Society for Music Analysis

Editor of Music Analysis

Call of Expressions of Interest


The Society for Music Analysis seeks to appoint to the post of Editor of its journal Music Analysis. Music Analysis is one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed publications in the fields of music theory and analysis. It welcomes contributions on a wide diversity of topics, including all aspects of music theory, analyses of individual works, and repertoire that spans art music across its history, popular music and world music. Three issues are published annually. The successful candidate will work closely with the editorial team, which includes the Assistant Editor, the Critical Forum Editor and the copy editor, and also with the Chair of the Board of the journal, the President of the Society for Music Analysis and its trustees.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Professor Julian Horton at Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Dr Rebecca Thumpston at The closing date for receipt of applications is 22nd May 2019.

Job Description

The Editor has overall responsibility for the journal. Key responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Defining and steering the journal’s strategic direction and development.
  • Overseeing the peer review of submissions.
  • Coordinating the editorial process, including. This includes:
    • editing the texts of submissions accepted for publication;
    • communicating with authors before, during and after editing their work;
    • working with the Assistant Editor, Critical Forum Editor, copy editor and typesetters;
    • responding to general enquiries about prospective submissions.
  • Liaising with the publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, during the publication process.
  • Working with the publisher’s representative on any strategic issues.
  • Attending the meetings of the Editorial Board, and reporting to the Board of the journal on an annual basis.
  • Working with the trustees of the SMA on any strategic matters concerning the relationship between the journal and the Society.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements

The successful candidate will be a mid-career or later-career academic, who possesses:

  • An established research profile in the areas of music theory and analysis.
  • Sustained experience of editorial work at the highest level.
  • Excellent knowledge of all aspects of editorial practices in the discipline.
  • Excellent knowledge of the disciplinary environment, including a thorough familiarity with current theories and research methods across the discipline.
  • Proven ability to work with an editorial team.
  • Proven ability to work with an academic publisher.
  • Excellent knowledge of the academic publishing environment.
  • Proven familiarity with the discipline’s context in British academia and in the international environment.