10 September 2018
Strife is a dual-format publication founded in 2012 by PhD students and researchers from the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Comprised of an academic Blog and a peer-reviewed Journal, it is run by postgraduate students and doctoral researchers from the School of Security Studies.
From its debut in 2012, Strife has grown from 5,000 to 870.000 annual views, with over 2.1 million unique pageviews and an audience that spans all the inhabited continents. As shown in our recent Readers Survey (results to be published soon), included among our steady viewers are academics, practitioners, and students, along with research institutions, journalists, and citizens interested in knowing more about war and security.
Strife’s thematic focus is ‘conflict’, in all its shapes, forms, and senses. We combine political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to this phenomenon through blog and journal articles, as well as unique formats like photo essays, book, film, and art reviews. We aim to provide thought-provoking, unique perspectives on all aspects of conflict, from the cultural to the practically applied.
From September 17th, we will be looking for outstanding individuals willing to join the Editorial Team for the next academic year (October 2018 – September 2019).
For the first time, we are opening applications to candidates from external universities. As we are based in King’s College London, the majority of the members of the board will be currently registered for a program of study or engaged in research at King’s. However, we are looking forward to accepting a selected number of outstanding external applications, wherever they come from. The following job descriptions indicate which positions are restricted, for reasons of convenience, to students and PhD candidates based at King’s.
The positions available include:
- Managing Editor – Blog (MA or PhD applicants)
The Managing Editor – Blog is responsible for the Blog’s overall maintenance and activity, aiming at providing a steady stream of content while ensuring a smooth editing and publication process. Along with the EiC, the Managing Editor – Journal, and the Communications Manager, (s)he is responsible for formulating, reviewing, and amending Strife policy as part of the Managing Board. This role is restricted to current King’s students.
- Communications Manager (3rd year BA, MA, PhD applicants)
The Communications Manager will be responsible for maintaining and expanding Strife’s social media and web presence. Duties will include promoting new Blog entries, the latest Journal issue, and Strife events, as well as curating the monthly newsletter and expanding further Strife’s audience. Along with the EiC, the Managing Editor – Journal, and the Managing Editor – Blog, (s)he is responsible for formulating, reviewing, and amending Strife policy as part of the Managing Board, of which (s)he is secretary.
The Communications Manager will ideally be a Graduate-level student, though we may accept outstanding third year undergraduates for this role. This role is restricted to current King’s students.
- Coordinating Editor – Journal (PhD applicants only)
The Coordinating Editor – Journal will work directly with the Managing Editor – Journal to prepare and deliver the publishing of Strife Journal’s winter and summer issues. He or she will take point in coordinating the editorial and proof-reading process of journal submissions, and will act as liaison between the authors, Senior Editors and the Managing Board of Strife.
- Senior Editor – Journal & Blog (PhD applicants only, including )
The Senior Editors form the backbone of Strife’s operations, providing excellent editorial support for authors, as well as assisting in the smooth day-to-day running of Strife. Individuals will only be considered for the position of Senior Editor if they have reached the level of PhD studies or above. The SE designation serves to provide recognition of this level of service and dedication to Strife.
Senior Editors will also help in editing blog entries and will be required to contribute with one blog post per term.
- Series Editors – Blog (MA or PhD applicants)
Series Editors will be responsible for the publication of a singular subject-themed series of four articles to be featured on Strife Blog. This would also figure an introduction of no more than 500 words written by the Series Editor.
Notice that, at the moment of application, candidates to this position are not required to have a final, precise idea about the Series topic yet. Rather, candidates should aim at specifying the skills that they can bring to the Board.
Series Editors will also help in editing blog entries.
- External Rep (MA or PhD applicants)
The External Rep is a student from an external university that takes charge of liaising between students in their home university and Strife. This will include encouraging new writers to contribute to Strife, as well as promoting Strife amongst the graduate population and expanding its audience and contributors base. There is only one External Rep for each external university represented on the Strife Editorial Board.
The External Rep will also assist in editing blog entries and will be required to contribute with one blog post per term. In case the Rep’s distance from London is considerable, the Rep is exempt from regularly attending Editorial Board meetings.
- Editor – MA Representative (MA applicants)
The MA Rep takes charge of liaising between Masters-level students and Strife. This will include encouraging new writers to contribute to Strife, as well as promoting Strife amongst the graduate population, expanding its audience and contributors base.
The MA Rep will also assist in editing blog entries and will be required to contribute with one blog post per term. This role is restricted to current King’s students.
- Editor – BA Representative (BA applicants)
The Editor – BA Rep will take charge of liaising between Strife and the undergraduate community at King’s. He or she will be responsible for filtering any undergraduate submissions in accordance with relevant Strife guidelines. The BA Rep will also promote Strife, encouraging new writers to contribute to Strife and expanding Strife’s audience.
The BA Rep will also assist in editing blog entries. This role is restricted to current King’s students.
Becoming part of Strife, a vibrant and influential publication, represents a unique opportunity, boosting your professional profile, putting you in direct contact with experts in the field, and helping accumulate valuable editorial and writing experience.
To apply please send your CV and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please state ‘Editorial Board application’ and specify the position you are applying for.
Applications open on Monday, September 17th and close on Sunday, October 7th.
Additionally, we are continuously seeking new contributors. This is a great opportunity to be published as well as to have your work reviewed by experts in a friendly and constructive environment. Our contributors have persistently appreciated our feedback. Submission guidelines can be found on the Submissions page.
We look forward to getting you involved with Strife.