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Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: Chief Editor Vacancy

Updated: Aug 29, 2023


Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (SHAD) seeks a new chief editor to join Dr. James Kneale (editor), Dr. David Beckingham and Dr. Holly Karibo (reviews editors). The new chief editor will succeed Dr. Dan Malleck, who will stand down in 2017.

Social History of Alcohol and Drugs is a leading international journal and covers all social and cultural aspects of substance history. The journal is published twice a year on behalf of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.

This is an exciting time for the journal as we are currently in discussion with a new academic publisher. The new chief editor will oversee the move to more modern publication practices, including an online peer-review system and possible partnership with ProjectMUSE.

We are looking for an experienced scholar in the field who will ensure editorial cohesion and the delegation of tasks to other editors. Editorial experience is desirable. There will also be an opportunity to re-shape the editorial board. Expertise in areas of alcohol or drug history is essential and all time-periods will be considered.

Applicants are asked to send a C.V. and statement of interest to the current President of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Dr Tim Hickman, Lancaster Universrity (email: by 1 November 2017.

The application should provide a brief statement of why the candidate is attracted to the post, an outline of what they would contribute to SHAD, and a synopsis of their relevant experience (1000 word maximum).

Further details about the journal and the Alcohol and Drugs History Society can be found at

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