Call for Gothic Studies Expressions of Interest

The International Gothic Association seeks Expressions of Interest from colleagues who want to serve as editor of the journal Gothic Studies. Viable candidates will work at a post-secondary institution with the capability to house the Gothic Studies office, and will demonstrate the expertise required to manage the journal.

Gothic Studies will make this transition on July 1, 2018. In anticipation of that date, the IGA Executive Committee will consider Expressions of Interest from potential Editors prepared to assume this responsibility for a minimum of five years. The Expression of Interest should take the form of a letter detailing the following information, which the Board considers essential to the continuing vitality of the journal:

Personnel and Services

  • Relevant disciplinary and managerial expertise of the proposed Senior Editor, including editorial skills and experience (please append an up-to-date CV)
  • Experience working closely with a university press; previous experience working with a journal published by a university press is desirable
  • If the editor is based in a country where research council funding is available for scholarly journals, then it would be desirable for the candidate to have a track record of successful grant applications
  • The ability to manage the complementary continuing roles of supporting editors in the roles of Assistant Editor (1) and Reviews Editors (2)
  • If possible, a commitment of Graduate Research Assistant support from the host department, faculty, or university
  • If standard in the Editor’s country or region, a commitment of teaching release for the Senior Editor from the host department, faculty, or university

Technical Support and Space

  • Available space to house the operations of the journal and its working archive of publications
  • A commitment from the host unit or university for telecommunications support and incoming hard-copy mail

Financial Records

  • A commitment of clerical support from the host unit or university for the management of and generation of financial reports for operating funds
  • The ability to work with the IGA executive committee to ensure proper day-to-day bookkeeping and that the financial records of the journal are regularly and properly kept

Any other matters, circumstances, or capabilities that speak to the sustainable maintenance of the journal may also be included in Expressions of Interest (e.g., bookkeeping support or expertise, extended digital expertise, and so on). Although written confirmation of the institutional commitments specified above is not required for Expressions of Interest, provision of such confirmation at this stage will be favourably considered.

The relevant documents should be submitted to Justin Edwards (justin.edwards@stir.ac.uk) and Jason Haslam, IGA Co-Presidents (jason.haslam@dal.ca), by no later than April 15, 2018. Further information may be solicited from the co-presidents. Follow-up and confirmations will be conducted in a timely manner.

Gothic Studies Journal Profile

Gothic Studies is internationally regarded as the most important journal in the field of Gothic literary and cultural studies. Gothic Studies was founded in 1999 as the official journal of the International Gothic Association (IGA). The journal considers the field of Gothic studies from the eighteenth century to the present day. The aim of Gothic Studies is not merely to open a forum for dialogue and cultural criticism, but to provide a specialist journal for scholars working in a field which is today taught or researched in almost all academic establishments. Gothic Studies invites contributions from scholars working within any period of the Gothic; interdisciplinary scholarship is especially welcome, as are readings in the media and beyond the written word.

The Editor of Gothic Studies is appointed by the IGA Executive Committee. The Editor, assisted by an editorial staff of his or her choice, is responsible for the regular production of the journal, the setting of editorial guidelines, and the day to day administration of the journal (including required financial reporting). The Editor is a member of the IGA Executive Committee and chairs the Editorial Advisory Board. Other members of the Editorial Advisory Board are nominated by the Editor and ratified by the IGA Executive Committee. The Editor reports annually (at least) to the IGA Executive Committee and Membership on matters relating to the journal’s finances and operations. The IGA Executive Committee provides advice and feedback on the management of the journal and on its editorial policies. On those matters deemed to represent a major shift in editorial policy, the Editor will seek approval of the IGA Executive Committee.