The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography and geographers. It is also a charity and a membership organisation. The Society was founded in 1830 and has been one of the most active of the learned societies ever since. It was pivotal in establishing geography as a teaching and research discipline in British universities, and continues to play a key role in geographical and environmental education. The Society is a leading world centre for geographical learning – supporting education, teaching, research and scientific expeditions, as well as promoting public understanding and enjoyment of geography and providing advice to policymakers.
The Society has an international membership of approximately 16,000, 31 specialist research groups, and a programme of activities that extends far beyond its membership to broad engagement with more than three million people per year. Over 200 lectures, conferences and other events are organised each year including a major four-day Annual Conference, a programme of popular lectures, professional development for geographers, and policy-related discussions.
The Society also publishes, under contract, scholarly journals and the popular Geographical magazine. It empowers others through a programme of grant-giving in support of research, fieldwork and expeditions, and teaching. The Society’s information resources include its historic geographical Collections of maps, images, books, manuscript archives and artefacts. The Society offers professional accreditation to members through Chartered Geographer status.
The Society is based in a listed building in its own grounds in Kensington opposite Hyde Park, and operates nine regional branches in the UK and two overseas. There are 54 permanent full-time staff, together with part-time, temporary and volunteer staff.
Applicants are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with the current work of the Society set out on our website: www.rgs.org
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is seeking to appoint a Managing Editor: Academic Publications to manage the editorial office function and ongoing development and strategy of the Society’s portfolio of academic publications, ensuring that these publications maintain high standards of quality and maximising their success in terms of readership, impact, and author experience. The Society’s academic publications (www.rgs.org/journals) currently include the journals Area, Geo: Geography and Environment, The Geographical Journal, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and WIREs Climate Change, and the RGS-IBG Book Series, all published in partnership with Wiley. The Society also hosts the widely accessed Geography Directions blog (www.geographydirections.com) which publishes analysis and opinions by expert geographers on contemporary topics and issues.
The Society’s scholarly publications are a core element of our current strategy and provide an outlet for the dissemination of high quality research across the breadth of the discipline. In 2022, our journals were accessed online over 1 million times and read in more than 160 countries. Significant changes are occurring in scholarly publishing, particularly around digital developments and Open Access, and this is an exciting time to be involved. The Managing Editor: Academic Journals will work closely with, and report to, the Head of Research and Higher Education.
Key responsibilities for the post fall under the following areas:
This position would suit a motivated, hard-working and very well organised individual with experience and interest in academic geography and publishing.
Salary and application details
This is a permanent, full time post subject to successful completion of a probationary period of three months. The salary range for this post is £35,534 - £42,173 per annum depending on experience and qualifications. The post is based in Kensington, London.
There are a range of benefits at the Society which include the following:
The Society aims to be an equal opportunities employer.
To apply please email HR@rgs.org with a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the post and how you fulfil the selection criteria, along with the monitoring form.
Applications must be received by 24 April 2023 at noon. Interviews will be held in the week of 1 May 2023. We thank, in advance, all candidates for applying and regret we are unable to write separately to those who are not selected for interview.
Job description for the post of Managing Editor: Academic Publications
Post: Managing Editor: Academic Publications
Responsible to: Head of Research and Higher Education
This position is supported by a 0.4 FTE administrative assistant.
Location: South Kensington, London
Purpose of post
The Managing Editor: Academic Publications is the primary point of contact for authors submitting material to the Society’s journals, working closely with the Editors of each of the Society’s journals and the book series, and with our publishing partner Wiley, to ensure timely publications of the highest quality that advance geographical knowledge. The Managing Editor also edits the Geography Directions blog.
Duties and responsibilities
Managing the Editorial teams
Journal development and strategy
Promoting best practice, resources, and training
The following are the ideal requirements for the post. These are the criteria against which candidates will be short-listed and judged. Candidates are encouraged to outline how they meet these requirements in their letter of application, as well as documenting previous relevant experience.
Specific job skills
|Salary:||£35,534 to £42,173 per annum depending on experience and qualifications|
|Placed On:||24th March 2023|
|Closes:||24th April 2023|
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