DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Editors: JPMS (Journal of Popular Music Studies)


The Journal of Popular Music Studies (JPMS) is accepting applications for two co-editors to begin three-year terms on July 1, 2021. JPMS, published on behalf of the United States branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US), is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to research on popular music throughout the world, approached from a variety of positions. Published four times a year, each issue features essays and reviews, as well as roundtables and creative works inspired by popular music.

Editors enjoy substantial flexibility with respect to format, structure, and special issues. We encourage applicants to identify in their applications creative curatorial ideas they might wish to pursue. We would also like to hear from editorial candidates their thoughts about how to further diversify who edits and writes for the journal and what it includes. That means highlighting under-represented groups in particular, but also bringing more extra-academic work into the mix and taking advantage of our flexible and media-rich online platform.

For a detailed description of responsibilities, see below. The outgoing co-editors, Robin James and Eric Weisbard, have generously agreed to work closely with the new editors to ensure a smooth transition.  

Candidates interested in the editorial positions are encouraged to submit, via email, a C.V. and a 1 to 2 page letter of interest detailing relevant skills and experience and outlining your vision for the future of the JPMS. Applications may be made individually, on the assumption that a co-editor will be identified by the selection committee, or potential co-editors may make a single, jointly prepared application. Please submit applications to IASPM-US president Theo Cateforis at by May 31, 2021. Any questions should be directed to him.

Duties include:

1. The co-editors review all new submissions, first deciding if they merit being sent out for peer review. If so, they pick reviewers and back-ups, then stay engaged as the article goes through the pipeline: vetting the reviews, resubmissions, etc., through to approval or rejection.  

2. The co-editors coordinate with the three Associate Editors responsible for the Field Notes section, brainstorming special sections and discussing individual essays and interviews.

3. The co-editors consult with the managing editor (who communicates with the publisher’s production team) as issues are readied for production, getting involved if issues come up.

4. The co-editors provide a brief Editors’ Note for each issue.

5. The co-editors are responsible for all queries from prospective authors.

6. The co-editors have the option to devise new forms of content beyond the standard academic article format, commissioning content, making creative use of the enhanced digital platforms of the journal, and vetting or soliciting guest editors for special issues.

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