Governance Structure

Editorial Collective 

In line with our commitment to the development of an innovative, dynamic and sustainable model for open-access academic publishing, the journal will be edited by an institutional collective rather than a single individual. This will optimise the huge range of expertise, energy and enthusiasm the co-editor’s have in this area, reduce the administrative burden on any one individual, ensure continuity in case of members of the collective taking extended leave or taking up employment elsewhere (thus enabling people to take parental or sick leave and return to their editorial position), and distribute editorial control to safeguard our publishing ethics policies.  

Members of the editorial collective will be responsible for the overall direction and management of the project, take a hands-on editorial role for a proportion of article submissions, contribute reviews, attend monthly editorial meetings, and promote the journal through their academic networks.  

Section Editors 

Journal sections, which currently comprise Position pieces, Reviews, Field Notes, and Photo Essays are edited by academics appointed by the Editorial Collective. Current section editors are listed on our editorial team page.

Editorial Administration 

The managing academic editor, a role that rotates between Collective members, will ensure there is a single point of contact for urgent issues, staffing and communications. An Assistant Editor manages the day to day administration related to the journal and is the first point of contact for all queries. A staff copy-editor provides copyediting services to the journal and liaises with authors to ensure clarity and consistency of writing across the journal. 

International Advisory Board 

A newly appointed International Advisory Board (IAB) will guide the journal editors during a transition period as we establish a new identity, vision and goals for the journal at Edinburgh. The new board will have an initial two-year term, while we work towards the realisation of new journal policies and the development of a sustainable business plan for the journal. We are especially keen to appoint IAB members with prior experience in open-access publishing and/or academics employed at institutions in the Global South. Members will advise the editors and editorial staff on all matters relating to the journal’s aims, ethos and scope, including the contribution of new ideas, critical perspectives on the place of MAT in a changing open-access publishing landscape, and assistance with troubleshooting and challenges that arise. Specifically, they will commit to provide input to and advise on proposed MAT policies, protocols and business models; participate in periodic consultations, attend the annual virtual board meeting and provide feedback on the annual report and strategic plans; contribute to promotional campaigns and raise the profile of the journal through their academic networks; assist with identifying reviewers and commit to contributing two article reviews per annum.