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African Studies Review Call for Editors 2018-2023

The African Studies Association Board of Directors announces a Call for Editors for the ASA’s flagship journal, African Studies Review. The journal is published by Cambridge University Press. As per the ASA’s Policies and Procedures, ASR editors are appointed for a term of five years. The tenure of the current ASR Editorial team will end in 2017.

The ASA is launching this Call for Editors for the 2018-2023  term.


Applicants are sought for the following editorial posts:
• Lead Editors
• Book Review Editors
• Film Review Editors
• Digital Content Editors

The ASA encourages applications from individual editors, editorial teams, or those interested in serving as lead editors. Members of the current editorial team are welcome to apply. Applicants may come from a single university or different educational institutions and choose to pool editorial support. Individuals from different institutions applying as a team should outline a strategy for working together. Applications are welcome from institutions and scholars located anywhere in the world.

African Studies Review Editorial Priorities
ASA seeks editors actively committed to the following strategic priorities for the journal in order to increase its importance and impact within scholarly circles and beyond: 
1. Disciplinary, topical, and geographic diversity of articles
2. Inclusion of work from established and emerging scholars
3. Expansion of submissions, readership and access from Africa
4. Capitalizing on Digital Capabilities with respect to the editorial process, dissemination of journal content, and interaction with journal audience.
5. On-going development of book and film review section.
6. Use of journal as a significant teaching resource.

African Studies Review Editorial Responsibilities
• The term of editorship is five years.
• The Editorial Team will work in close collaboration with the ASA Secretariat and ASA Publications Committee in support of ASA’s mission as the preeminent scholarly organization for the study of Africa.
• Liaise with Cambridge University Press for all aspects of the journal’s production and work with CUP staff to develop innovative content and formats to increase readership, access and impact.
• Solicit, receive and manage new manuscripts each week, year round. Select multiple reviewers for each submission once it is received, and follow-up with reviewers to ensure submissions are reviewed in a timely fashion.
• Appoint, review and draw upon the members of the journal’s editorial board for assistance with reviews and development of journal content, including the solicitation of submissions. Meet with available editorial board members during the ASA annual meeting.
• Maintain a database of contributors and reviewers and continually recruit and identify new contributors and reviewers.
• Assemble accepted content into an issue (3 per year), including working directly with authors to ensure that revisions are done in a timely manner to be included in the desired issues of the journal. 
• Work with the Digital Content Editor to supplement each issue with appropriate on-line content.
• Compile an annual report to circulate ahead of the ASA annual meeting.
• Participate as an ex-officio member of the ASA Publications Committee throughout tenure.
• At the ASA Annual Meeting, present a report to the ASA Board about the journal and meet with the Publications Committee to discuss future plans for the journal and allocation of the journal development funds.

ASA Support
The ASA will provide both financial and in-kind support to ASR Editors including:
• Travel funds for the editorial team to attend the ASA Annual Meeting
• Copy-editing through CUP or funds to subsidize copy-editing expenses
• A development fund to cover Editors’ attendance at international conferences to promote the journal, ASR Distinguished Lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting, s and/or other initiatives identified by the Editorial Team to increase the outreach of the journal and to encourage more submissions, especially from those in African Institutions
• Support for ASR Distinguished Lecture at ASA Annual Meeting
• Subsidization of an annual retreat to discuss the strategy for the journal, attended by Cambridge University Press, the ASR Editorial team, and the ASA Secretariat

Completed Proposals, as well as any questions you may have about the process of selecting the editor(s), or the editorial duties involved, should be addressed to ASA Executive Director Suzanne Moyer Baazet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (848)445-1369 or to the Chair of the Publications Committee, Brenda Chalfin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please send submissions in electronic form only.

Attach the following documents to your final application:
• CVs for all Editors
• Institutional support letter detailing the type of support being offered, i.e. office space, course relief, graduate student interns, travel funds, supplies, etc.  (if institutional support is available)
• A summary statement of your vision for ASR and your ideas for the direction of the journal (no more than 1,000 words)

Those applying as a complete editorial team and/or lead editors should be able to demonstrate the capacity to garner support from their home institution(s). These resources could include the following: 
• Course relief for lead editor and possibly for other editors at the same institution (typically at 20-50% course reduction for the lead editor)
• An office for use by the journal editors, including phone, fax, furniture, and basic office supplies
• Financial support for the duties of Managing Editor.

Those applying to be a member of the editorial team need not have institutional support, however, they must be able to show their ability to dedicate time to the journal with or without course relief or financial assistance from their home institution.

1) Your Name:
2) Your Institution:
3) Your Title and/or Department:
4) Are you applying as part of an editorial team? If so, please include names, institutional affiliations, and titles for all those on the editorial team.
5) If you already have an idea of the structure you envision for the editorial team, please include a description of the titles and responsibilities of each person on the team. If applying as an individual editor, please describe the responsibilities that you would like to take on within an editorial team.
6) Please include a full description of the institutional support (if any) that is available to support the journal.
7) Please describe your current course load (and that of other members of your editorial team if relevant) and any other responsibilities that you have outside of your job role that may impact your ability to dedicate time to ASR.
8) Please describe any experience you (and the team if relevant) have with editorial duties and/or peer-reviewed journals.
9) Are you currently a member of the ASA?
10) Please describe your experience with the ASA, including the length of your membership and your participation in ASA Annual Meetings.
11) What do you see as the biggest challenges facing African Studies Review in the coming five years and how do you see yourself as editor leading in the context of these challenges?
12) What do you see as the biggest opportunities for African Studies Review in the coming five years and how do you see yourself as editor taking advantage of these opportunities?


Applications should be received no later than January 15, 2017
Women and Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The ASA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
The decision will be finalized at the ASA Spring Board Meeting and announced in April 2017.


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