The Society for Economic Anthropology seeks applications for Editor of
the SEA journal, Economic Anthropology, an AAA publication through Wiley Online and indexed in AnthroSource. As of 2016, the Editor oversees production of two issues per year.
The position is an unpaid service commitment, but offers unusual opportunities for advancing the scholarship of economic anthropology and for contributing to the life force of the SEA. Economic Anthropology had the highest rate of growth for readership across all the AAA journals in 2015. The number of full-text downloads of EA articles increased from 3,279 in 2014 to 7,165 in 2015—an increase of 119 percent.
The position will begin officially in April 2017 at the SEA annual spring meeting. However, current Editor Kate Browne requests that a transitional plan begin by January 2017. This plan would include collaboration to ensure the journal’s seamless transition.
Specific tasks of Editor include evaluating submissions, locating peer reviewers, overseeing copyediting, communicating with authors, peer reviewers, guest editors, and production personnel at Wiley, supervising the flow of submissions through each step of production, maintaining timetables for two issues at different points in the production process, and keeping records. Templates for communication and database records are established.
Qualities of a successful Editor will include a strong background in writing, excellent communication skills, time management and record keeping skills, and an average of 5 hours/week during most of the year in order to stay atop of the steady demands of the journal. The SEA suggests that the editor seek support from his or her institution for the work involved with a journal that is becoming recognized for its quality and reach.
Background of Economic Anthropology
Economic Anthropology was founded in 2013 as a part of the SEA negotiations with AAA to bring the SEA into the umbrella organization. The first publication appeared in January 2014 under the capable management of Editor, Lisa Cliggett, who also oversaw production of several successive issues. Kate Browne became Editor in 2015 and initiated a shortened timeframe from submission to publication of one year.
Of the two issues per year, one, based on the previous year’s SEA meeting, is guest-edited by the Program Chair(s) of that meeting. Kate Browne inaugurated a second annual issue of EA that allows “open submissions” of papers and features both regular-length papers and a special Symposium forum with five short essays by high-profile economic anthropologists. The first open-submission issue will appear this January 2017.
1. An abbreviated CV that documents the applicant’s qualifications for this position.
2. A statement of interest in which you discuss why you would like to edit the journal, what strengths and capabilities you would bring to the editorship, and the support you anticipate receiving from your institution.
Please send Applications to: Lynne Milgram, Chair, EA Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Submissions: November 4, 2016.
Economic Anthropology – Issues List:
January 2014: EA 1:1 —Social Economies of Greed and Excess
January 2015: EA 2:1 —The Political Economy of Cities
June 2015: EA 2:2 —Inequality
January 2016: EA 3:1 —Energy
June 2016: EA 3:2—Technologies and Transformation of Economies
January 2017 EA 4.1—Open issue with Symposium Essays
June 2017: EA 4.2—Risk and Resilience