The Peace History Society (www.peacehistorysociety.org) invites applications for the position of Executive Editor of Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research.
Peace & Change is published by the Peace History Society (PHS) in conjunction with the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). Its scholarly and interpretive articles engage with topics related to the achievement of a peaceful, just, and humane society. The journal, whose medium is English, enjoys a global audience. We endeavor to build bridges across disciplines and among peace researchers, educators, advocates, and activists. Peace & Change recognizes the longstanding underrepresentation of scholars from marginalized groups within the fields of peace history and peace studies. We are committed to inclusive editorial leadership that reflects the growing diversity of our scholarly community. To this end, we seek applicants from all ethnicities, races, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, dis/abilities, ages, and backgrounds. Applicants should review the following information about the journal and the position. Launched in 1972, Peace & Change publishes four digital issues a year. It is co-owned by the PHS and Wiley (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14680130), with PHS exercising editorial control over the journal content and review process. The successful applicant must demonstrate an ability to represent Peace & Change in interfacing with the PHS Board, PHS’s IPRA partners, the scholarly community, and various other constituencies. The applicant must also have institutional support, which traditionally includes a one-course release and a graduate assistantship or the equivalent for the accompanying Managing Editor position. The time commitment is estimated to be ten hours per week. The key responsibilities and tasks of the Executive Editor include:
- Receives all new submissions. Screens all submissions for originality and fit to the journal’s mission. Reads all valid submissions with the managing editor and determines which articles are sent out for review and which are declined.
- Oversees double-blind peer review. Identifies appropriate readers and sends out anonymized manuscripts for review. Tracks due dates for readers’ reports and revised manuscripts for authors and send reminders as needed.
- Keeps a database of reviewers, seeks new reviewers.
- Evaluates readers’ reports and makes decisions about reviewed articles. Communicates decisions to authors and includes anonymized readers’ reports (unless a reader requests to be identified).
- Works with the authors to revise manuscripts to address reviewers’ and editors’ concerns.
- Schedules articles for publication and forwards final versions to Wiley for Early View publication online. Articles are submitted to Wiley for individual publication when drafts are in final form. Wiley assembles the issues from the tables of contents provided by the Executive Editor.
- Prepares articles for publication, from preliminary copyediting for house style and readability to reviewing and approving proofs and verifying the securing of permissions and copyright clearances prior to publication. The Managing Editor may assist with copyediting and verification of copyright and is responsible for writing the Table of Contents and Notes on Authors for each issue.
- Reviews the final draft of each issue and approves or enters final changes before publication.
- Review final drafts of book reviews (solicited, developed, and edited by the Book Review Editor), assigns them to issues, and submits them to Wiley for production and publication.
- Works with the Peace & Change Editorial Board on significant issues, nominates board members, and uses board members to review manuscripts.
- Serves as the point person for communications between the PHS Board, the IPRA, and Wiley on matters concerning the content, publication process, policies, and production of the journal. The PHS Board oversees matters related to subscriptions, profit sharing, and contractual matters with Wiley and IPRA.
- Conducts outreach to potential authors, reviewers, and other contributors to the journal at conferences and other events. The Executive Editor and Managing Editor will attend Peace History Society conferences to identify manuscripts that might be appropriate for submission to the journal.
- Oversees publication of short-form pieces and news items on Peace & Change Blog. The Managing Editor can review, edit, and post these features.
Wiley is migrating Peace & Change to a Scholar One platform, which will automate some parts of the work, including screening for originality and plagiarism and keeping the review process on track (sending reminders, etc.). This will involve 2-3 meetings with Wiley developers at the start of the Executive Editor’s term to set up the automated workflow to suit their preferences.
Please submit applications and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled. Your application must include a vita and a letter setting forth your interest in the position, your relevant background and experience, and your vision for Peace & Change and the field of peace research. Please also convey your institution’s commitment to yourself and to the journal. We are open to applications by potential co-editors. Please provide a joint letter of application, vitas, and information about support from your institution(s).