Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, the twice-yearly, peer-reviewed journal of Culture and Agriculture (a Section of the American Anthropological Association), is looking for a new co-editor, to begin in the fall of 2015.
Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) features anthropologically-relevant analyses of the human dimensions of environment, ecology, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, energy, water, food, nutrition, sustainability, and biodiversity. In recent years, CAFE’s scope was expanded to include a broader set of environmental issues, as reflected in its title. CAFE publishes peer-reviewed material, as well as editorially reviewed commentary and reports, discussions of theoretical developments and methods of inquiry, results of empirical research, and book and film reviews. CAFE encourages dialogue among scholars, activists, and practitioners working with the human dimensions of environmental concerns.
CAFE publishes unsolicited material, invited articles, and occasional themed and guest-edited issues. Recent submissions have spanned a broad range of approaches and material, including gendered agricultural knowledge and practice, television treatments of industrialized agriculture, the differential histories and impacts of coal mining and hydraulic fracturing in communities, and cultural practices affecting child nutrition and health. Recent special themed issues have been on renewable and extractive energy (June 2013 V35/1), and on the legacy of Robert Rhoades to the development of a collaborative agricultural anthropology (June 2014 V36/1).
CAFE has as one of its aims to make anthropological perspectives available to an interdisciplinary readership of researchers, practitioners, and activists working with agricultural and environmental issues. Though anthropology is our base and specialty, readers and authors may come from fields that include sociology, agricultural economics, food studies, policy sciences, and diverse branches of farming and natural resources management. The journal receives submissions from across the globe, and is available to institutions in low-income countries through philanthropic grants.
The new co-editor will officially begin in the fall of 2015 for a four-year rotation. The co-editors work on a staggered rotation, sharing duties and providing overlap and continuity across editor transitions. The editor-select will be incorporated into editorial discussions prior to fall 2015 if possible. The position is volunteer, but financial support for attending AAA annual meetings is typically available.
Along with all other scholarly journals, CAFE is navigating the ever-changing demands and dynamics of knowledge exchange in the current electronic era. The situation is particularly challenging for smaller journals like CAFE, however we believe there is a potential contributor and readership base that we have not yet fully tapped, both within and outside anthropology. Along with other journals under the AAA aegis, beginning in 2016, the journal is expected to be digital-only, with paper versions of the journal provided to subscribers for an extra fee. Concerns about maintaining journal quality, access, and financial and scholarly sustainability have generated a process to streamline journal management, reduce publication costs, and increase journal reach and readership. During 2013-2014, CAFE staff and C&A members initiated a process to explore and chart CAFE’s future over the next decade. The incoming co-editor will:
- Collaborate with the current co-editor, editorial advisory board, and Section members to carry out a process of investigating publishing models suitable to CAFE’s aims, with an eye toward meeting journal goals as well as financial and scholarly sustainability.
- Share duties collaboratively with existing co-editor of managing all phases of of article submission, review, and publication
- Provide editorial review, judgment, oversight, and copy-editing to journal submissions and issues as necessary
- Provide vision and oversight to journal content and directions
- Stay abreast of current trends and issues in anthropological research and theory related to the journal’s key thematic areas
- Initiate and solicit proposals for timely and relevant themed issues
- Work with C&A Executive Board on journal budgeting and planning
- Serve on the C&A Executive Board, with responsibilities for providing annual reports to the C&A Board and membership on journal progress, challenges, statistics, budget issues, and other matters
- Provide annual and other reports to, and communicate and collaborate with, the American Anthropological Association’s Publications Department
- Serve as liaison between Culture and Agriculture Executive Board and the AAA Publishing Department
- Cultivate, maintain, and work with an Editorial Advisory Board to locate peer reviewers, provide guidance to journal content and directions, and problem-solve
- Help recruit, supervise, and collaborate with student assistants, technical consultants, and the C&A internet outreach specialist.
- Strategize on methods and media for publicizing the journal to increase readership.
Interest in and/or experience with electronic publishing is welcome, but not required. Candidates are encouraged to explore past journal content at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)2153-9561.
Institutional affiliation is helpful, but not required. Editors with institutional affiliations typically negotiate support in the form of course release, postage and office support, and funding for student assistants as in-kind contributions to the CAFE budget. Editorial effort is year-round and constant; however the January-March and July-September periods are typically when more intensive effort is needed to meet production schedules.
Self-nomination is encouraged. Letters of interest should address your vision and qualifications for the above responsibilities. The letter should be sent to Lisa Markowitz, C&A President at email@example.com. Questions about the position may be directed to the current co-editors, Stephanie Paladino and Jeanne Simonelli, at firstname.lastname@example.org.