The Research Society for American Periodicals seeks proposals from individuals or teams who wish to serve as the next editors of our semiannual journal, American Periodicals.
About American Periodicals
American Periodicals is devoted exclusively to scholarship and criticism relating to American magazines and newspapers. It includes essays, notes, reviews, bibliographies, and histories concerning all aspects of American periodicals, from the earliest 18th-century magazines to 21st-century ’zines and e-journals. It is available in leading electronic journal databases and is indexed with Modern Language Association International Bibliography, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, Communications Abstracts, and Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.
About the Positions
We wish to fill two editor positions and a book review editor position. The primary responsibilities of the editorial staff will be to edit two issues of American Periodicals per year, specifically:
- Solicit submissions and guide them through peer review
- Commission book reviews
- Work closely with Ohio State University Press to prepare the journal for publication
- Provide leadership and vision for the journal
- Explore ways to expand the reach of the journal and pool of submissions
We welcome proposals from teams or individuals interested in the positions of editor or book review editor. The successful applicants will be offered a contract to edit the journal for three years, renewable for up to five. We will offer funding to subsidize two course releases per year, for up to $3,000 each (one for two editors or two for one editor) for the first three years, with the expectation that we will continue that support through five years if the editors seek an extension and income from the journal allows it.
To apply, please send a CV (or CVs, if submitting as a team) and a narrative describing your qualifications and your vision for the journal, including plans for expanding the pool of submissions, as well as an indication of your institution’s support.
Please submit your application in .doc or .pdf format to the chair of our search team, Amanda Gailey, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 2, 2014.