Deadline: July 1, 2024

The International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) and the Visual Studies Editorial Board invite nominations for the position of Co-Editor for a three-year term (July 2024–July, 2027) with the possibility of a three year renewal (July 2027–July, 2030). The new co-editor will be joining a supportive and experienced team of co-editors and will be given ample time to get up to speed.

The candidate should have a record of peer-reviewed publications in the multidisciplinary field of visual studies; institutional affiliation is desirable but not required.

Visual Studies is a leading international peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of the International Visual Sociology Association. The journal publishes visually-oriented articles across a range of disciplines, and represents a long-standing commitment to empirical visual research, studies of visual and material culture, the development of visual research methods and the exploration of visual means of communication about social and cultural worlds.

Working with the other four Co-Editors on the Editorial Board, the Co-Editor will be jointly responsible for the content and character of Visual Studies journal, which is published quarterly. For more on the transdisciplinary character of the journal, see CODA: visual studies now. Visual Studies, 36(3), pp. 272–273.

The Co-Editor assesses submitted articles and sends manuscripts to appropriate expert referees for peer review. They may also provide guidance to authors concerning the form and content of submissions, and they are responsible for making final decisions regarding acceptance or rejection of manuscripts for publication. It is also expected that they actively foster the development of publication ethics. Some practical training on the role of the Co-Editor and on the use of the Scholar One manuscript management system will be provided by the publishers of Visual Studies, Taylor & Francis.

The Co-Editor is expected to attend the Editorial Board’s regular meetings. These occur twice per month.

Candidates should not be currently serving as an active editor of a competitive journal or as a member of the IVSA’s Board of Directors. Editors should not publish their own single-authored work in the journal during the term of service, though they may publish co-authored work. Candidates should have a willingness to conduct outreach activities to promote the journal at the IVSA’s annual conference, allied events, and on the journal’s social media account(s) in collaboration with the IVSA’s Technology Advisor/Social Media Director.

A modest annual stipend to cover editorial costs is paid to the Co-Editor. This is administered by the IVSA. The term includes membership of the IVSA, and Co-Editors take turns (on an annual rotation) to represent Visual Studies as a voting member on the IVSA’s Board of Directors.

Interested applicants should submit a brief CV and a one page cover letter in one PDF document. The letter of application should emphasise the applicant’s vision for the journal’s future strategy, as well as documenting how their experience has prepared them to fulfil the editorial role. Finalists will be invited to interview.

Please use this form to submit your application.

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