Call for Early Career Researcher

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Call for Editorial Board Members: Early Career and Book Reviews Editor

The London Journal

15 April 2020

About the role

The London Journal, an interdisciplinary journal about metropolitan society, past and present, would like to recruit a UK based Early Career Researcher to join our Editorial Board. We have a strong track record in promoting and publishing early career researchers via the annual Curriers’ Prize and we’d like to help nurture researchers by introducing them to academic journal publication.

Terms of Reference for the London Journal Editorial Board

  • Take charge of article submissions assigned by the Journal Editor, by:
    • inviting suitable peer reviewers;
    • chasing up late or inadequate reviews; making a recommendation for accept, minor/major revisions, reject, and drafting letter to the author
    • consulting with the Editor in difficult cases, such as when peer reviewers differ substantially in their opinion
    • overseeing resubmissions as necessary
  • In consultation with the Book Reviews and Exhibition Reviews editors, recommend potential books and exhibitions for review, and reviewers for same
  • Actively solicit submissions to the Journal
  • Promote the Journal when opportunities arise
  • Attend regularly the three Editorial Board meetings a year (at a minimum once a year). Reasonable travel expenses can be met for members based outside London.
  • On a rotating basis, take the minutes of the meeting
  • Advise on the membership of the Board

Find out more about the role of the editorial board and send an expression of interest and brief cv to our Editor Charlie Turpie [email protected] by 15 April 2020. She is happy to answer queries about the post by email.

Book Reviews Editor

If you are interested in the role of Book Reviews Editor, please send an expression of interest and brief cv to the Chair of our Editorial Board, Bob Shoemaker ([email protected]) by 15 April 2020. We are willing to consider dividing the job between books on the pre-1900 period and those on modern and contemporary topics; let us know if you are interested in this possibility.

Job description for Book Reviews Editor:

  • Liaise with publishers to request newly published works on London. This involves being added to publishers’ mailing lists, checking their websites and keeping an eye on other publications.
  • Find reviewers for the works, and arrange the works to be sent to them. This involves researching the interests and publications of appropriate academics and others. The postholder's employing institution should bear the costs of postage. (If the postholder is an independent scholar, the Trust could probably cover postal costs.)
  • Edit review copy to minimise errors of fact and the potential for offence, and to ensure compliance with LJ style.
  • Send copy to the publishers in line with their schedule and in the appropriate format, and liaise with them on the production of the section, including proofreading.
  • Maintain a database of authors and reviewers.

The scope of The London Journal is broad, embracing all aspects of metropolitan society past and present, including comparative studies. The Journal is multi-disciplinary and is intended to interest all concerned with the understanding and enrichment of London and Londoners: historians, geographers, literary scholars, economists, sociologists, political scientists, social workers, educationalists, planners, architects, conservationists, archaeologists, and all those taking an interest in the natural environment and in the fine and performing arts in London.

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