Call for Editorial Assistant

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Call for Editorial Assistant

Application Deadline: 31 October 2019

Applications are invited for the post of Editorial Assistant for Urban Geography

Urban Geography has an opening for an Editorial Assistant.  The post is for an initial term of two years, starting January 2020. Please submit applications by 31 October 2019

About the Journal

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 4/40 in Urban Studies and 7/83 in Geography (2018, JCR classification), with an impact factor of 3.567.

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 for additional information about the Journal and Publisher.

Job Description - Editorial Assistant position

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 and agree the full range of responsibilities of the role towards the end of 2019 before fully taking on the role in January 2020. There will be a three-month probationary period from January 2020 after which the initial term will run to December 2021 with the option to extend beyond this by mutual agreement.

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

Application Procedure

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 2019. Applicants called for interview will be contacted by Monday 11 November and a final decision taken by the end of November.

To submit your application, please E-Mail your documents to Kevin Ward ( and Sarah Bird (, under the subject line of “Urban Geography Editorial Assistant”.


All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Routledge and the Editorial Team will judge each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, or sex of the candidate.

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