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SEM Seeks New Journal Editor for Ethnomusicology

Tuesday, October 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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The Society for Ethnomusicology invites proposals from Society members who wish to be considered for the editorship of the journal Ethnomusicology. The journal is published three times annually, each issue running approximately 208 pages and including major research articles as well as book, recording, and film, video, and multimedia reviews. The premier journal in the field for sixty years, Ethnomusicology has played a central role in the expansion of the discipline in the United States and abroad.

The new editor will be selected by the SEM Board of Directors during the spring of 2017 and will begin a one-year transition period as Incoming Editor starting in the fall of 2017 and concluding in the fall of 2018. During the transition period, the Incoming Editor will learn procedures and begin to acquire articles for volume 63, no. 1, with copy for this issue due at the end of the transition period. Ellen Koskoff, the current Editor, will complete her term with the Fall 2018 issue (volume 62, no. 3), and the Incoming Editor will then begin a (renewable) four-year term as Editor in 2019. The total time commitment for the new editor is thus five years.

The editor is responsible for acquiring and editing research articles (approximately 400 pages of printed text annually), identifying referees for submissions and overseeing the review process, coordinating the material provided by review editors, and working with the University of Illinois Press, which produces the journal. The editor is assisted by an Editorial Board, whom she/he appoints with the approval of the SEM Board of Directors. The editor submits annual reports to the SEM Board of Directors in September and, at the SEM Annual Meeting, carries out the following tasks: orally summarizes the September report at the General Membership Meeting, provides a brief oral report during an SEM Board of Directors meeting, chairs a meeting with the Journal Editorial Board, chairs a meeting with the Journal Review Editors, and meets with the Publications Advisory Committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss possible institutional support with their department chairs and deans. In addition, SEM offers $6,000 annually for editorial assistance.

Ellen Koskoff welcomes applicants to contact her directly at ethnomusicologyjournal@gmail.com to discuss the tasks involved in editing the journal. Professor Koskoff will also be available for discussions at the SEM 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Applicants should submit a statement describing: (1) previous editorial and/or administrative experience; (2) the extent to which institutional support can be expected; and (3) why they are interested in serving as Journal Editor. In addition, they should submit a curriculum vitae and a list of three referees. Applicants must be members of SEM. SEM encourages applications from women and minorities and welcomes nominations from Society members.

SEM’s Publications Advisory Committee will review applications and make recommendations to the SEM Board of Directors. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2017. Please send all materials as email attachments to Stephen Stuempfle, SEM Executive Director, at semexec@indiana.edu.

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