Managing Editor, for the Review of Middle East Studies

Call for Applications

Position: Managing Editor, for the Review of Middle East Studies

Start Date: as soon as possible or to be negotiated

The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is a biannual publication of the Middle East Studies Association. An entirely electronic publication available through Cambridge University Press Journals, RoMES delivers the latest survey of the field of Middle East studies through essays, articles (occasionally peer-reviewed), columns, and extensive book-film-media reviews.

Currently, the Editor is Heather Ferguson and the office is headquartered at the Department of History at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) in Claremont, CA until June 30, 2025. The mailing address is 850 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

The Position

This position is a part-time, independent contractor position (you will receive a 1099-MISC during tax season) with flexible hours (20 hours/week, on average). Pay is hourly and dependent on experience). It is preferred that a candidate is available 15-20 hours per week and can actively work for at least two academic years.

RoMES seeks a self-motived Managing Editor who will oversee the daily operations of the editorial office and assist the editor in the publication of the biannual journal (June/December). This includes managing the RoMES office, the review and article submission process, the journal’s production, and other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Managing the RoMES office:

  • Correspond with scholars from around the world, providing timely responses to inquiries
  • Oversee the online management system, ScholarOne, by moving submissions through the publication process in consultation with the Editor. 
  • Maintain detailed records using the Google Suite, and tracking storing and naming documents in Dropbox (institutional account)
  • Contribute to sustaining the quality of RoMES by editing and formatting submissions
  • Supervise a student worker (if applicable)

Managing the journal’s review and article submission process:

  • Receive, catalog, mail and track materials under consideration for inclusion in the journal (books, films, etc.)
  • Correspond with academic presses to request copies of books for review
  • Correspond with Associate Editors who make review decisions and with authors who are writing reviews
  • Track reviews in the ScholarOne workflow management system to ensure that they are submitted in a timely fashion and that there are a sufficient number of reviews for each issue
  • Track and log article submissions and the corresponding peer review process
  • Track Associate Editors lists of review books and provide periodic status reports
  • Regularly check and manage the ScholarOne workflow management system to ensure that article and manuscript submissions are moving through the publishing process
  • Keep the journal’s editorial policy, style guide, and guidelines up to date and ensure that relevant parties are aware of and adhere to them

Managing the journal’s production

  • Work with Cambridge University Press Journals Online (CJO) editorial staff to move the contents for each issue through the entire publication process
  • Act as liaison to the editor, associate editors, authors, readership, and CJO editorial staff, primarily through email
  • Assist the editor with editing all stages/passes of manuscripts, page proofs, etc.
  • Compile and evaluate edits to proofs and send to CJO editorial staff
  • Promote the journal’s publications on social media after issue is released

Perform other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree (with 2+ years’ experience), or equivalent work experience
  • Superior verbal and written professional communication skills
  • The proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences, including nonnative speakers of English
  • A reliable, responsive, and positive work ethic with a high degree of integrity
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • The ability to make independent judgements, as well as to know when to defer to the editor or other stakeholders
  • The ability to be detailed and quality oriented while completing complex projects, sometimes simultaneously
  • The ability to prioritize, juggle multiple tasks, take direction, and give direction
  • The ability to respond quickly and sensitively to inquires or complaints
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in publishing, especially academic publishing
  • Experience reading, writing, and/or editing scholarship, particularly in the humanities or social sciences
  • Similar management experience
  • An interest in (strongly preferred: a working knowledge of) the cultures and peoples of the Middle East and surrounding regions
  • Experience as a managing editor or production manager for print or web-based journal

Minimum Computer Skills:

We expect all candidates to possess a proficiency in email correspondence, Outlook, Microsoft Office 365, internet research, Acrobat Reader, and Adobe. Additional skills are more than welcome.

To Apply:

Contact Prof. Heather Ferguson (hferguson@cmc.edu) and the Managing Editor (romes@cmc.edu) for more information, or submit a cover letter and resume/CV to romes@cmc.edu. Please feel free to include writing, editing samples or other relevant materials.

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