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Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society

Thursday, May 14, 2020  

The American Musicological Society (AMS) invites applications for the new position of Associate Editor (AE) for the Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS).

The AE will assist the Editor-In-Chief (EIC), Kevin Karnes, for a period of 22 months, beginning March 1, 2021, with an honorarium of $500 per issue and then succeed him as EIC for a two-year term, January 1, 2023-January 1, 2025, with an honorarium of $1,500 per issue. The total length of editorial service will be 3 years and 10 months.  

In addition to assisting the EIC with day-to-day operations, by October, 2021, the AE will be responsible for submitting a slate of proposed Editorial Board members, and media and reviews editors, to the AMS Board for consideration at its annual meeting. By October 2022, the AE must also hire an Editorial Assistant aiding the Associate Editor and Editor in Chief, in consultation with the executive director. The new Editorial Board, editorial team, and editorial assistant will begin work January 1, 2023, when the AE assumes the position of EIC.

The EIC identifies and engages peer reviewers; decides on rejection (including desk rejections) acceptance, and revise and resubmit decisions; edits peer reviews for tone, archives edited peer reviews in the S1 system. The EIC works closely with the journal’s publisher, University of California Press throughout the production process. During the Annual Meeting of the society, the EIC reports to the Board and to the membership.

The ideal candidate should have an established position in the discipline of musicology, an appreciable record of published research, and editorial experience; should demonstrate vision, leadership, creativity, sound planning skills (including a keen eye for emerging directions in musicological scholarship); strong management skills (liaising with authors, the editorial team, robust quality assurance in relation to manuscripts, and the production of each issue); and good communication skills. Finalists would need to demonstrate that they have already discussed the prospect with their home institutions and have secured a commitment to share 50/50 the cost of the Editorial Assistant’s stipend when the AE becomes EIC.

Applications should include a letter outlining ambitions for the Journal as well as levels of experience and expertise, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of two referees. These should be sent by July 1, 2020, by e-mail (attachments in .doc or .pdf format), to Professor Alejandro L. Madrid (, chair of the search committee, who will be available to respond to queries until the end of June. Review of applications will begin immediately and may include online interviews; the search committee will present a list of finalists to the society’s president by August 15, 2020, following discussions with each candidate about support from their home institution; the AMS Board will vote on the nominees by October 1, 2020; and the president will offer the job to the successful nominee soon after.

JAMS is one of the premier journals in the field. It publishes scholarship from all fields of musical inquiry: from historical musicology, critical theory, music analysis, iconography and organology, to performance practice, aesthetics and hermeneutics, ethnomusicology, gender and sexuality, popular music and cultural studies. JAMS is recognized for the breadth of its intellectual scope and its penetration in the field — nearly 5,000 subscribers rely on JAMS to inform their scholarship. Each issue includes articles, book reviews, and communications. Three issues are published annually and sent to AMS members.