Founded in 1935, Imago Mundi is currently issued twice a year by Taylor & Francis, in both print and online formats, usually in January and July: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rimu20. It is the only international journal published in English that covers the full chronological, spatial, and conceptual range of map making and map use. Its articles are peer reviewed to the highest standard, and are fully indexed in academic databases.
The position of Editor comes with an annual honorarium (currently GBP 12 000) and is supported by an editorial team of associate and assistant editors, including book review editors, bibliographers, translators of abstracts and a chronicler of the field: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=rimu20. It is anticipated that the new Editor(s) will work, in collaboration with the Chair and Treasurer of Imago Mundi Ltd, to reformulate editorial practices and the editorial team in ways that will support the Editor(s) and maintain the Journal's intellectual quality and rigour.
Responsibilities of the Editor of Imago Mundi
- Reports to
- the Board of Directors of Imago Mundi Ltd, via its Chair.
- oversight of all aspects of the preparation and production of the Journal
- management of the editorial team
- liaison with Taylor & Francis
- representation of the Journal within the broader field of the History of Cartography
- interest in the development of online publication
- ensures the efficient management of the submission and peer-review processes for articles, including advising on suitable peer reviewers
- is responsible for decisions regarding the acceptance, rejection, or revision and resubmission of submissions to the journal
- works with Taylor & Francis to oversee all aspects of print and online production
- works with Taylor & Francis to develop new opportunities for the Journal
- edits accepted submissions to meet a high standard of formal English and the format requirements of the Journal
- commissions, and edits as necessary, obituaries and the report on the biennial International Conference on the History of Cartography
- oversees and consults with the editorial team to ensure timely preparation of book reviews, subject bibliography, chronicle, and other Journal elements
- submits an annual Editor's Report to the Board of Directors of Imago Mundi Ltd
- advises the Chair and Hon. Treasurer of Imago Mundi Ltd on the payment of honoraria to members of the editorial team
- attends, as possible, the biennial International Conference on the History of Cartography
- broad experience of, and appreciation for, the field of map history, both in general and in its relations to cognate fields
- demonstrable editorial experience in internationally regarded academic publications
- demonstrable experience in editing academic publications written in English to the highest standard
- well-developed communication skills
- ability, as Editor, to provide intellectual leadership in the promotion of the study of the history of maps
- ability to work collegially within a team, and with authors
- interest in the capacity of digital publication to enrich and enhance the study of maps
- ability to work with standard word-processing formats
Terms of Appointment
The Editor(s) will be appointed for a five-year term, subject to satisfactory performance of duties, and inclusive of an initial probationary period. The five-year term may be renewed by mutual agreement with the Chair and Board of Imago Mundi Ltd.
How to apply
Applications for the position of Editor or Co-Editor of Imago Mundi should be made by 15 May 2022. Applicants who wish to apply for the position of Co-Editor may apply individually or jointly. Applications should consist of a Curriculum Vitae, accompanied by a letter of no more than two pages outlining the relevant editorial experience of the applicant(s); the nature of the contribution they envisage making to the journal as Editor/Co-Editor; and the names of two referees who may be contacted by the Search Committee.
Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informal enquiries about the position of Editor or Co-Editor of Imago Mundi may be made in confidence either to Wouter Bracke (email@example.com) or to Mary Pedley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Board of Directors of Imago Mundi Ltd has established a search committee to help it make this appointment. Its members are Wouter Bracke (Chair of Imago Mundi Ltd); Alfred Hiatt (Hon. Secretary; Queen Mary, University of London); Daniel Crouch (Hon. Treasurer; Bookseller); Mary Pedley (University of Michigan); Carme Montaner (Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya); Matthew Edney (University of Southern Maine); Michele Hannoosh (University of Michigan).
The appointment will be made by the Imago Mundi Ltd Board of Directors. The Directors of Imago Mundi Ltd are: Wouter Bracke (Chair; Royal Library of Belgium); Daniel Crouch (Hon. Treasurer; Bookseller); Alfred Hiatt (Hon. Secretary; Queen Mary, University of London); James Akerman (Newberry Library, Chicago); Peter Barber (former Map Librarian, British Library); Tony Campbell (former Map Librarian, British Library); Imre Demhardt (University of Texas at Arlington); Matthew Edney (University of Southern Maine); Chris Fleet (National Library of Scotland); Tom Harper (British Library); Markus Heinz (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin); Catherine Hofmann (Bibliothèque nationale de France); Roger Kain (School of Advanced Study, University of London); Nick Millea (Bodleian Library, Oxford); Carme Montaner (Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya); Anthony Payne (Independent Scholar); Mary Pedley (University of Michigan); Alexey Postnikov (Russian Academy of Sciences); Zsolt Török (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest); Sarah Tyacke (former Chief Executive, The National Archives).
Imago Mundi Ltd is a limited company, registered with Companies House (UK), and also a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It exists to promote the study of maps and map history as an international discipline by:
- The publication of Imago Mundi
- Oversight of the biennial International Conferences on the History of Cartography.
The Editor of Imago Mundi is not a Director of Imago Mundi Ltd, but is invited to attend Board meetings in an advisory capacity.
The Board of Directors of Imago Mundi Ltd is committed to principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in all it does. It welcomes expressions of interest from persons in groups currently under-represented within scholarly publishing.