoing development.

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.

Submitting your Application

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

  • Active within a relevant research community (including but not limited to literature, languages, rhetoric, media studies, communication and journalism);
  • 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.

Submitting your Expression of Interest

If you are interested in the role, please send your CV(s) and a short vision statement to Becky Guest, Routledge, ([email protected]) by 31st August 2020. Potential co-editors should express their interest jointly.

Your vision statement should be no longer than 600 words and should cover:

  • Where you believe the study of non-fiction prose is going, and the journal’s place within it;
  • What opportunities for development you see, and ideas for how you would enact these;
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality and diversity of submissions in a virtual environment.

Following receipt, suitable candidates will be selected to discuss the role in more detail.

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 the current Editor [email protected] and [email protected].



Prose Studies provides a forum for discussion of the history, theory and criticism of non-fictional prose of all periods. The journal publishes studies of recognized genres of non-fiction as autobiography, biography, the sermon, the essay, the letter, the journal etc., while it also aims to promote the study of non-fictional prose as an important component in ongoing re-configuration of literary canons and categories of text. Interdisciplinary studies and work on the theory and practice of discourse are also encouraged.