Call for editors!

TRACE Journal for Human-Animal Studies seeks editors and an editorial secretary

TRACE Journal for Human-Animal Studies is peer-reviewed, fully open access online journal that provides a forum for research and discussion of human-animal relations from social and cultural perspectives. The journal publishes original research articles, lectiones praecursoriae, and conference reports, as well as reviews on books, art exhibitions, films, and other media. Trace accepts submissions in English, Finnish, and Swedish.

Human-animal studies is a broad and multidisciplinary field of research that includes a diversity of topics, such as the social, cultural and material construction of beliefs, values, and attitudes relating to animals; the ethics and politics of animal issues; animal welfare legislation and governance; approaches to the agency of animals; philosophical issues in the epistemology and ontology of human-animal relations; as well as a variety of other theoretical and practical questions concerning human-animal relations.

Trace is published by the Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies, a member organization of The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. The editorial team of Trace includes editor-in-chief and an editorial secretary, and a small group of editors starting from October 2019.

Trace seeks three editors. At least one of the candidates should have good skills in Swedish. The work includes active participation in the editing process of the journal, comprising of preliminary evaluation of submissions, text editing, and proofreading. Editors will also participate in the development of the journal and the occasional meetings via skype and face to face. The term of the editorial team is two years. The position does not involve a salary or fee. What we offer is a valuable experience in editing a quality journal, a chance to develop one’s skills and scientific profile, and the possibility to participate in the current development of human-animal studies as a blooming field of research.

What we expect from the applicants:

  • Experience in research (PhD student or Postdoc)
  • Enthusiasm for scientific editing (previous experience is a plus)
  • Interest in human-animal studies and preferably some knowledge of the field
  • Good skills in English. Skills in Swedish and Finnish benefit the applicant.

You can ask further information from the editor-in-chief Otto Latva ( Send an informal application and your CV to Otto Latva before October 15.

The journal also seeks an editorial secretary. Please see the announcement in Finnish for details (proficiency in Finnish required):