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Would you like to be the Managing Editor of Annals of Leisure Research?

Annals of Leisure Research is looking for a new Managing Editor (or Editors, in the case of a joint application) with a proven background in leisure studies, as well as the passion to drive the journal forward. It is a significant role, with high profile, but one that is achievable within a continuing busy working academic timetable. The contract is for a three-year term with a possibility to extend.

Annals of Leisure Research (‘Annals’) is the journal of the Australian and New Zealand Leisure Studies Association (ANZALS). Annals publishes refereed articles across 5 issues a year that promote the development of research and scholarship in leisure studies. Although originating in Australasia, Annals is aimed at an international readership and seeks theoretical or applied articles that cover any topic within the broad area of leisure studies, including recreation, tourism, hospitality, the arts, outdoor recreation, events, entertainment, sport, culture, and play.

The successful candidate (or candidates, in the case of a joint application) will report to the ANZALS Board and will work with them to appoint Deputy Editors and Associate Editors. The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions to Annals. They will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. There will be an agreed handover period with the out-going Managing Editors, Professor Belinda Wheaton and Professor Louise Mansfield to ensure seamless transition.

ANZALS will provide a fixed amount of remuneration as a contribution towards the editorial, administrative, and travel expenses incurred by the Managing Editor(s) or by the editorial office during the three-year term while conducting all editorial business of the journal. The publisher, Taylor & Francis, will supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the Journal. The Journal utilises the online editorial office system ScholarOne Manuscript Central.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build your own networks, promote the research in the field that you are passionate about, and be recognised as a leading figure within the academic community.


Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in successful applicant(s):

  • Is an active scholar in the leisure studies community with strong personal networks and a familiarity with Annals;
  • Has confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions;
  • Has strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner;
  • Can foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as Associate Editors, reviewers, the ANZALS Board and Taylor & Francis;
  • Is able to provide succinct and timely quarterly written reports for ANZALS Board meetings and is able to attend Board meetings as required to speak to any points in the report that require discussion or approval by the Board.

The ANZALS Board invites applications from qualified individuals or pairs willing to work together as Managing Editors (submitted as a joint application). The role will officially commence on 1 May 2025 with the expectation that the incoming Managing Editor(s) will work alongside outgoing Managing Editors Professors Belinda Wheaton and Louise Mansfield for a handover period.

Submitting your application

To apply for the three-year term position of Managing Editor, please forward your CV, a cover letter, and your vision statement for Annals to Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta, ANZALS President, at oscar.pinta@utas.edu.au by 31 July 2024. Oscar is also available to discuss the role informally with any interested candidates.

The vision statement should succinctly outline your strategic vision for the journal. Please ensure that the statement covers the following key points, keeping it to no more than two pages in length:

Strategic direction

  • Your perspective on the future direction of the field and your vision for the journal’s position within it.
  • Your vision of the role of the journal in the evolving landscape of academic publishing.
  • Any innovations you would like to implement, and the rationale for them.

Cultivating relationships

  • Your strategies for working effectively with the Editorial Board and the ANZALS Board.
  • Your plan for engaging with and supporting authors and reviewers to promote diversity in authorship, editorial board composition, and published content.
  • Your plan for engaging with ANZALS members and promoting the journal to them and to the broader leisure studies community.

Submission quality

  • Your planned approach for maintaining and enhancing the quality and diversity of submissions.




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