• Editing Groundings Ancients is a rewarding experience for undergraduates. Find out more details below.

    Photograph by: Isaxen

    Photograph by: Isaxen

Who can edit for Groundings Ancients?

The Editorial Board consists entirely of undergraduate students drawn from the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews. As all submissions must relate to the arts, humanities and social sciences, students are usually, but need not be exclusively, from the relevant colleges or faculties.


Editorial Roles:

  • Editor-in-Chief:
    The Editor-in-Chief has overall responsibility for both Groundings and Groundings Ancients. The Editor-in-Chief is a Board position of Glasgow University Dialectic Society, and is elected at the Society’s AGM.
  • Managing Editor:
    The Managing Editor coordinates the editorial process of Groundings Ancients, from theme selection to anonymising all submissions, overseeing the one-to-one editorial process, and carrying out final pre-publication checks alongside the Editor-in-Chief. This role involves a large amount of organisational work, as well as many other ad hoc duties - including dealing with student queries, and contributing to the overall development and promotion of the journal.
  • Production Editor:
    The Production Editor is responsible for the layout and formatting of final-edit articles for both Groundings and Groundings Ancients, and is therefore recruited from the University of Glasgow. They liaise with the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor, and the printers. They may also be tasked with securing permission to reproduce images to be published in the journal.

    Similar to other Editorial Board members, they also participate in the processes of selecting the annual theme, articles for publication, and the overall prizewinner.
  • Editorial Board Member:
    Three Editorial Board Members are recruited per university. Collectively, they are responsible for selection of the annual theme for the journal; anonymous peer-review and selection of articles for publication, and the selection of the overall prizewinner. Individually, each Editorial Board Member is assigned to work one-to-one with an author to improve their article ahead of publication.

    All Editorial Board Members are also encouraged to take part in promoting the journal.
  • Editorial Recruitment:
    With the exception of the Editor-in-Chief (which is an elected position), all members of the Editorial Board are selected on the basis of the application process. This is carried out early in the first semester of the academic year, and is advertised by email across the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews, as well as online.



Why edit for Groundings Ancients?

Participation in the Editorial Board of Groundings Ancients allows you to be exposed to a wide variety of articles across many different subjects, which can broaden your academic horizons. It can help you to improve your own academic writing, and future employability; team work, critical analysis, and the ability to work to deadlines are all skills sought by graduate employers.


The opportunity to be involved as an undergraduate in an academic journal is also extremely rare, and can act as a springboard to future careers in publishing or academia.