Vacancy: Reviews Editor

Social History of Medicine seeks a new reviews editor to join Professor Christoph Gradmann (co-editor), Professor Patricia Skinner (co-editor), and Dr Dora Vargha (co-editor). The new reviews editor will succeed Dr Vanessa Heggie, who will stand down in 2019. There is a modest honorarium for this work.

Social History of Medicine is a leading international journal and covers all aspects of the social, cultural and economic history of medicine. It is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM). The journal appears four times annually.

Expertise in all areas of history of medicine and/or time-periods will be considered.


The primary duties of the Reviews Editor are as follows:

  • Identify and invite suitable reviewers for books (approx. 250 invitations per year).
  • Manage authors’ queries, extensions and late reviews.
  • Lightly edit submitted reviews for house style (approx. 80-90 per year).
  • Check proofs of reviews for errors and final corrections, including checking SHM issue proofs with particular responsibility for the book review section.
  • Provide Oxford University Press with the running order for each issue.
  • Keep an overview of reviews to spot potential clusters for ‘focus on’ sections and/or essay reviews.
  • Attend Skype meetings with the other editors (approx. 3 meetings/year).
  • Find and manage a book reviews assistant, including managing their hourly fee.
  • Organise a system for receiving and posting books, including making expenses claims.


In addition to the editorial skype meetings, there are usually four meetings (two EC meetings, one Editorial Board meeting, and one SSHM AGM) per year where the reviews editor is present; the reviews editor is an ex-officio member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine Executive Committee. The EC expects at least one of the journal editors to attend each of these meetings. The annual meeting of the Editorial Board usually occurs in the summer; the two regular meetings of the EC are held around March/April/May and October/November/December; and the AGM is usually held in either July or September, depending on when our conference is scheduled.

Travel Allowance

The EC will reimburse reasonable travel costs (standard class train tickets using advance fares if possible, or economy class air fares) for essential meetings.

To Apply

Please send your CV (no more than 6 pages), and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages). The application should provide a brief statement of why the candidate is attracted to the post, an outline of what they would contribute to SHM, and a synopsis of their relevant experience. Applications should be emailed to

Deadline: 30 September 2019

Informal enquiries about the nature of the post can be made by e-mail to Dr Vanessa Heggie by email ( or in person during the EAHMH conference at the University of Birmingham (27-30 August 2019).

Further details about the journal and the Society for the Social History of Medicine can be found at

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