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Kingston, Ontario

Date posted:
January 31, 2013

Deadline for applicants: February 22nd, 2013 (midnight)

Acquisition Editor

McGill-Queen's University Press

McGill-Queen’s University Press (MQUP) is seeking two Acquisition Editors at its office in Kingston, Ontario.

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Acquisition Editor is responsible for the assemblage, vetting, and improving scholarly manuscripts and high-end trade titles in the fields under the Editor's expertise.

The Editor will develop the Press’ high-quality reputation as a respected presence in the academic community and be responsible for putting manuscripts through external peer assessment, and then preparing them for presentation to the MQUP Publications Review Committee for approval on content grounds.


Duties could include but are not be limited to the following:

Acquiring new and upcoming work in two to four fields within the humanities and social sciences; maintain a familiarity with the most advanced content within those fields, and with the individuals who are doing advanced work within them; encourage, negotiate, and work with scholars all over the world (ranging from entry-level scholars to world experts), in turning their work into publishable book form; coordinate the peer assessment of the work as submitted by various scholars; identify and secure the appropriate experts in the field to perform the peer review in order to ensure fairness and accurate assessment. Confidentiality on the source and nature of the feedback is essential; in some cases make applications for funding to enable publication; represent the Press at several events annually, ranging from the annual Congress of Learned Societies, to acquiring manuscripts at various university departments in Canada.


A bachelor of arts degree, preferably in the humanities or social sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of 3 years experience as an Acquiring Editor is preferable.


Interpersonal skills, particularly tact and diplomacy in dealing with scholars on revisions to their work; ability to maintain strict confidentiality, particularly with respect to feedback received during peer review; excellent writing skills; strong attention to detail; strong organizational skills to see the work through to completion of publication.


1. By email to Queen’s University HR

2. Include the Competition Number 00500640 and Job Title of Editor in the subject line of your email.

3. Attach your cover letter and résumé as one document.

4. Name the document with your own name (last name, first name). The document must be in Microsoft Word, PDF or Rich Text format.

5. Submit your email with attachment to before midnight February 22nd, the closing date of the competition.

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