Call for Editors – Journal of Global History

Professor William Gervase Clarence Smith, Professor Barbara Watson Andaya, and Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks will shortly be coming to the end of their tenure as editors of the Journal of Global History (JGH). Cambridge University Press, in collaboration with an Editorial Board search committee, is now inviting applications for their successor(s).

The deadline for applications is 30 September, 2018.

JGH addresses the main problems of global change over time, together with the diverse histories of globalization. It also examines counter-currents to globalization, including those that have structured other spatial units. The journal seeks to transcend the dichotomy between ‘the West and the rest’, straddle traditional regional boundaries, relate material to cultural and political history, and overcome thematic fragmentation in historiography. The journal also acts as a forum for interdisciplinary conversations across a wide variety of social and natural sciences.

Now in its 13th volume, JGH is recognised internationally as a leading venue for academic exchange around these themes. It has an Impact Factor of 0.952 and is currently ranked as the 4th highest impact journal in the ‘History’ category of the JCR. The Press is seeking an Editor, or team of Co-Editors, who can take on responsibility for JGH for an initial term of five years, ensuring the Journal continues to shape, reflect and develop this most vibrant of research fields.

Working with the support of a Managing Editor, and in collaboration with an international Editorial Board, editorial responsibilities will include:

  • Shaping the strategic direction of the journal and defining editorial policy.
  • Overseeing a rigorous, constructive and supportive peer review process.
  • Making all final decisions on acceptance, rejection and revisions.
  • Editing and proofing articles accepted for publication in the Journal.
  • Proposing members to join an active advisory Editorial Board, and working closely with them.

Please indicate in your application:

  • Your experience publishing and researching in this field.
  • Previous editorial experience or roles in academic administration.
  • The breadth and scale of your academic network.
  • Your historiographical vision for the Journal over the next five years; including:
    • The Journal’s identity within a rapidly developing field.
    • Critical themes and subject matter.
  • Your strategy for developing the Journal over the next five years; including:
    • Supporting and attracting diversity.
    • Organising and maximising the contribution of the Editorial Board.
    • Ensuring academic quality and scholarly impact.
    • Engaging with developments in scholarly communication and research practice.

Applicants can expect administrative support through a Managing Editor, a small honorarium and funding for travel related to the Journal. It is not essential, but, where possible, please indicate the form and breadth of institutional backing that may be available to support you in this role.

Please direct applications and any questions in the first instance to Daniel Pearce, Publisher, Cambridge University Press (

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