The Geological Curator, the official journal of the Geological Curators’ Group, is evolving. The GCG committee are extremely grateful for your feedback on the journal submitted as part of the recent questionnaire and we are considering all of your responses in detail. We are also currently reviewing all aspects of journal production and delivery to ensure that the standard and cost-effectiveness of the journal is maximised. We are particularly interested in ensuring:

  • Consistency in frequency of issues and publication dates
  • Only high-quality articles are published
  • There is a wide breadth of subjects covered which are relevant to everyone who works with geological collections
  • Detailed guidance is available for authors and reviewers
  • Maximum transparency on the publication process including acceptance and/or rejection of manuscripts
  • Faster turn around time from manuscript submission to publication

In order to facilitate this, we are seeking additional voluntary roles on the editorial team. We are looking for 1-2 production assistants and 2-4 editorial assistants. Each individual would be expected to volunteer up to 60 hours of their time per year, although this may not be evenly distributed throughout the year. If you are interested in applying, or just have some questions, please send a CV and examples of how you meet the person specification to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be in touch.

A charitable organisation such as the GCG depends entirely on volunteers who are willing to share their time, knowledge and skills for the benefit of the geological collections community. Whilst these roles are, at times, challenging, there is also satisfaction in furthering the shared vision of our group: Geological collections thriving for science and society. If you are interested in being part of this, we look forward to hearing from you.

Copies of the journal (including recent freely available issues) are available at https://www.geocurator.org/journal/


ASSOCIATE EDITOR (2-4 positions)

Job description

  • Solicit manuscripts for the Geological Curator in collaboration with the editor
  • Answer questions about submissions
  • Correspond with authors, providing encouragement and advice as necessary
  • Liaise with the editor and provide practical and critical feedback on submissions
  • Ensure through-flow of high-quality and innovative manuscripts
  • Help authors move through the various stages of the submission, review and final versions of a manuscript in a timely manner, ensuring critical deadlines are met
  • Contribute to documents facilitating the processes of submission, review and editing of manuscripts and contribute to discussions and provide advice regarding overall scope and direction of the journal

Person specification

  • Currently works, or has worked, for at least 5 years in a position where they are/were responsible for a geological collection
  • At least 2-3 papers as first author in reputable peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience of reviewing and/or editing scientific manuscripts
  • High standard of written English
  • Ability to comprehend and summarise complex information in a timely fashion
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively via email
  • Ability to contribute up to 60 hours per year (this is negotiable and may change and may not be evenly distributed throughout the year).

Please specify areas of expertise including, but not limited, to the following:

  • Collections management
  • Museum management
  • Palaeontology
  • Mineralogy
  • Public engagement (including exhibitions)
  • Citizen Science
  • Conservation
  • Digitisation

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT (1-2 positions)

Job description

  • Copy edit all accepted revised manuscripts
  • Liaise with authors, Associate Editors and Editor regarding changes in content and style at copy editing stage
  • Ensure all components of manuscripts meet journal style
  • Format journal issues and produce final version for publishing
  • Liaise with Editor to facilitate addition of advertisements etc into final version
  • Help develop journal style manual
  • Liaise with printers and binders to print final issues
  • Liaise with Editor, Finance Officer and Secretary to ensure publication and distribution of individual journal issues
  • Work with Editor, Finance Officer and Secretary to ensure journal remains in budget and meets deadlines
  • Keep statistics and produce reports as required
  • Provide advice on potential stylistic changes to journal

Person specification

  • Experience with and access* to desktop publishing software** of sufficient quality to match current content and production values
  • Extensive experience and high degree of proficiency in using Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with scientific publications
  • High standard of written English
  • Ability to comprehend and summarise complex information in a timely fashion
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively via email
  • Ability to work to, sometimes tight, deadlines
  • Ability to contribute up to 60 hours per year (this is negotiable and may change and may not be evenly distributed throughout the year).

*Please note that if you don’t currently have access to relevant software you are still invited to apply, but please do mention this in your application
**Please state which software you have experience with