Call for Co-Editor of Patterns of Prejudice

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Call for Co-Editor

Patterns of Prejudice

18 June 2021

About the Journal

Patterns of Prejudice is a peer-reviewed, international journal published five times a year. Founded in 1967, it is one of the world’s oldest journals to provide a forum for exploring the historical roots and contemporary varieties of social exclusion and the demonization or stigmatization of racial, ethnic, national, or religious Others across the world. In this endeavour, the journal is genuinely interdisciplinary. It aims to be accessible to a large and diverse scholarly audience, including those working across the whole spectrum of Humanities and Social Science subjects, including Cultural and Literary Studies, History, Politics, Sociology and Law.


The editors are now seeking a new co-editor with specific expertise in the study of racisms against people of colour. It is vital that the successful candidate have genuine curiosity and enthusiasm for the broad, interdisciplinary scope of the journal and a keen interest in supporting cutting-edge scholarship covering both historical and contemporary issues in a global context. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in taking part in methodologically diverse global conversations on race and racisms, and promoting Patterns of Prejudice as a home for both accessible and cutting-edge research.


The position attracts an annual payment of approximately £2,000. Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to take up the position on 1 January 2022. The new co-editor will be supported by the current, well-established co-editors and the wider editorial team, including an Editorial Assistant, Reviews Editor, Social Media Editor and Editorial Board. The successful candidate will have a six-month trial period, during which time mentorship will be provided, before committing to take on the co-editorship.

About the Role:

Responsibilities of all co-editors include:

  • Reading submissions in a timely fashion and contributing to the collective decision as to whether the article should be rejected or continue to external peer review. Patterns of Prejudice currently receives, on average, over 75 articles each year—averaging one or two submissions a week—with approximately 25% of these articles eventually being accepted for publication.
  • Taking part in the peer-review process, including identifying appropriate reviewers and ensuring that reports are received in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Making timely decisions, based on peer-review reports, as to whether an article should be accepted for publication.
  • Commissioning and overseeing the production of Special Issues relevant to the journal’s aims and scope.
  • Overseeing the work of the Social Media Editor and Reviews Editor.
  • Building the journal’s community of contributors and reviewers, including the periodic reviewing and refreshing of the Editorial Board.
  • Attending editorial team meetings.
  • Acting as a liaison between the journal and the broader academic community, including identifying promising contributors and/or commissioning articles.
  • Participating in all negotiations with the journal’s publisher.
  • Representing the journal and promoting it when possible, with the support of the publisher.
  • Developing and implementing a strategy to grow the journal, further enhance the position of the journal both in the academic community and in relation to other leading journals.
  • Facilitating any changes of editorial personnel.


Patterns of Prejudice is looking for someone who:

  • Has expertise and a specific interest in the interdisciplinary study of racisms directed at people of colour, and equally an interest in the journal’s scope beyond their own specific expertise.
  • Has the flexibility to be able to support the journal’s editorial process on a sometimes-irregular basis throughout the calendar year.
  • Has substantial administrative experience and is well organised.
  • Can think and make judgements independently.
  • Can work both independently and as a team player.
  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Has excellent IT skills.
  • Is fluent in English with a keen eye for assessing written work.
  • Can attend editorial meetings (potentially online).
  • Has knowledge and experience of academic publishing and editing processes.
  • Has a Ph.D. or is at a comparable academic level. We anticipate that this position might be of interest to both early and mid-career academics; we are happy to receive applications from individuals at different career stages.


Application Procedure:

Those interested in making an application should send a CV (no more than 3 pages), together with a letter outlining their ability to perform the role and relevant experience. Please provide two referees that can be approached prior to interview. Informal enquiries and applications should be sent to Chad McDonald ([email protected]). The deadline for applications is 18 June 2021.


Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a short-written exercise, with video interviews being held in early September 2021.

Publishes research on the historical roots of social exclusion and the stigmatization based on race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.