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Freelance Contributing Editor – British Art Studies

British Art Studies (BAS) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Yale Center for British Art. BAS is published four times per year and is a platform for innovative research on all aspects of British art. 

Since its launch in 2015, the journal has grown in scope and ambition. We are looking for someone who is committed to expanding both the histories of British art and digital publishing as a freelance Contributing Editor. BAS is edited collaboratively by a team in London and New Haven. One of our Editors in Chief will be on maternity leave in 2020 and the purpose of this new editorial resource is to ensure that the journal maintains its reputation for scholarly excellence, responsiveness to authors and creative experimentation over this period. We are also keen for help to expand our editorial expertise and shape the future direction of BAS.

Over the past year, we have received just under 60 submissions (via the open call and commissioning by editors), most of which were sent to peer review and evaluated by the editorial team. Across our last four issues, we have also worked with 74 authors and published 48 different articles and features. 

We would expect the Contributing Editor to: 

  • Contribute to monthly editorial meetings (in person or by conference call)
  • Read submissions to the journal before and after peer review, and edit accepted submissions
  • Solicit content and features
  • Promote the journal within their networks
  • Lead on the development of an article or feature within this twelve-month period
  • Take an active interest in digital publishing

Fee and Conditions

The Contributing Editor would be engaged on a freelance basis for one year from February 2020. A fixed fee of £10,000 p.a. is offered.

Time Commitment

The time commitment would be commensurate to one day per week, although there is flexibility in this depending on the publication schedule of the journal.

Person Specification

Essential skills and competences

  • Expertise and in-depth knowledge of British art and its histories
  • PhD in British art history or equivalent experience
  • Proven publication record
  • Collaborative approach to working
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Proactive and able to work in a self-motivated way
  • Ability to work on a number of different projects simultaneously and efficiently, working to meet deadlines set by the Managing Editor

Desirable skills and competences

  • Some editorial experience
  • Experience of/interest in scholarly publishing
  • Experience of/interest in digital publishing

Application Process

Please email your completed application form to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk or by post to the address given on the application form.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 13 December 2019.


Interviews will be held the week beginning 20 January 2020.