Applications are invited for the position of Editor of South African Music Studies (SAMUS)


Applications are invited for the position of Editor of South African Music Studies (SAMUS).

SAMUS is the journal of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM). It is an accredited journal that publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, interviews and reports on South African and other musics, as well as reviews. The new editor will begin a 3-year term of service on 1 December 2020 concluding in December 2023. The new editor will share full responsibility for the manuscript review and selection process, and work with the Publications Committee of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) executive committee to ensure the journal is distributed to members and subscribers.


  1. The applicant must be a member of the South African Society for Research in Music at the time of the initial application and retain membership throughout their term of service. Previous participation at SASRIM conferences, seminars, etc., is desirable.
  2. The applicant must be an experienced music researcher who has a national and international reputation as a scholar, as evidenced by academic training and by an outstanding and continuing record of high-quality scholarly publications in refereed journals.
  3. As the primary language of this publication is currently English, the applicant must be able to read, write, and review scholarly articles in English. The candidate should have regular access to, and facility with, on-line communication and editorial tools.
  4. The applicant must assure the selection committee that he or she is willing and able to volunteer the necessary time to carry out the duties as Editor (averaging at times up to 5- 7 hours per week).
  5. The applicant must assure the Executive Committee that his/her employing institution will support the applicant’s tenure as Editor. Alternatively, the applicant must guarantee that he/she is able to undertake this in his/her own time outside of his/her regular employment.

Application Process

The applicant must provide the following documentation in support of his/her application:

  1. a curriculum vitae, to include only
    1. academic qualifications
    2.  employment history
    3. publications
    4. teaching awards or recognition
    5. editing, reviewing and thesis/dissertation supervisory experiences
    6. presentations at national and international meetings
    7. offices held in the profession
    8. SASRIM activities
    9. any other information that might be helpful in establishing the applicant’s qualifications for Editor 
  1. A cover letter, signed by the applicant, assuring the selection committee of his/her willingness to be responsive to the position, in terms of both duties and time.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. In addition to scholarly qualifications, referees should be asked to address the applicant’s ability to interact and communicate positively, clearly, and professionally. 

All items must be submitted via e-mail (Word documents preferred for the cv, but PDF or RTF files will be accepted) to using “Editor Application” as the e-mail subject no later than 30 June 2020.

Position Description

The person appointed as Editor will be expected to provide the leadership and vision needed to further develop SAMUS in the rapidly changing academic and commercial arena. The Editor will work to:

  • Provide editorial leadershipparticularly in terms of enhancing the quality and range of materials published in the journal, thereby making the journal attractive to and interesting for readers/subscribers.
  • Ensure that the journal is developing and reflecting changes in the discipline.
  • Encourage new submissions, including those from under-represented voices.
  • Effectively manage the Editorial Board: oversee the refereeing process, draw upon the board for advice and guidance.
  • Liaise effectively and efficiently with authors.
Scroll to Top