The Executive Board of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. The editorship is a three year term, beginning September 1, 2016. Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae including names of two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2016. The Editor-in-Chief has the option of working with an associate editor; this option can be discussed during the selection process.
Job Description. The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology is responsible for:
Manuscript processing and evaluation: ensuring quality and timeliness
- initial screening and evaluation of submissions for their suitability and quality (some may be rejected without review; others may be returned to authors for revisions before initial review).
- Assigning the manuscript to an editor (if there is an Associate Editor)
- the peer-review process: requesting reviews from scholars with relevant expertise, tracking responses and timely return of reviews.
- assessing the submission in light of both the reviews and own reading
- sending author a decision letter explaining the decision and, in the case of revisions, providing clear directions for what revisions must be made.
- assessing revisions to make sure they have responded to directions provided in the editorial letter.
- Managing book reviews and book review articles (via the book review editor).
The production process:
- Working with Wiley-Blackwell (or other publishing) staff to provide final, accepted articles on a pre-determined schedule
- insuring articles forwarded for publication meet all formatting requirements.
- proof-reading typeset articles.
- proof-reading final issue mock-up.
- managing any typesetting/formatting problems with the publisher.
- Identifying newsworthy articles to AA staff for social media and other promotional activity
- Proposing JLA articles for Open Anthropology and other similar online publications
- Identifying issues/articles to be made available for free (open access)
- Communicating with SLA Blog and newsletter when appropriate.
- Soliciting other-language abstracts, video abstracts or other material.
Preparing journal annual report
Soliciting and or evaluating special issues, or special (non peer-reviewed) content, such as roundtables, forums etc.
Regarding selection of associate editor. The incoming Editor-in-Chief has the option of recommending an associate editor to the SLA board. The SLA board/President has final approving authority.
Institutional Support. Candidates should consider what institutional support might be available from their home institution.