Editorial Internship in Academic Publishing Online



The Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invites applications from postgraduate research students in English, History, and Art History for an Internship in Academic Publishing Online to manage our web journal:

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century


The Journal

Launched on 1 October 2005, 19 is an electronic publishing initiative designed to publicize and disseminate the research activities carried out by Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, and to provide practical research and professional development opportunities for the many postgraduate students undertaking research degrees in nineteenth-century studies at the College. The journal is fully peer-reviewed, is aggregated with NINES, and currently uses the Open Journals System, allowing free and open access to its contents. It is now well-recognised and respected as a leading journal in the field, known for its exciting research and as a innovative and field-setting example of Open Access practice.


The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

The Centre was first established in 1997 under the directorship of Professor Isobel Armstrong originally to bring together researchers in English, History of Art and History.  It has since developed a reputation for its diverse events that attract national and international scholars. It hosts the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, which sees speakers coming to Birkbeck throughout the year; it runs the successful annual Dickens Day; and organizes and hosts major conferences, workshops and symposia. The Centre also provides opportunities for Postgraduate students to organise and run events. It is still an active participant in the field-defining London Seminar for Nineteenth-Century Studies after running the seminar for many years.


The Position

The Centre wishes to appoint a postgraduate editorial intern in Academic Publishing Online to manage 19, working with another postgraduate intern under the supervision of the journal’s Editor, Dr Carolyn Burdett, the Assistant Editor, David Gillott, and with the guidance of the Editorial Board. The one-year appointment is for 5 hours a week over 48 weeks, beginning on 1 October 2016.  The appointee will be expected to participate fully in the day-to-day running of the journal and to manage the Centre’s website.  Responsibilities include maintenance and resourcing of 19 and the Centre’s website; liaising with contributors and publisher; overseeing the smooth operation of the peer review system; copy editing of essays and other submitted materials; promoting and publicizing the journal; and taking an active role in web publishing initiatives. The postholder will be supported and mentored by an intern already in post and, in turn, will mentor the next intern. There will also be Centre-focused activity, including curation of the Centre’s presence in social media and elsewhere, including help with blog initiatives; contributing to the archiving of the Centre’s work; and participation in initiatives with other postgraduate students working in the nineteenth century. Postholders will attend Centre meetings, and will be expected to be active participants and, where appropriate, helpers in the Centre’s programme of seminars, conferences and symposia.



We invite applications from postgraduate research students from across the College with interests in the nineteenth century. Applicants should expect to be enrolled as students at Birkbeck until end of September 2017.


Selection Criteria


  • Research interests in Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Organizational and clerical skills
  • Independence and initiative

Desirable but NOT essential

  • Involvement in the activities of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies or in the organization of research activities such as Reading Groups, Seminars or Conferences
  • Web authoring and design skills
  • Experience in electronic publishing
  • Editing experience



Grade 6, spinal point 26:  £17.37 per hour.


Please email a letter of application and CV together with the name of your supervisor, from whom we will require a reference, to Dr Carolyn Burdett (c.burdett@bbk.ac.uk) in the School of Arts by 5.00pm on Friday 23 September 2016.  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly thereafter (date tbc)


Please direct any enquiries to Dr Carolyn Burdett in the Department of English and Humanities (c.burdett@bbk.ac.uk).



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