Job: Commissioning Editor & Book Reviews Editor for Children’s Geographies Journal

Commissioning Editor for North America & Book Reviews Editor sought for Children’s Geographies journal

Children’s Geographies is a peer-reviewed journal that provides an international forum to discuss issues that impact upon the geographical worlds of children and young people (25 years and under) and their families. The journal aims to be accessible to established academics and practitioners with an interest in children, youth and families, as well as to new researchers, including postgraduate students and early career academics. Children’s Geographies emphasizes the importance of place, space and spatiality and welcomes inter- and intra-disciplinary work. The journal provides a forum for multi-faceted geographies, enabling new insights into the diverse and multiple realities of young people’s lives.

Established in 2003 Children’s Geographies has a Thomson-Reuters ISI ranking factor of 1.158 (2011). Children’s Geographies is published by Routledge Journals, an imprint of Taylor & Francis an Informa business. For more information about the journal see www.tandfonline.com/cchg

Position of North American Commissioning Editor

A new North American Commissioning Editor is sought for Children’s Geographies because Prof Stuart Aitken (San Diego State University), who has served as founder North American Commissioning Editor for Children’s Geographies since 2003, is stepping down from this role in 2013. The position shall be held for five years. Applicants should be based in North America. Responsibilities include guiding submissions from North America through review process, widening awareness of the Journal and increasing submissions from the region. Candidates should have a broad knowledge of the fields of children’s geographies, be enthusiastic and have good organizational skills. Some prior editorial experience is desirable, but not essential.

Currently no stipend can be offered for this position but is under negotiation with the publishers.

Attendance at Editorial Board meetings, usually held in conjunction with AAG and RGS-IBG annual conferences, is desirable but travel expenses cannot always be met in full by the journal.

Ideally, the new North American Commissioning Editor would take over the position before the end of 2013 and provide an Editorial for Issue 1 or 2, 2014.

Stuart Aitken shall be pleased to assist the process of transition, with the intent that a complete changeover is in place by the end of 2013. Please contact Stuart Aitken (saitken@mail.sdsu.ed) if you would like to find out more about the post.

Position of Book Reviews Editor

Fiona Smith (Brunel University) is stepping down after a decade as Reviews Editor. A new Book Reviews Editor is sought who will bring energy and enthusiasm to the task of soliciting and editing book reviews while working alongside Faith Tucker (Northampton University) who is continuing as joint reviews editor. Given the international scope of the journal, the geographic location of the book reviews editor is not restricted. The position shall be held for five years. Candidates should have a broad knowledge of the fields of children’s geographies, be enthusiastic and have good organizational skills. Prior experience as book reviewer is essential.

Currently no stipend can be offered for this position but is under negotiation with the publishers.

Attendance at Editorial Board meetings, usually held in conjunction with AAG and RGS-IBG annual conferences, is desirable but travel expenses cannot always be met in full by the journal.

Current reviews editors Fiona Smith (Fiona.smith@brunel.ac.uk) and Faith Tucker (faith.tucker@northampton.ac.uk) can be contacted for informal discussion about the role.

Process of appointment

Those interested in applying should provide a letter of application and brief CV (one side A4), highlighting aspects of relevance to children’s geographies (via email). The letter should be sent to the journal’s co-editor Elsbeth Robson (e.robson@africa-online.net) and should set out the following:

1. Reasons for application
2. Editorial and/or book reviewing experience
3. Vision for editing or book reviewing for Children’s Geographies for next 5 years
4. Time commitment to the post

All applications will be circulated and considered by the entire editorial board. Editorial board members will have one vote and cannot vote for themselves. Voting will be fielded by co-editor Elsbeth Robson.

The successful candidates will be declared, without the number of votes shown, but the result will be verified by the three co-Editors.

Closing date 30 July 2013

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