The following descriptions of roles are uploaded for the purpose of 2020/2021 Millennium editorial team election, to provide clarity to potential candidates and the editorial board.
- Elections are held every year in October/November for a team of three Editors based on a presentation of a proposed conference topic, and prior experience with IR, Millennium, and journal editing and publishing.
- An election will also be held for three individual Deputy Editors, to assist the Editors in the operation of Millennium.
- All candidates should be LSE PhD students from related subjects and should announce their candidacy at least one week prior to election date. Unfortunately, MSc students are typically barred from running for an Editorial Team position because their terms end in late August. Hence, when October rolls around, it is detrimental to the journal if portions of the Editorial Team have left the LSE because their degrees have ended. However, in the case that not enough PhD students have come forth for a position, an MSc student may run for Editor of Deputy Editor.
- All Editorial Board members who have attended at least three times may vote in the November Election for the incoming editorial team.
- All candidates for all positions must deliver a short introduction, detailing their experience, suitability for their desired role, and their understanding and vision of Millennium’s mandate. The EB may then ask candidates questions.
- The Editors are responsible for the daily and overall operation of Millennium.
- The Editors read all incoming manuscripts, and discuss and decide which ones are sent for peer-review, and subsequently, to the Editorial Board for evaluation.
- A team of (typically three) Editors will be elected annually by the Editorial Board, to serve a term of one year. Elections traditionally occur at the end of October or the beginning of November, and editors then oversee the publication of Millennium for one volume.
- Editors liaise regularly with Deputy Editors to review their work and discuss any pending issues.
- Editors oversee any short-term projects and recruit voluntary and paid staff if needed, in consultation with the business manager and the Board of Trustees.
- Editors oversee the organisation of the Annual Conference, including proposing a theme, inviting keynote speakers and roundtablists, hiring the conference organising team, deciding on the conference abstract submissions, etc.
- Editors represent Millennium at conferences, notably the annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention.
- Every new school year at the beginning of Michaelmas Term, Editors publicise and organise the election of the new editorial team and other elected positions.
- It is the outgoing Editors’ responsibility to leave the house in good shape, which include keeping files in an orderly and accessible fashion, and documenting processes as detailed as possible.
- Three (3) Deputy Editors (DEs) will be elected annually in November to serve for 12 months.
- The Deputy Editors are responsible for finding peer reviewers for submitted manuscripts; for ensuring (with the help of the Editors if necessary) that all submissions are anonymised; managing correspondence with peer reviewers; and attending each Editorial Board meeting with comments to stimulate and encourage discussion amongst the EB members on each week’s manuscript.
- The DEs play an important role in ensuring Millennium’s manuscripts stay on track.
- The DEs also provide general assistance to the Editors, within reason. Helping out at events, helping prepare for EB meetings by picking up supplies, and assisting with journal operations.
- The DEs are part of the editorial team and have full access to the Millennium office space. They also receive free access to the annual conference and have traditionally chaired a panel related to their research interests.
- Associate Editors (AEs) are the three editors of the previous volume. They maintain this role until the team following them publishes their conference issue.
- Associate Editors offer training and mentorship for the current editorial team. They will continue to serve as Editors for their volume until their third issue (the special conference issue) has been published. This means that there is some overlap between two editorial teams.
- Associate Editors are represented on the Board of Trustees by one (1) Associate Editor that is nominated by the EB at end of the editorial election meeting.
- Associate Editors also staff the ISA booth for Millennium.
- Associate Editors offer advice and guidance to the Editors, when it is requested.
Editorial Board (EB)
- A collection of LSE (and since 2020, UoL) PhD and MSc students who meet on a weekly basis during term time to advise the Editorial Team on manuscript submissions. The EB operates as a crucial body within Millennium’s structure, offering insightful comments and concerns to the Editors that will be relayed back to authors. At each meeting, the EB votes on what should be done with the manuscript.
- The traditional meeting time for the EB is Thursdays, at 1 to 2 pm.
- To become an official EB member with the right to vote on manuscripts and in the editor election, as well as be listed on the inside-cover of each volume’s published issues, a student must attend at least three board meetings, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and to the editing of Millennium.
- The EB has the crucial role of electing Editors and Deputy Editors every November.
- EB members can roll-on to following years and are eligible to attend meetings, vote on manuscripts and in elections, and even run for election in the future, if they so choose.