Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History


The DHS is looking for a new Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History. The Design History Society (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation) established its journal in 1988 and has an agreement with Oxford University Press to publish for a profit share returned annually to the Society. The JDH Editorial Board is formally constituted by the DHS Trustees as a committee of the Society, delegated with the purpose of managing and editing the JDH on behalf of the Society. The Managing Editor will be inducted by the Chairs of the Editorial Board and the Society following formal approval and instatement by the members of the Society at the AGM in September 2021.

Role Description

Main responsibilities and duties

The Managing Editor has the following responsibilities and duties:

  1. Managing the peer-review, editorial, and production and marketing processes of the Journal in conjunction with authors, editors, reviewers, the publisher, and the DHS Communications Trustee.
  2. Supporting the Chair in the effective operation of the Editorial Board by the
    preparation of reports and the implementation of measures agreed
  3. Assisting the securing of sufficient high-quality content for the journal and delivering it to the Publisher, Oxford University Press, on schedule
  4. Maintaining the ethical standards of the journal, with reference to the Committee on Publication Ethics
  5. Assisting the Chair of the Board in formulating the business and subject-development strategy for the Journal in conjunction with the Publisher and the Chair of the Design History Society
  6. Supporting the Chair in the convening of meetings of the Editorial Board and being responsible for its effective operation, including the recruitment and selection of the Editorial Board and establishing its terms of reference in agreement with the Chair and Trustees of the Design History Society
  7. Providing reviews and editorial advice where appropriate for papers submitted for consideration consistent with membership of the Editorial Board
  8. Supporting the Chairs, Editors, and the Advisory Board of the Journal and facilitating its effective operation, recruitment, and selection and terms of reference in accordance with policy established by the Editorial Board
  9. Representing, and being an ambassador for, the JDH in international and
    interdisciplinary contexts.


Time Commitment

The position of Managing Editor of the JDH will require a commitment of at least 3 days per month. It requires preparation of agendas or reports for and participation in all of the following meetings each year:

• Quarterly Journal of Design History Editorial Board meetings, the first normally virtually in January, the second at the DHS Annual Conference in September.
• One annual Journal of Design History business meeting with the Chair of the DHS and the publisher Oxford University Press, normally held virtually.
• One virtual Annual General Meeting of the DHS normally held at the DHS Annual Conference in early September.
• DHS Annual Conference: normally 3-4 days early September.

The normal term of office will be three years, which may be extended for up to a further two years by mutual agreement with the Trustees of the Design History Society to achieve optimal continuity and balance of expertise on the Board.

Remuneration of reasonable expenses incurred whilst conducting work on behalf of the Journal as defined in the Editorial Handbook is dependent upon pre-approval in writing by both the Chair and Treasurer of the Design History Society. No stipend or honorarium is paid to editors by the DHS; an annual honorarium may be paid by the publisher.

Person Specification

The successful applicant will:

  1. Have extensive experience of editorship for high-impact publications, involving
    interactions with diverse author and reader constituencies
  2. Have experience in the operation and oversight of collaborative peer-review and editorial processes including journal publication
  3. Have undertaken significant initiatives to develop design history and be able
    communicate a vision for its future
  4. Have experience of managing projects and/or areas of work in a company or other organisation
  5. Have an understanding of the responsibility to select new, original, and important
    contributions and to ensure that the ethical standards of the journal are upheld
  6. Have experience with charities or NGOs and be willing to become a Trustee of the Design History Society
  7. Facilitate the strategic vision for the JDH and its objectives as the journal of the Design History Society
  8. Have published in design history, with a record of research relevant to the field and related professions, e.g., design and design education, curatorship and design criticism
  9. Be an excellent communicator via a range of communication channels.
  10. Be willing to devote time and effort to the role
  11. Be a fair and collegiate in problem solving and management
  12. Be committed to impartiality, fairness and confidentiality
  13. Be tactful and diplomatic
  14. Be committed to equal opportunities and inclusive practices.

    Considerable previous experience as an active member of academic journal Editorial Boards is essential; previous experience of the JDH is desirable. The Managing Editor of the JDH may reside anywhere in the world where access to internet connectivity and a computer suitable to the conduct of virtual meetings is assured. While employment in an institution of Higher Education or a museum may be relevant, this is not a requirement. A good reading knowledge of languages other than English would be an advantage.

How to apply

Potential applicants are welcome to arrange an opportunity to consult with the Chair of the Editorial Board about this role.

Please send an email with your contact details to the administrator. Please send your completed application form and letter of support from your line manager no later than 12 midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 10 th August 2021 via email to the DHS administrator, Jenna Allsopp: designhistorysociety@gmail.com.

Short-listed candidates selected from anonymised applications will be called to a virtual interview conducted via Zoom on Saturday 14 th August 2021 between 12.00 and 18.00 hrs GMT.

The Design History Society and its Journal are committed to equity, diversity and
sustainability, and warmly welcome applications from under-represented constituencies.

All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application. N.B. Incoming candidates are only seconded to the Journal until they are formally confirmed as a Trustee of the Charity by the membership at the AGM held virtually at the annual conference.

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Application forms

You may download the application form here.