Editorial Internship in Academic Publishing Online

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

Starting date: Monday 18 November 2019 for 12 months

£3752.25 per annum or £4252.25 per annum (with London Weighting) [approximate equivalence to £22.33 / £25.30  per hour, worked out as 3.5 hours per week over 48 weeks]
The electronic, open-access journal, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century is seeking a postgraduate editorial intern in Academic Publishing Online. You will gain editorial, organizational and technical experience under the supervision of the General Editor, Dr Carolyn Burdett, and with the guidance of the Editorial Board and the journal’s publisher, the Open Library of Humanities (OLH).

Having established itself as an innovative electronic journal in 2005, amongst the earliest titles in the area of nineteenth-century studies and fully peer-reviewed and free to view, 19 is now part of the open-access world it helped to create: it has professional typesetting and production, digital preservation, permanent identifiers, and a sustainable publisher in the OLH.

Interns have always been, and remain, integral to the journal’s developing strategies to retain quality and distinction in a rapidly changing academic publishing field. The post provides a vital service for the journal; it also provides highly enjoyable and challenging doctoral training provision, equipping humanities graduates with vital transferable skills and experience within the important industry context of academic publishing.

The internship will build skill and expertise in submitting and achieving publication of research material; editing special issues; developing publication projects in association with conferences and seminars; networking; presentation skills; and communication skills. It will equip you with real-world publishing training experience in an open-access environment.

Interns gain detailed knowledge of the entire process of article submission and peer review. They are trained by an incumbent intern and, in turn, train the next post-holder thus consolidating knowledge and communicating it effectively and in ‘real work’ environments.

The post is for 12 months part-time equivalent to a part-time placement of 3 months (FTE)). Most of the work involved can take place wherever there is access to a computer. Each term there will be a team meeting held at Birkbeck, University of London (travel funding will be available).

Hours are necessarily flexible because of the nature of journal publication and work patterns will be agreed with the General Editor. However, the ‘norm’ is 3.5 hours per week, worked over a 48 week year.

£3752.25 per annum
£4252.25 per annum (with London Weighting)

NB Qualification for London Weighting requires registration at a London based institution)


We invite applications from students with research interests in the nineteenth century. 

Selection Criteria


  • Excellent literacy skills 

  • Organizational and clerical skills

  • Independence and initiative

  • Research interests in Nineteenth-Century Studies

Desirable but NOT essential

  • Web authoring and design skills

  • Experience in electronic publishing

  • Editing experience

  • Organization of research activities such as Reading Groups, Seminars or Conferences


Please include in your application a letter, outlining your reasons for applying for the post, and CV, together with the name of your supervisor, from whom we will require a reference, by Thursday 24 October 2019. Send to Dr Carolyn Burdett c.burdett@bbk.ac.uk  to whom queries can also be addressed

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly after the closing date.

Start date: Monday 18 November 2019