Society News

17 March 2017

The Design History Society wishes to invite individuals to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History as Managing Editor. The Journal, which is published by Oxford University Press in partnership with the Society, is the pre-eminent journal in its field, and works to extend the international and interdisciplinary significance of the subject.

The Board is responsible, through its Chair, to the Society for the operation of the Journal within terms of reference, which are regularly reviewed. The Managing Editor oversees peer review for the Journal, working to maintain the Journal's high standards and to develop the Editorial Board in this regard. She or he should expect to devote one day per week to the Journal, including twice-yearly attendance at Editorial Board meetings (in January in London, and in September at the DHS conference), as well as annual meetings with the Publisher in Oxford, usually in June. In addition to refereeing a cross section of papers submitted through the Journal's web-based manuscript management system, each member of the Board plays a leading role with certain submissions, considering referee reports to produce recommendations for the Board and, where appropriate, liaising with the authors about revisions. In addition, each editor has particular responsibilities in relation to special features or aspects of the Journal's work.

Appointment to the Board is for a five-year renewable term of office. Those appointed will enjoy a gratis membership to the Society and may be based in any country provided they have regular internet access and can travel to meetings. Relevant expenses are reimbursed, and Oxford University Press provides a small annual stipend in recognition of the work involved in the role of Managing Editor.

Appointments will be made by an Appointments Committee established for the purpose, including the Chair of the Society and the Chair of the Editorial Board. In making its selection, the Committee will consider the extent to which each candidate meets the person specification, as well as the balance of subject expertise and skills of the Board as a whole. At present, applications are sought across the full thematic, geographical and period range of design history and are also welcome from those in closely related disciplines.

The job description and person specification for the role of Managing Editor may be downloaded here.

Applications should be made by letter outlining the candidate's suitability, accompanied by a CV that includes a list of relevant publications, and submitted to the Design History Society administrator Elli Michaela Young:

The Chair of the Editorial Board, Professor Penny Sparke, is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of Managing Editor with potential applicants. She can be contacted at:

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017.


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