Vacancy: RSME Editor and Editorial Assistant

Research Studies in Music Education Journal

Editor position

Applications are invited for the Editor of the SEMPRE journal Research Studies in Music Education, 2017-2022, published by SAGE.

Research Studies in Music Education is a peer-reviewed journal, currently published in print twice a year, and moving to three times a year in 2019. The journal receives a large number of submissions across a wide range of disciplines related to the broadly conceived understanding of research in music education.

The primary role of Editor is to decide, with the support of anonymous peer review, which submissions merit publication in the Journal. The Editor should be an excellent and diplomatic communicator, self- motivated and highly organised, and with exceptional attention to detail. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. It is expected that the Editor should have expertise across a broad range of appropriate disciplines associated with music education research, as well as some experience of academic publishing. The Editor is supported by an editorial team, including a paid editorial assistant and an international Editorial Board, by SEMPRE, and by SAGE, the commercial academic publishers of the Journal. We welcome applications from individuals or dual/shared applications.

Interested applicants should send a full CV, list of two academic or other relevant referees and a 500 word statement of their vision for the future development of the Journal to Professor Graham Welch, Chair of SEMPRE ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), by 31st August 2017. Enquiries are welcome to the current Editor, Professor Kathy Marsh ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Editorial Assistant

The position of RSME Editorial Assistant currently carries an annual honorarium of £1,900 from appointment in 2017 (subject to tax, if applicable) and is an important role in supporting the Editor and Editorial Board of the Research Studies in Music Education Journal. It requires someone with exceptional attention to detail, good time management skills, an ability to manage a complex online system, and high levels of discretion, as well as knowledge of the academic subject matter covered by the journal. The approximate time involved is around 5-8 hours per week, depending on the flow of activity. The role includes dealing with author enquiries, checking manuscripts on submission and resubmission, proof reading of accepted manuscripts before they are passed to the publisher (e.g., checking style, English, academic conventions), and processing manuscripts through the SAGE online system in a timely fashion. The role also involves monitoring manuscript progress through the online system and ensuring the editorial team are kept informed of tasks in hand. In addition, the Editorial Assistant will support the editor with social media and digital initiatives, including posting on the RSME twitter account and, for example, curating thematic material from previously published topical RSME articles for online dissemination and discussion.

The post would suit a doctoral/post-doctoral student, or recent graduate in music education/psychology of music, or a closely related area, and it is intended that this appointment will provide at least some overlap between the current and new Editors (a new Editor will be appointed in 2017). Interested applicants should send a full CV and names of two referees (at least one of whom is academic) who can comment on their ability and motivation to undertake this work to Professor Graham Welch, Chair of SEMPRE ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by 30 September 2017. It is hoped that an appointment will be made by the end of October 2017 or soon after. Any informal enquiries about this role can be directed to the current Editorial Assistant, Samantha Dieckmann ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or the current Research Studies in Music Education Editor, Professor Kathy Marsh ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).