Responsibilities and Criteria

The Assistant Editor shall assist the Editor in:

  • Managing the peer review of submitted manuscripts
  • Heavily soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors and assist these authors in seeing their manuscripts to publication
  • Deciding which manuscripts to publish
  • Selecting a sufficient pool of reviewers and editorial board members to evaluate manuscripts
  • Identifying and appointing qualified members to the editorial advisory board
  • Providing a clear vision for the direction of the journal
  • Recruiting guest editors for special issues
  • Ensuring ethical standards are met for all submissions

In addition, the successful applicant shall have Book Editor responsibilities such as:

  • Liaising with quality academic publishers to solicit review copies for the Book Review section of Politikon
  • Find suitable authors to review the books in order to draft book reviews of approximately 1200 words
  • Edit 2 -3 book reviews per issue for 3 journal issues per year
  • Ensure that all book reviews are received and submitted to meet the production schedule deadlines.
  • Ensure ethical standards are met for all book reviews. 
  • Perform all such editorial tasks assigned by the Editor-in-Chief

Key qualities sought for the position of Assistant Editor include an established record of scholarship in the field of politics and/or international relations or any relevant sub-field within political studies; a sound understanding of political studies scholarship; managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and meet deadlines; and the ability to recruit quality manuscripts.

Please note that this position will be for a period of three years after which the Assistant Editor will take the role of Editor-in-Chief for the editorial term of 2024 -2027. Thus, this position works to mentor the Assistant Editor before taking the position of Editor-in-Chief. 

The Assistant Editorship includes an honorarium.

To apply: Applications should include a CV & one-page Statement of Purpose, to be sent to the President of the South African Association of Political Studies, Prof Siphamandla Zondi at by no later than 15th April 2020.

For further details, contact the Editor-in-Chief at