Get Involved

The Graduate Journal of Food Studies (GJFS) welcomes students who may be interested in working with the Journal outside of contributing an article. As GJFS is often the first point of contact for many graduate students, working with us would be a great opportunity to gain relevant professional experience before participating in other spheres of scholarly publishing. Please note that, at this time, all positions are on an unpaid/volunteer basis. 

There are a number of ways that students can get involved with the GJFS:

Apply to Serve as a Co-Editor 

Our editorial board switched to a flattened structure in June 2020, favoring distributed leadership over titles and hierarchy. With this shift came the collective commitment to share decisions and responsibilities: co-editors are asked to work with prospective authors based on their area of expertise, and, alongside these editorial tasks, each co-editor is asked to oversee one aspect of organizational management year-round (e.g. monitoring inboxes, social media, copyediting). While most of our operations take place asynchronously, we meet three times a year to discuss in-progress articles, ideate future directions, and see smiling faces. We are pleased that our current editorial board is made up of an international editorship, and we hope to continue involving perspectives outside of the North American context especially as our commitments to publishing and pedagogy intend to serve the greater community of early-career food scholars. With this in mind, we are actively seeking: 

  • Three co-editors to start their onboarding over spring 2023.
  • Commitment: Minimum one year 
  • How to Apply: please send the following documents as attachments to gjfseditor [at] gmail [dot] com by February 28, 2023:
  1. A statement of intent expressing your interest in collaborating as a co-editor. Please be sure to note your research areas, relevant skill sets, and tentative timeline of your graduate career.
  2. CV
  3. Please provide a writing sample that showcases your writing ability. This could include: an essay written for class, a published paper, an excerpt from an op-ed, editorial, or creative piece, an abstract, or book review—anything that showcases your writing ability as it pertains to food. 
  4. Candidates will be interviewed by members of the current editorial board in late March to early April.
  • Desired skill set (but not required): copy editing, knowledge of GoogleSuite, Trello, WordPress, Chicago Manual of Style, and social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Sign Up to be a Book Reviewer

Book reviews are part of how we stay abreast of the latest research in our field. They are often one of the first forays into publishing for graduate students as they rely solely on your analytical skills and paraphrasing instead of original research data. Often, it is through critically examining other authors’ arguments that one comes to better understand their own ideas; so, serving as a book reviewer can equip graduate students in their initial stages with confidence having surveyed the existing literature. We can suggest texts for review ourselves, or better yet, we welcome student suggestions should you already have something in mind. Please note that we extend our ‘book reviews’ to non-textual media such as films, podcasts, art exhibits/installations, conferences, events, and more.

We seek book reviewers on an ongoing basis. If you would like to further discuss options, please follow up with us at GJFSreviews [at] gmail [dot] com.

Sign Up to be a Peer Reviewer

All of our research articles go through rigorous peer review with feedback provided by early career researchers such as yourselves. Often, it is through giving constructive feedback to others that one comes to better understand the revisions process; so, the benefits of serving as a peer reviewer fall upon not just the author.

We seek peer reviewers on an ongoing basis. If you have not received a confirmation email from us in one month’s time, please follow up with us at gjfseditor [at] gmail [dot] com.