Academic Editor of Anatolian Studies (Voluntary Role)

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Applications close Monday 1 July 2024


The British Institute at Ankara invites applications from qualified persons for the post of Academic Editor of their flagship annual journal, Anatolian Studies.

Anatolian Studies is published annually in May through CUP, with early online publication through First View. Traditionally a journal of archaeology, it carries articles concerning the history and culture of Anatolia, from prehistory through to modern period, with an average of nine to ten published papers in each issue of circa 240 pages.

The Academic Editor is a voluntary role usually for a five-year term, reporting to the British Institute at Ankara’s Publications Committee. The Academic Editor works in consultation with the professional Publications Editor, who manages inquiries, submissions, initial reviewer suggestion, copy editing, typesetting and technical issues through the Scholar One submissions platform. The Academic Editor also appoints members of and consults with an editorial board comprising a variety of scholars representing various sub-disciplines and periods. The role-holder is awarded an honorarium of £1,500 pa, split in the case of two co-editors (see below).

Specific duties, in consultation with the Publications Editor and with the aid of the editorial board, include:

  • overseeing the content of each issue with a view to quality and diversity of topics, and the inclusion of as diverse a range of authors as possible
  • vetting submissions and making final decisions on reviewers
  • post-review vetting of reviews and working with the Publications Editor on a consolidated review to return to authors
  • checking and final acceptance of all revised articles
  • providing editorial support and guidance to the Publications Editor on copy editing of submissions
  • promoting the journal, developing it and attracting high-quality submissions
  • liaising with CUP concerning marketing and sales, and matters affecting academic publishing more generally (open access; transformative agreements etc.)
  • liaising with the Chair of Publications Committee on matters affecting the journal, producing an annual editorial report for, and attending Publications Committee meetings

The Academic Editor will succeed co-editors Prof. Naoise Mac Sweeney and Dr Anna Collar. There may be one Academic Editor or the position may be shared between two co-editors, who should apply as a team. The term of office is five years. The deadline for applying is 1 July 2024, with the aim of the editor(s) shadowing Prof. Mac Sweeney and Dr Collar for the production of the May 2025 issue, and taking over after that (when the honorarium will be instated). The Academic Editor(s) must be a member of the BIAA.

Application process

Informal inquiries should be address to the Chair of the Publications Committee, Dr Cathie Draycott ( Applicants for the role should send to the same address a short CV outlining their relevant experience and a covering letter which outlines their familiarity with the journal and its content, their skills and experience appropriate to the role, and their vision of the journal and its direction, including equity, diversity and inclusivity in academic publishing and in Anatolian Studies.