JCEL Assistant Managing Editor


The Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship (JCEL) is seeking an assistant managing editor. Join us and help publish quality scholarship while learning about the publishing process.  

Apply by December 6, 2023.   One or two editors will be selected for the 2024 publication cycle.  Editors in this cohort will be working on both regular and special issues, helping manage the process for our content editors, peer reviewers, and authors. 


This volunteer position will work with the JCEL managing editor to coordinate the editing process and overall journal management. The main duty of the assistant managing editor will be to help manage articles through their life cycle by providing organizational support so this process runs smoothly. This includes monitoring the status of articles, sending reminders, and helping troubleshoot issues with the editing process. It will require communication among the content editors, authors, and copy editor. 

Other projects could include identifying opportunities for JCEL to grow and implementing these ideas, for example working with database providers to include JCEL’s content in library databases, or improving author relations by communicating information about their work’s use.  

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. The assistant managing editor 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 managing editor about every two weeks.  You will have the option to attend the editors in chief and associate editors meeting every two weeks if you have interest. Time commitment per week will vary with the editorial cycle, but should average 1-2 hours per week. 

What to expect in the position

The assistant managing editor will work to create organizational tools to help manage the article submission process. Currently our work list is organized via spreadsheets. As we’ve grown, we need to explore better organization tools to help with our publication. 

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! 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. 

Application process

Submit this form by December 6, 2023, to apply for the 2024 associate editor cohort.