JRAS Editor Applications


The Royal Asiatic Society is inviting applications for the position of

Editor of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society



The Royal Asiatic Society was founded in 1823 ‘for the investigation and encouragement of the science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia’. In furtherance of this aim the Society has published books and journals for nearly two hundred years. The Society is a charitable educational body constituted under a Royal Charter and governed by an elected Council. Since 1990, Cambridge University Press has published the third series of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Currently the budget for the Journal extends to 784 printed pages a year, issued in four quarterly parts. Before being assigned to a printed volume articles are published on CUP’s digital platform First View, and authors enjoy to the full all the benefits associated with CUP digital publishing programme, Cambridge Core.


The Journal accepts specialist scholarly articles but also welcomes submissions that deploy inter- disciplinary and comparative research methods, or essays that make new knowledge and interpretations more readily accessible to a wider readership. From time to time the Journal publishes special issues on related themes originating from seminars, workshops, or conferences. Such issues may be the responsibility of a guest editor. The Journal carries commissioned book reviews.


Professor Sarah Ansari, who has been the Editor for twenty years, is retiring after taking up office as the Society’s President. The Society invites applications from individuals or editorial partnerships based anywhere in the world. The successful candidate(s) will have a clear and exciting vision for the journal’s future development and the energy, commitment, and standing to realise that vision.


Interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief CV and covering letter to Dr Gordon Johnson <gj206@cam.ac.uk>, who is the chair of the Society’s Publications Committee. Dr Johnson is willing to answer informal enquiries. Covering letters should outline how the applicant(s) would approach the editorship, including:


  • thoughts on the future content and strategic direction of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, development of the journal’s international profile, aims and scope
  • day to day running of the journal editorial office in the digital world
  • financial and administrative support required from the Society
  • an indication of the support available (if any) from the applicant’s home institution (if relevant), including financial or administrative support and time allowed for journal work
  • details of any prior journal experience, especially digital publishing The total document should comprise no more than five pages

Applications (by email to <gj206@cam.ac.uk>) are welcome at any time up to 16 July 2021.


The Council has established a Search Committee to review applications, make enquiries, and to conduct interviews of short-listed candidates. The Search Committee intend to recommend a successful candidate for formal appointment by the Council not later than the end of October 2021.


The Search Committee comprises: Professor A J Stockwell (chair), Mrs Sally Hoffmann (Cambridge University Press), Professor Anna Contadini (SOAS), Professor Rana Mitter (Oxford), Professor Samita Sen (Cambridge), Professor Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge), and Professor Cynthia Talbot (University of Texas at Austin).


The appointment will be for an initial period of three years renewable and take effect from 1 January 2022.