The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) wishes to appoint new Editors to Area, The Geographical Journal, and the RGS-IBG Book Series. The current editors, Professor Peter Kraftl (University of Birmingham), Professor Keith Richards (University of Cambridge), and Dr David Featherstone (University of Glasgow), respectively, complete five-year terms at the end of 2019.
Area publishes the very best of research and scholarship on all aspects of human and physical geography. The new Editor will share responsibility for human geography papers with Dr Hilary Geoghegan (University of Reading), and will work alongside Dr Julian Leyland (University of Southampton) who has responsibility for physical and environmental geography submissions. The journal is an outlet for new ideas, and particularly welcomes submissions from postgraduate students and academics at an early stage of their careers. It awards the annual Area Prize for New Research in Geography.
The Geographical Journal publishes articles and commentaries that make a major conceptual and/or empirical contribution to stimulating or shaping future public and policy-orientated agendas across human and physical geography. First published in 1831, historically it has been the journal of record of the Society.
RGS-IBG Book Series publishes work of the highest international standing. Its emphasis is on distinctive new developments in human and physical geography, although it is also open to contributions from cognate disciplines whose interests overlap with those of geographers. The series places strong emphasis on theoretically-informed and empirically-strong texts. Reflecting the vibrant and diverse theoretical and empirical agendas that characterise the contemporary discipline, contributions are expected to inform, challenge and stimulate the reader. Overall, our book series seeks to promote scholarly publications that leave an intellectual mark and change the way readers think about particular issues, methods or theories.
Each of the new Editors will be recognised scholars with excellent worldwide networks and a broad interest in, and support for, the full range of research work undertaken in geography. The new Editors will be committed to spending the time needed to perform as a pro-active Editor. This includes actively encouraging submissions and promoting the journal/book series (as appropriate), undertaking a sympathetic and diplomatic approach to authors and referees, working promptly and collaboratively with other members of the editorial team, and contributing to the strategic development of the journal/book series (as appropriate).
How to apply
Letters of interest and plans for the journal, along with curriculum vitae and names of two referees who could provide letters of support, should be submitted to Dr Catherine Souch at the Research and Higher Education Division of RGS-IBG (+44 (0)20 7591 3022 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by 21 June 2019. Interviews will take place in late June/ early July.
We encourage applications from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types, geographical regions, and under-represented groups, including women, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and disabled people. All applications will be treated in confidence.
Existing editors also welcome queries about the publications, and role, from potential applicants. A modest honorarium is awarded for each role. The terms for these positions will normally be for five years.