RURB Call for Editor and Assistant Editor

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Call for Editor, Special Issue Editor, and Editorial Assistant

Urban Geography

Application Deadline
31 October 2020

Applications are invited for the posts of Editor, Special Issue Editor, and Editorial Assistant for Urban Geography

Urban Geography has two editorial openings, and and assistant editorial opening.  The first is for an Editor, the second is for a Special Issue Editor, and the third is for an Editorial Assistant.  The Editor and Special Issue Editor post are for an initial term of three years, and the Editorial Assistant post is for an initial term of two years, starting in January 2021.

Please submit applications by 5 pm (GMT), 31 October 2020

Editor position

Job Description

We are seeking an Editor to join Ayona Datta and Nathan McClintock as a front-line editor. The Editor will work collaboratively with the Editor in Chief, Kevin Ward, the existing Editorial Team and the Publisher, Routledge, to coordinate the publication process; overseeing all editorial aspects from submission to final publication. The Editorial team is supported by the Editorial Board and Routledge, the latter in turn co-ordinating the activities of in-house editorial, production, marketing, sales, and distribution staff.

Editors are involved in the operational and strategic leadership of the journal.  Strategically they work as part of the Senior Editorial Team to deliver the journal’s mission, ensuring it publishes the best of urban geography, working with an inclusive and progressive agenda.  Operationally, editors are responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and rendering decisions on manuscript submissions, and attending the annual Editorial Board meetings held at the AAG (although applicants who may envisage travel difficulties can participate by Skype or similar means and are in no way discouraged from applying). 

Urban Geography publishes 10 issues annually, each containing five to seven research manuscripts in addition to book reviews, editorials, and other special features.  Over the year an editor will normally process between 60 and 80 submissions and the submission and review process occurs on line through the Editorial Manager system.

The successful candidate will begin to shadow current editors in December 2020, fully taking on the role on 1 January 2021.

Candidate Specification

Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in the context of urban geography and related subjects, and be actively involved with networks within the field. Applicants must have strong organizational and managerial skills, an ability and willingness to work collaboratively on editorial tasks and a commitment to the mission of Urban Geography. The successful candidate is likely to be a tenured academic, with some experience in editing journals, Special Issues and/or edited books.  They will feel comfortable dealing with a wide range of papers using varied methodologies and focusing on cities in a variety of cultural and national contexts, such as Chinese, Asian and South East Asian cities.

Special Issues Editor position

Job Description

We are seeking a Special Issues Editor to work collaboratively with the Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Ward, the existing Editorial Team and the Publisher, Routledge, to manage the special issue sections of the journal. This includes soliciting proposal and responding to expressions of interest, working to have a strategic overview of the role of special issues in the context of work published by the journal.   Operationally, the special issue editor is responsible for soliciting, managing the review process, and rendering decisions on manuscript submissions, and attending the annual Editorial Board meetings held at the AAG (although applicants who may envisage travel difficulties can participate by Skype or similar means and are in no way discouraged from applying).

The successful candidate will take up the position on 1 January 2021.

Candidate Specification

Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in the context of urban geography and related subjects, and be actively involved with networks within the field. Applicants must have strong organizational and managerial skills, an ability and willingness to work collaboratively on editorial tasks and a commitment to the mission of Urban Geography. The successful candidate is likely to be a tenured academic, with some experience in editing journals, Special Issues and/or edited books

The successful candidate will begin to shadow current editors in December 2020, fully taking on the role on 1 January 2021.

Routledge will provide an annual contribution to expenses incurred by each Editor.

Application Procedure for the Editor and Special Issue Editor Position

Applicants are requested to submit a one-page vision statement and outline of qualifications for the position, along with a two-page C.V.  Applicants will be contacted in early November and a final decision taken by early December 2020.

To submit your application, please E-Mail your documents to Kevin Ward ([email protected]) and Sarah Bird ([email protected]), under the subject line of either, “Urban Geography Editor” or “Urban Geography Special Issues Editor”.

Editorial Assistant position

Job Description

We are seeking an Editorial Assistant to join the current Editorial team, working with the Editor-in-Chief Kevin Ward. The Editorial Assistant will work collaboratively with the EiC, the existing Editorial Team and the Publisher, Routledge, to coordinate the publication process; overseeing editorial aspects from submission to final publication.

Operationally, the Editorial Assistant will be responsible for liaising between the EiC, the Frontline and Section Editors, authors, and the Routledge Peer-Review and Production teams on manuscript submissions to ensure smooth and timely publication.

Tasks and responsibilities of the Editorial Assistant may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • to work to support the Editors of the Journal;
    • Taking on administrative tasks as required
    • Responding to queries from authors or Editors as required
  • to support the movement of manuscripts through the submission system and Production to publication. This may include such tasks as:
    • Liaising with the Routledge Peer-Review team to have Special Issues added to the system
    • Collaborating with the various handling Editors to ensure papers are correctly designated to their sections prior to export into Production
    • Liaising with the Production Editor on compilation of issues and allocation of papers to ensure adherence to page budgets
    • Checking manuscript backlog reports to ensure the proper grouping and scheduling of papers for publication
    • to monitor and oversee the backlog in collaboration with the Editor and Production to effectively manage the flow of papers and ensure timely publication;
  • to promptly refer any ethical or copyright or legal issues to the Editor and the Publisher;
  • to undertake general editorial duties for the Journal; and
  • to work together with the Editor and the Publisher to promote the reputation, academic success, and prosperity of the Journal.

Candidate Specification

Applicants should have an established scholarly record in the context of urban geography and related subjects, and be actively involved with networks within the field. Applicants must have strong organizational and communication skills, an ability and willingness to work collaboratively on editorial tasks and a commitment to the mission of Urban Geography. The successful candidate is likely to be a postgraduate/post doc, wanting to gain editorial experience in scholarly publications.  They will feel comfortable dealing with multiple tasks, liaising with different stakeholders and responding to varied queries within the context of manuscript processing.

The successful candidate will begin working with Routledge and the EiC to shape a workflow agree the full range of responsibilities of the role towards the end of 2020 before fully taking on the role in January 2021.

Routledge will provide an annual contribution to expenses incurred by the Editorial Assistant.

Application Procedure for the Assistant Editor Position

Applicants are requested to submit a two-page C.V. along with a covering letter detailing their suitability for the role by the closing date of 31 October 2020. Applicants called for interview will be contacted by Monday 9 November and a final decision taken by early December  

To submit your application, please E-Mail your documents to Kevin Ward ([email protected]) and Sarah Bird ([email protected]), under the subject line of, “Urban Geography Editor”.

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. As we are committed to expanding and diversifying representation through the recruitment of editors and board members whose identities are underrepresented in the discipline, our recruitment process will also involve conscious regard for the gender and race of applicants.

Urban Geography was established in 1980 by Victor H. Winston, in partnership with the Urban Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.  Since 2013 Urban Geography has been published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis.  The journal is ranked 9/42 in Urban Studies and 19/84 in Geography (2019, JCR classification), with an impact factor of 3.014.

Over four decades Urban Geography has been at the forefront of urban scholarship. It is an international, peer reviewed journal, publishing high-quality, innovative and original empirical, methodological and theoretical research. Foregrounded in the geographical tradition but with a track record of publishing work from across the social sciences, the journal seeks to contribute to the understanding of the current and future global urban condition.

Urban Geography publishes 10 issues annually, each containing five to seven research manuscripts in addition to book reviews, editorials, and other special features. The submission and review process occurs online through the Editorial Manager system.

Please visit http://www.tandfonline.com/rurb for additional information about the Journal and Publisher.

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