JCEL Call for volunteers - Associate Editors


The Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship (JCEL) is calling for associate editors! Join us and help publish quality scholarship while learning about the publishing process.  

Apply by October 1, 2022, for inclusion in the 2023 associate editor cohort.  Three to four associate editors will be selected for the 2022–2023 publication cycle.  Editors in this cohort will be working on articles submitted to the special issue on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Traditional Cultural Expression.


These volunteer positions will work with the JCEL editors to coordinate the editing of new article submissions. The associate editors will review new articles for scope and quality, and ensure these articles are moved through the peer review, content editing, and copy editing phases of publication. The primary duty of the associate editors will be ensuring quality content while preventing unnecessary delays. 

Experience or demonstrated interest in copyright law, good organization skills, ability to be self-directed, and good communication skills are required. This one-year appointment represents a good opportunity to connect with people in the library and education copyright field.  Associate editors will build and maintain publishing skills, as well as develop an understanding of current copyright issues. This position is not limited to copyright librarians or attorneys, and would be a good fit for an early-career practitioner interested in copyright.  

Time Commitment

Successful candidates will meet virtually with the editors in chief and other associate editors every two weeks. Time commitment per week will vary with the editorial cycle, but should average 1-3 hours per week. 

What to expect in the position

Associate editors will have no more than one article at any given time, but could edit up to three articles during their appointment. You will shepherd the article through the full editorial cycle including managing peer review, substantive content editing, and ensuring that the article is on track in the editorial process. You will receive assistance at each stage, operating with more independence once you are more familiar with the editorial process. The senior editorial team will be available to support you, and will be happy to meet to address any questions. 

You will be joining a team that highly values your work and contributions!  The 2022-2023 associate editor cohort will also have the opportunity to shape the associate editor program going forward. Applications are welcomed from all, but are especially encouraged from those who are traditionally underrepresented in the professions of librarianship and education, and in society. Help us, learn, and work with great people!


Application process

Submit this form by October 1, 2022, to apply for the 2023 associate editor cohort.


Quick Facts about JCEL

  • JCEL was founded in 2016, and currently has 9 issues, with 86 articles
  • Over 79,000 article downloads
  • Funded by MIT Libraries, Purdue Libraries, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Washington University in St. Louis and others