Call for Editor

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Call for Editor

Application Deadline: 31 October 2019

Would you like to edit the British Journal for the History of Philosophy?

BJHP has been promoting and fostering the understanding of all aspects of the history of philosophy since 1993, as the official Journal of the British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP). BJHP is committed to ensuring an inclusive scope, covering classic texts while also giving attention to lesser known figures and under-represented traditions. Connections to traditions beyond Western philosophy are encouraged. For full details of the Aims & Scope, please visit: www.tandfonline.com/rbjh. 

The BSHP, in consultation with Routledge, is 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, Society and Routledge are dedicated to diversity, inclusion and fair process, and we therefore welcome scholars from all backgrounds and areas of expertise in history of philosophy.

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions, using the BJHP ScholarOne site. They will have authority to accept articles following peer review and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. There will be an agreed handover period with the outgoing Editor (Professor Michael Beaney) to ensure seamless transition and the position is supported by a collaborative group of Associate Editors.

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

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.

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

  • Active within the philosophical research community, with a strong international reputation in an area of history of philosophy;
  • Experience of academic editing and 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;
  • The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as reviewers, Editorial Board members, Society members and the Society Management Committee;
  • Due to the location of the Society and its meetings, the successful candidate(s) should be based in the UK or be willing to travel to the editorial board and BSHP management committee meetings.

The role will formally begin from 1 January 2021, 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 Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza, BSHP Chair, (maria.rosa.antognazza@kcl.ac.uk) by 31 October 2019. Applications for co-editorship should be made jointly, with a clear statement of how you intend to run the journal jointly. At least one of the co-editors should be a woman. 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;
  • How you would work in partnership with the Associate Editors, Editorial Board and Society;
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality and diversity of submissions;
  • How you would work with and support authors.
  • The support that you would be given by your home institution(s).


Following receipt of applications, candidates will be selected for telephone/Skype interview.

Formal appointment will be confirmed in time for the BSHP 2020 AGM (April 2020).

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