The Editorial Board of History of Education is seeking expressions of interest in the role of Book Reviews Editor. 

History of Education is a leading international journal which is listed in the Thomson Reuters Social Science Citations Index. The term of office will be five years commencing from January 2021.  It is anticipated that the Book Reviews Editor appointed from 2021 will be able to reapply for the role in 2026 when the next call for expressions of interest will be made.  

The policy for book reviews appearing in the journal has been stable for a number of years. An average of seven reviews appear in four of the six issues published in each annual volume. Reviews are commissioned (occasionally unsolicited reviews are accepted). Most reviews are of a single book (1250-1500 words). In addition, paired reviews are commissioned (two-three books on a similar theme) as are longer Review Essays (up to 5,000 words).  

The duties of the Book Reviews Editor are to: order review copies of books from publishers;  maintain and enlarge the electronic database of reviewers that has been built up over the last few years; from the list of individuals on the database, commission reviews of books received; prepare for proof stage the reviews received (consulting with reviewers over queries as necessary); read and correct the proofs of reviews prepared by the journal publisher; consult with the editors of the journal over matters of editorial policy; present a verbal or written report on the book reviews section of the journal annually to the Editorial Board. A small level of expenses is available to cover administrative costs and postage.

Applicants for the role are invited to send to the Editors a short (up to 500 word) outline of the approach they would take to the role over the five-year period. This should be in the form of an email attachment addressed to all three editors and to be received by them no later than 30 November 2020:

Heather Ellis: [email protected]

Mark Freeman: [email protected]

Stephanie Olsen:  [email protected]

Applicants are also welcome to correspond with the current role-holder about aspects of the position. Contact Amy Palmer: [email protected]