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RSJ Book Prize Nominations

(Posted 9 December 2021)

The Royal Studies Journal (RSJ) has opened its nominations for the Biennial Book Prize for best book in the field of royal studies published between 1 January 2019 - 1 March 2o22. The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2o22


For more information about the prize or to submit nominations, please visit the RSJ website, found here

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Two open positions with the Royal Studies Journal

(Posted 6 May 2021)


The Royal Studies Journalis looking to fill two key positions within the production team: 1) Production Lead and 2) Chief Copyeditor. Information pertaining to the post can be found below. 

The Journal

The Royal Studies Journal (RSJ) has developed as an offshoot of the successful Kings & Queens conference series and the Royal Studies Network. While both RSN and the conference series have drawn attention to the developing and thriving interdisciplinary field of royal studies, to date there has not been a dedicated publishing outlet for research in this area. The Royal Studies Journal aims to fill this gap and provide a venue for academic research from all disciplines, areas and periods across the field. The RSJ was founded in 2013 by a group of international researchers and postgraduate students with the support of the University of Winchester. It was decided that the publication should be multi-language, online only and fully open-access with no charges for either readers or contributors in order to make the research as accessible as possible.


The Royal Studies Journal is an online and fully open access publication which adheres to the highest standards of academic double-blind peer-review. It provides a truly international and inter-disciplinary forum for scholars whose research is connected to monarchy in any aspect, period or geographical setting.


RSJ publishes two issues annually and provides immediate open access to its contents; based on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Open Positions

All queries about the position and formal expressions of interest should be directed the Editor-in-Chief, Ellie Woodacre ( Expressions of interest should include a CV outlining any relevant experience—the deadline for applying for the position is 31 May 2021. The successful candidate will shadow the current postholder throughout the production cycle for the December issue, ready to take over fully at the end of this year.

Production Lead: 

The Production Lead works closely with the Editor-in-Chief and all of the production editors (Chief Copyeditor, Layout Editors and Proofreading editor) to oversee the production of each issue, ensuring that pieces move smoothly between the three stages of production as smoothly as possible, and that the metadata for each issue is populated.


As the Royal Studies Journal publishes twice yearly in June and December, the Production Lead will be working throughout the year to monitor the publication of both issues, keeping an eye out both for any delays or issues as well as on upcoming content. The Production Lead plays a critical role liaising both with the production editors and with the Editor-in-Chief to keep production moving smoothly and to constantly improve our processes. 

The full description of the post, including responsibilities and criteria, can be found by clicking on the button below.



Chief Copyeditor: 

The Chief Copyeditor oversees the copyediting stage of production, and confirms that all pieces conform to the journal’s style. The Chief Copyeditor checks consistency across all journal content, ensuring the high quality of published content. Experience in copyediting would be desirable for this position.

As the Royal Studies Journal publishes twice yearly in June and December, there is a fairly constant stream of material through copyediting. However, there are normally surges of activity in the early stages in the production cycle when copyediting is the primary focus and quieter periods when the focus of production moves to layout and proofreading. Thus, the time commitment will vary over the course of the cycle and year. 

The full description of the post, including responsibilities and criteria, can be found by clicking on the button below.

A New Year, A New Look, A New Chapter...

The Royal Studies Network (RSN) is proud to present a fresh look with our new logo (in two finishes)! For the past 8 years, the network has emerged as a leading, global resource for studies related to monarchical and princely power, dynastic cultures, and all research related to royal topics. 2019 saw the successful launch of new initiatives including the RSN historiography database, an updated and engaging website with an active information page, and quarterly newsletters archive. Additionally, the RSN achieved a significant milestone as we reached 500 active members! 

Therefore, to celebrate RSN’s achievements over the past 8 years and to mark 2020 as the next chapter of RSN’s growth and transformation, we are introducing two initiatives. The first is the reveal of the new logo and RSN’s revamped look. The second project will be a series of features that will be posted on our website, over the course of the year, to highlight the scholarly publications and ventures that have emerged from RSN’s research network. To do this, we will be asking our members to share their stories and tell us about projects that have been inspired by or developed from the collaborative, interdisciplinary, and active community of the Royal Studies Network. 

Finally, 2020 is not just about celebrating our achievements, our mission is also about continuing to grow and find new ways to support our members, develop opportunities to foster innovative research, and improve the online platform to meet the demands of RSN’s   advancement. Therefore, the RSN team has set a number of goals, including pushing towards 1000 members. In order to do this, we encourage all of our members to get out and spread the word about the RSN, as well as urge people to join the RSN. 

We hope that you will join us in this celebration as we appreciate our new logo and fresh appearance. Most importantly, we want to thank everyone for the support, encouragement, and contributions that have truly transformed the RSN. Here’s to an extraordinary 2020! 

10 February 2020

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