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Appalachian Journal Editor

Appalachian Journal is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, quarterly, academic journal, published continuously since 1972 by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Appalachian State University. The publication features field research and scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology, and a variety of other academic topics, as well as interviews, roundtable discussions, first-person essays, photography, poetry, and reviews of books, films, and recordings—all dealing with the region of the Appalachian Mountains.

The Editor must be knowledgeable about the interdisciplinary field of Appalachian studies, from early scholarship to new publications, and have strong professional networks.

The editor’s essential duties include keeping the journal’s website current and coordinating and overseeing production-related tasks with the layout designer and the press, including fact-checking and copyediting, checking page proofs, collecting copyright permissions, and performing reviews at each stage of production for the publication.

The editor’s essential responsibilities include soliciting submissions and promoting the journal, recruiting peer reviewers and book/media reviewers, and supervising an editorial assistant. The editor must be able to communicate effectively with authors, reviewers, and editorial assistants to ensure a smooth flow of manuscripts in the review process; to answer editorial questions; and to support and maintain editorial quality.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree (i.e., MFA) in English or any field related to Appalachian studies
  • Knowledge of and expertise in Appalachian studies, including current scholarship in the field
  • At least three years of experience and participation in Appalachian studies scholarship
  • Editorial experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Evidence of strong organizational skills

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