Editor Sought for International Journal of Middle East Studies

The MESA Board of Directors invites applications and nominations for the next editor for the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. Candidates should be internationally recognized Middle East scholars in either the humanities or the social sciences and be affiliated with an academic institution prepared to contribute space and support to an editorial office. Applications should include proposals for this institutional contribution endorsed by the institution involved.

The editor is responsible for ensuring the quality of IJMES as the leading English-language journal in the field. Editorial duties include establishing editorial policy in consultation with the MESA Board of Directors; negotiating with Cambridge University Press (CUP), which publishes IJMES; managing the ScholarOne online system now used by the journal; administering the peer review selection process; compiling the book review section in conjunction with book review editors; suggesting revisions for manuscripts; nominating book review editors and members of the editorial board for review and approval by MESA’s Board of Directors and CUP; and overseeing the editing and production of the four issues that make up an IJMES volume. Support from the institution with which the editor is affiliated could consist of office space and equipment for the editor and managing editor, support for a graduate student assistant (or financial support that will cover salary for a secretary), postage and incidental expenses, and release time from teaching for the editor. CUP also provides some financial support for the editorial office including a modest salary for the managing editor. The editor and CUP will determine the way in which CUP’s contribution is to be allocated. The editor receives an annual stipend from CUP.

In addition, MESA provides for the editor’s travel and two nights’ lodging at the annual meeting. The editor gives a report at the fall board meeting (held in conjunction with the annual meeting) and presents a report at MESA’s members (business) meeting; s/he also serves as a member of MESA’s Publications Committee.

Inquiries should be addressed to Amy Newhall at 520-333-2577 or amy@mesana.org. Applications with letter(s) of institutional commitment should be sent to secretariat@mesana.org. Application review will begin August 1, 2018 and continue until a new editor is identified.


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