The Comics Grid Looking for Two New Editorial Board Members

The Comics Grid Looking for Two New Editorial Board Members
Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is looking for two colleagues to join our Editorial Board. The current Editorial Board can be seen here. 

You will:

  • Be a practicing scholar or librarian, at any stage of your professional career, afilliated to a Higher Education or GLAM institution anywhere in the world
  • Have specialised knowledge and experience of current comics studies
  • Be fully fluent in the English language; knowledge of other languages and non-English language comics is always a plus
  • Have read several if not all of the articles published in The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship since its inception in 2011.
  • Be fully aware of the journal’s focus, scope, section policies, open access submission guidelines and other relevant information as described in our About page
  • Be happy collaborating online in a timely fashion (receiving and replying to emails and using our OJS)
  • Be committed to occassionally perform Section Editor (assigning peer reviewers from our pool of elligible colleagues and managing the editorial process) and Peer Review duties
  • Have read and be prepared to follow our Quick Guide for Editors, Section Editors, Peer Reviewers and Authors.
  • Be happy with authors knowing your name and affiliation as Section Editor and Reviewer, when you perform such duties
  • Be happy receiving emails and participating in email discussion threads to brainstorm how to make the journal better
  • Be comfortable with digital methods of research and publication
  • Be open-minded, optimistic, and willing to help enable rapid academic publishing
  • Be supportive of Open Access and Open Peer Review

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship does not count with any type of institutional funding. It is a non-profit, educational project. We therefore regret we are unable to pay for editorial work. We wish we could. If you are an academic, you  know that sadly no existing publisher pays for academic editorial and/or peer review labor. We think this is wrong, but, alas, we have to make do for the time being.

The amount of work members of the Editorial Board do depends on the quantity and quality of submissions we receive. By definition it is an activity that can be performed without it jeopardising your current professional commitments. The Comics Grid is an academic journal and as such membership to the Editorial Board should be beneficial to your academic career (in some way or another).

Ubiquity Press, the journal’s publisher, is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics  (COPE), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). The Press recognises its responsibility as a guardian of the scholarly record and takes an active role in establishing standards and policies in publication ethics.

The Editors of The Comics Grid have committed to maintaining high editorial standards through rigorous peer review and strict ethical policies. The Editors follow the COPE code of conduct and refer to COPE for guidance as appropriate. The journal and the publisher ensure that advertising and commercial interests do not impact or influence editorial decisions.

Those who have done peer review for us in the past, or who are registered in our pool of peer reviewers, are also welcome to apply.

If, after having read all of the above, you are still interested somehow in being considered for one of the two positions (madness!), please email us at comicsgrid AT gmail DOT com an expression of interest of maximum 500 words, telling us why you would like to join us.

If you are not interested in joining our Editorial Board but would like to be considered as peer reviewer, please click here.

Deadline is December 1st 2013.

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