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Queen's University

Description of Editorial Positions

Senior Editors

The Journal has eight Senior Editor positions:


The Editor-in-Chief has overall responsibility for the production of the Journal. The Editor-in-Chief works closely with the other Senior Editors in their respective areas and is responsible for setting schedules and deadlines, establishing and maintaining the Journal's editorial policies, and chairing meetings of the senior board. 

Articles Editor

The Articles Editor is responsible for the quality of the editorial work done by the Journal's editors. The Articles Editor reviews all the papers at the start of the term, and then assists each editorial team in developing an editing strategy. Once each team has completed its substantive editing, the Articles Editor reviews their work. He or she also conducts a training session on substantive editing at the beginning of the year. 

Production Editor

The Production Editor is responsible for all technical aspects of the Journal's operations. This includes formatting the articles, and designing the Journal's cover, masthead and lead pages. The Production Editor is also responsible for soliciting, editing and cite-checking all book reviews. He or she also trains volunteers and editors in various aspects of the technical production of the Journal.

Submissions Editor(s)

The Submissions Editor is responsible for the timely and thorough assessment of all submissions. The Submissions Editor has each submission internally reviewed by at least two student editors and, with the assistance of the Faculty Advisor, finds appropriate external referees and assists with deciding whether to accept the paper. The Submissions Editor is also responsible for teaching incoming members of the editorial board how to conduct internal reviews.

Planning & Solicitation Editor

The Planning & Solicitation Editor is responsible for planning future issues of the Journal. This includes sending out calls for papers, soliciting articles and maintaining communication with potential contributors. The Planning & Solicitation Editor also teaches incoming members of the editorial board how to prepare their planning proposals.

Managing Editor (Volunteers)

The Managing Editor (Volunteers) is responsible for overseeing the volunteer program, which includes reviewing applications by students who wish to volunteer with the journal, assigning volunteers to editorial teams, and acting as a liaison between volunteers and editorial board.

Managing Editor (Business)

The Managing Editor (Business) is responsible for communicating with the advertising agency, maintaining the Journal's accounts, and managing the distribution of each issue.

Style Guide Editor

The Style Guide Editor is responsible for planning, editing and producing the Canadian Guide to Legal Style. This includes communicating with all interested stakeholders, such as the publisher, faculty members and external commenters, on Style Guide matters. The Style Guide Editor is also responsible for researching and drafting new content for future editions of the Canadian Guide to Legal Style.

All Senior Editors are required to provide reports relevant to their respective duties at each senior board meeting. All returning Senior Editors must also participate in the training of Associate Editors and volunteers. Further, Senior Editors are required to perform the duties of their respective positions in addition to all of the editorial responsibilities of an Associate Editor outlined below. All Senior Editors must devote at least half of their time to "hands-on" editing and production work.

Associate Editors

The Journal has approximately eight to ten Associate Editors. Associate Editors are responsible for the following

  1. Editing and Production: Each Editor is required to participate, as a member of an editorial team, in the substantive and mechanical editing of one manuscript each term. Editors are also required to input their editorial changes to the electronic copies of the papers assigned to them.
  2. Internal Reviews: Each Editor is required to write internal reviews of manuscripts that have been submitted for publication, normally one in each term.

Summer Editor

The Journal employs one Summer Editor to work during the summer months. The Summer Editor is paid an hourly rate and is responsible for mailing the spring issue of the Journal, receiving all submissions that arrive in the spring and summer and, with the assistance of the Faculty Advisor, selecting the articles for the fall issue of the Journal.

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