Review of International Studies: Call for Editors

The British International Studies Association (BISA) invites Applications for the position of Editor of the Review of International Studies as from January 2020.

 The Review, published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of BISA, seeks to publish the best research across the range of sub-fields in international studies. The new Editor and his/her team will succeed Professor Ruth Blakeley and her team, whose editorial term will end on December 31st 2019.  The incoming Editor will serve a four-year term from 1st January 2020 through to 31st December 2023, with the opportunity to shadow the outgoing team during the course of 2019. 

It is expected that applications will be from lead editors and an associated team, and will identify an institutional base and support. Applicants must be BISA members and the lead Editor and journal office must be based at a UK university; other members of the editorial team may be based outside the UK. It is recommended that at least one member of the editorial team be based in the United States. We also welcome applications from teams that include an associated editor based in the Global South. 

The new lead Editor will have complete editorial responsibility for the content of the Review, and for sustaining and building on its status as one of the preeminent refereed journals within the international studies community. He or she can expect to receive a significant number of new manuscript submissions per year and should ensure that publication decisions are made in a reasonable and timely manner.

Applications must be sent by email to Richard Whitman [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] copied to Mark Webber [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] by October 2018. Two members of each of the short-listed teams will be invited to interview in November 2018 (exact date and venue to be confirmed). Applications will be considered by a committee comprising:

  • Professor Richard Whitman, BISA Chair
  • Professor Mark Webber, BISA Vice Chair
  • Professor Ruth Blakeley, outgoing Editor, Review of International Studies  
  • Professor Tim Edmunds, Editor, European Journal of International Security
  • One further member of the BISA Executive

A decision is expected by 31st January 2019 so that successful candidates have time to prepare for the transition. 

Applications must include material under the following headings:

  • The Team. Lead Editor and Editorial team; description of editorial experience and experience of working together as a team, as appropriate. Description of proposed editorial style.
  • The Vision. Describe goals for the journal, ideas for innovations or changes (if any).
  • Implementation. Description of institutional and resource support.
  • Budget. There is financial support from Cambridge University Press that can be discussed as below prior to completion of this element; but support from the home institution is also expected.

The total document should comprise no more than five pages (word or PDF format).

Enquiries about the position should be made to Professor Whitman [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]


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