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The Journal of Linguistic Geography is published by Cambridge University Press. The journal has established a reputation as an online-only outlet that publishes the highest quality scholarship on dialect geography and the spatial distribution of language relative to questions of variation and change. The journal examines topics in dialectology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language in its sociocultural environment, typology, and investigations of the theoretical contributions by geographically based studies to general linguistics. The journal also welcomes articles inclusive of maps, sound files, and data sets, as may be appropriate. The journal was co-founded by Bill Labov and Dennis Preston. Professor Labov has recently stepped into the role of Senior Editorial Advisor. The journal actively seeks applications for a new co-editor to work alongside Dennis Preston, preferably holding a tenured position at a college or university anywhere in the world. The initial term of the co-editor will be five years, with the possibility of renewal.

Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter, and the names and email addresses of three references, to Amy Laurent (details below). The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017. The co-editor appointment is expected by June 15, 2017.

Editorial responsibilities will include:

  • Shaping the strategic direction of the journal, in cooperation with Cambridge
  • Organizing and managing the editorial office
  • Managing the peer review process
  • Making final article acceptance decisions
  • Editing and proofing articles for the journal
  • Working with members of an active Editorial Board
  • Attending relevant conferences and an annual editorial meeting


In your application, please indicate your:

  • Ideas about the development and future direction of Journal of Linguistic Geography
  • Experience of publishing in the field
  • Editorial experience, ideally with an academic journal
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and work as part of a team
  • Strong professional and academic links
  • Excellent organizational, communication and IT skills
  • Institutional support, financial or otherwise, to work on the journal


Please direct applications and any questions to Amy Laurent, Editor, Cambridge University Press at alaurent@cambridge.org. Please use JLG Call for Co-Editor as your email subject line.