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Managing Editor

Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £23,359 per annum
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th March 2021
Closes: 23rd April 2021

The Cambridge Political Economy Society (CPES), a charitable organization devoted to the promotion and dissemination of heterodox economics and political economy, wishes to appoint a Managing Editor for one of its academic journals, the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

The post is part-time (50 percent) - for 17.5 hours per week - with a 6 months probationary period.  The post is renumerated at point 53 on the University Salary Scale (Grade 7, 3). For this post this provides a salary of £23,359 per annum.  

The successful candidate will have the experience of managing the day-to-day editorship of an academic journal or similar publication or similar experience gained from managing complex projects in academia.

More information about the Society and its activities can be found at www.cpes.org.uk. The closing date for applications is 23 April 2021, with interviews planned for the week beginning 3-7 May. Applicants should include a CV and covering letter, setting out relevant experience, which should be submitted by email to Philippa Millerchip at pm436@cam.ac.uk. Any queries about the post can also be sent to this email.

Job Description

The Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society is an international multi-disciplinary journal publishing academic papers on the spatial dimensions of contemporary socio-economic-political change. There are bi-weekly editorial meetings which the Managing Editor will need to attend, however CJRES is open to flexible working arrangements, should the successful candidate wish to work mainly from home. Three issues of the journal are published each year with each issue devoted to a specific topic.  The Managing Editor will be engaged in intensive liaison with editors and potential authors to work papers up to the submission stage.  The journal is owned by its parent body (the Cambridge Political Economy Society) and is run as a cooperative:  there is no single Academic Editor as  editorial responsibilities are shared between the members of the international Editorial Board.

The precise location of the Managing Editor is flexible, and open to discussion with the Editors. Home working may well be a possibility.  However, the Managing Editor will be expected 
to attend occasional in-person meetings in Cambridge. Whatever the location, the requisite IT equipment will be provided by the Journal.

CPES and the CJRES editors are committed to equal opportunities for all, and particularly to advancing the representation of women across all areas of academia. The Journal Editors recognise that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit in with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.

The Managing Editor is the chief channel of communication between the Editors (currently 19 in number) and Authors, and between the Editors and the Publisher, Oxford University Press, and is responsible for the co-ordination of all aspects of the Journals submissions and publication administration.  More specifically, the tasks include:

  • Coordinating the Editorial Board meeting(s), held three times a year, including collating expenses to forward to CPES;
  • Providing information related to the Journal as requested by CPES, including a publication summary and a financial statement for the CPES Annual Meeting;
  • Involvement in conferences by liaising with the CPES Network Coordinator;
  • Liaising with the specific editors to develop each issue to the paper submission stage – including the compilation of potential contributors, invitation of abstracts and Call for Paper notices, through to the selection process on receipt of abstracts, final invitation of full papers, to tracking papers to submission;
  • Management of the submission and refereeing process (via Manuscript Central);
  • Liaising with referees, authors and Editors throughout the peer review process;
  • Preparing accepted articles for the publisher;
  • Checking and collating proofs, etc;
  • Generally dealing with the publisher as required (currently Oxford University Press);
  • Coordinating our media and social media campaigns around each issue;
  • Developing and managing various social media postings based on the Journal’s content, including blog, press releases and related materials;
  • Assisting in the organisation of the annual Journal conference held in Cambridge.
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