Call for Expressions of Interest: Assistant Editor (part-time) (Rolling Internship x 3)


Musicology Research Journal (MRJ) (ISSN 2515-981X) is a double-blind peer-reviewed Journal which is now in its third year of bi-annual publications. Established in 2016, our national reputation has now grown international, and thus it is important for us to undergo reshuffling and new recruitment so we can widen the team to accommodate this expansion. As part of this process we are looking to recruit 3 part-time Assistant Editors (on a rolling internship basis) to join our team. In addition to myself as Principal Editor, we are currently an Editorial Board of 10 members (including 1 Associate Editor) – this will also be doubling to around 20 Editorial Board members moving into the Academic Year 2019-20. 
To offer a brief overview, the aim of the journal is to support early-career research scholars (including PhD students, post-docs, researchers, research assistants and associates) working in the field of music and its surrounding disciplines. The scope of the journal is to tackle, and to cater for, current issues in musicology (including ethnomusicology, music sociology, psychology and the humanities, technology, culture etc.) at the forefront of early-career academic study. We are ISSN registered with the British Library, and one of our main goals moving forward is indexing. As MRJ is a non-profit Open Access e-Journal, unfortunately we are unable to offer a remuneration package (unpaid position). However, being part of our team, and liaising with our Editorial Board and Assistant Editor colleagues, will bring a range of publishing and co-publishing opportunities in addition to invaluable experience which is often so credible for both the academic profession and in journalism profession(s). These three roles are ideal for graduates/postgraduate students in Journalism/Publishing/Editing/Media, or early-career individuals, who are looking for experience working as part of an Editorial Team. 

By joining our team as an Assistant Editor, your role would include the following:

  • Maintaining contact with the Principal Editor (email, phone, Skype) to discuss ongoing developments with the Journal (mostly pertaining to forthcoming volumes).
  • Maintaining contact with volume/issue Editors/co-Editors.
  • Proofing/proofreading post-peer-review manuscripts (around 10 articles per volume)
  • Copy-editing submitted articles/chapters for final publication (around 10 articles per volume)
  • Support with typesetting and formatting (around 10 articles per volume)

Workload would be in advance of our Autumn and Spring publications: around October/November and April/May time. Working can be remote, or there is the possibility to work with Issue-editors in their Higher Education Institutions. Your role as an Assistant Editor will be recognised in each publication, with your name in each volume. Although the work-load is relatively minimal, your commitment to our team would be essential not only for the smooth mechanics of operating a journal, but also for upholding the rigorous academic quality and integrity of our publications. 


If you are interested in the role (3 available), please send a formal Expression of Interest of no more than 500 words and a copy of your C.V. to Dr James Williams (Principal Editor, University of Derby) at [email protected] by no later than Friday 28 December.  Informal inquiries about the positions are also welcome. Appointment to the post will be made by March 2019 via an initial selection process of applications followed by Skype interviews. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application, but unfortunately we cannot offer individual feedback if unsuccessful at the application stage. Interviews will take place at a time convenient for the applicant and with the Principal Editor and Associate Editor. We strongly encourage/welcome expressions of interest from BME applicants. Successful interviewees will receive a formal induction to the Journal organisation, its members, Editorial Board, and receive support by Issue Editors and the Principal Editor in the uptake of the position. 

Dr James Williams, Principal Editor MRJ