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SLOVO Journal


The blog of the postgraduate journal at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies


Who runs Slovo?

By serian.carlyle.14, on 9 September 2021

Slovo is an interdisciplinary academic journal of Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian affairs. The journal is published online twice a year, and it is edited and managed by postgraduate students at UCL. Every year, a new editorial team is selected. The team is made up of diferent roles, all of whom do different things for the journal.

Apply for the 2021/2022 Editorial Team

We are currently hiring and we’d love for you to apply. Applications are due by midnight UK time on the 10th October. You can apply through the Google Form here.

Applications will be judged on their enthusiasm for Slovo, understanding of the role, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and relevant experience. You are not expected to have any experience of publishing, but we will look for relevant skills and enthusiasm.

All roles are voluntary and managed around your studies, so you need to be able to manage your time well. You will have regular meetings and tasks, but also work can be quite sporadic, depending on when contributors submit their work. That can be difficult to manage, so enthusiasm for the project is key!

We have explained a little about each of the roles below, so you can have a think about what skills you might be able to bring to the role.

Why work for us?

Working for Slovo has a number of benefits! It is obviously great experience for anyone interested in a career in academia or publishing, as you will get to understand the ins and outs of peer-reviewed publications. However, it also helps you develop a range of transferable skills for jobs in a number of other fields: project management, organisation, providing feedback, editing, event planning, time management… you get the idea!

It’s also fun! You get to read some fantastic and original research and work closely with academics doing exciting things. We also encourage you to come with your ideas for new projects for Slovo to run – the journal is what you make of it. There is a lot of freedom to develop your own ideas and projects.

If you’d like more information about us, have a look at our website. If you have any further questions, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Serian Carlyle at tjmsslv@live.ucl.ac.uk or send us a message on Twitter or Facebook. We will also be discussing what it’s like to work for Slovo during our online launch event with SSEES at 6pm on the 5th October – apply through the SSEES website event page.

So who makes up the Editorial Team?

Editor-in-chief: responsible for leading the editorial team and overall direction and management of the journal. This is a time-intensive role as you will need to project manage the publication of both issues and the team’s work. You have to be able to juggle multiple projects. You need good planning and organisational skills. This role is great experience for someone who wants to really understand the various aspects of academic publishing, build their management skills, and take the journal forward.

Managing editor: works with the editorial teams to meet deadlines, and cultivates relationships with SSEES, UCL and international peer reviewers. They assist the editor-in-chief as required. This is a great role for someone who wants to get experience of every aspect of publishing, as you are likely to help everyone. You need good people-skills and be able to jump between different projects. You will need lots of enthusiasm and ideas for the journal.

Online editor/public relations: plans and executes special events, publicises the journal, liaises with UCL Press and is responsible for the posting of the journal on websites and social media. You don’t need to understand WordPress, but it will help. This is a very regular role as you are responsible for ensuring that there is always content on the different media platforms. Experience of social media and writing is much more useful in this role than any other. If you like communications and events, this is a great role for you.

Book editor: works with publishers, the SSEES library and others to garner book reviews about SSEES-area topics in the last two years. You will come up with suggestions for potential contributors. You need to have good editing skills as you will provide feedback on the reviews submitted. This is a great opportunity to build your skills related to providing feedback, critcism, and marking. An interest in academic publishing and literature will make it a lot easier!

Film editor: very similar to the book editor, but for film reviews! You will need the skills listed above, and a real interest in contemporary cinema. This could be a great role for someone looking to work in cultural industries. You could run events or film screenings.

General editors: works with editorial team leadership and authors to prepare copy for publishing in Slovo. You will work very closely with the authors, so you need good people skills and the ability to give good constructive criticism. You have to be excited about research in a range of topics: you will be reading quitre a bit of it!

Copyeditors and typesetters: Maybe you’re not sure you have capacity for a regular role, but you’d still like to learn more about the journal and help out. This is the role for you! Copy-editors and typesetters won’t have to come to regular meetings, but they’ll read articles just before publication to check for any typos or spelling errors, and then format them. It’s a small bit of volunteering with little commitment, but really interesting!

Who did it this year?

We’re very grateful to everyone who has been working for us for the 2020/2021 academic year – they’ve all done a fantastic job. We’re very excited to see what they go on to do next and welcome the new team!

Online Editor: Our online editor is Pippa Crawford. Pippa has recently completed her BA in Russian Studies at UCL SSEES and is now returning to study for her MA in Political Analysis. (Russia & Eastern Europe). She has written for Pushkin House, and Lossi 36.

Managing Editor: Our Managing Editor is Claudia Griffiths. She is studying for an MA in Russian and East European Literature and Culture whilst also working in academic publishing. Her research interests include 19th-century Russian fiction, narrative theory, and gender studies. She also works in publishing as a Production Assistant for eLife Sciences Publications Ltd.

Film Editor: Jordan Meggs is our Film Editor this year and has been studying for an MA in Political Analysis (Russia and Eastern Europe). He was previously based in Beijing, and his research interests include China’s domestic politics, China-Russia relations, and how both countries are using emerging technologies. 

Book Editor: Mira Nichani, our Book Editor, is studying for a double degree (IMESS) between UCL and HSE Moscow and is in her first year on the Politics and International Economy track. In her free time she studies Arts and Politics at the arts school of Gothenburg University. She is moving to Moscow for her second year very soon!

General Editor: Anna Sneidermane studies an MA in Political Analysis (Russia and Eastern Europe). Anna’s BA from King’s College London is in War Studies and History. Her main areas of interest are NATO-Russia and Baltic-Russian relations and corruption in the post-Soviet region. She is starting a new role with Argus Media as a Trainee Reporter.

Editor-in-Chief:  Our Editor-in-Chief this year is Serian Carlyle. Her PhD explores the depiction of family themes at the Gorky Film Studio, and is funded by the Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. Prior to her return to SSEES, she was working for the TB Europe Coalition. She did her MPhil at Cambridge.

You can read their last issue here.

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