Groundings is an undergraduate peer-reviewed journal in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is published annually on a cross-disciplinary theme, both in print and online, and was founded in 2007 by Glasgow University Dialectic Society.

The journal is entirely student-run, and offers a venue for undergraduates to publish their work, as well as the opportunity to be involved in the process of editing and producing an academic journal. You can keep up with all our news and events on Facebook.

Editorial Board Opportunities

We are currently looking for undergraduate students to work on the upcoming eighth volume of Groundings (2014-15) in the following positions:

Managing Editor - The Managing Editor coordinates the editorial processes of Groundings, from theme selection to the anonymisation of all submissions, overseeing the one-to-one editorial process, and carrying out final pre-publication checks. This role involves a large amount of organisational work, as well as other ad hoc duties - including dealing with student queries, helping organise the journal's launch event, and contributing to the overall development and promotion of the journal. The Managing Editor will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief.

Managing Editor Application

Production Editor - The Production Editor is responsible for the layout and formatting of final-edit articles for both Groundings and Groundings Ancients, and liaises with the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and the printers. They may also be tasked with securing permission to reproduce images. Similar to other members of the Editorial Board, they also participate in the processes of selecting the annual theme, the articles for publication, and the overall prizewinner. Previous experience of production/layout work is desirable, but by no means essential.

Production Editor Application

Editorial Board Member (x10) - Editorial Board Members are collectively responsible for the selection of the journal's annual theme; 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. There are ten positions available. A high standard of written English is expected of any applicant for this position.

Editorial Board Member Application

N.B. The majority of Editorial Board work takes place in the second semester.
Participation in the Editorial Board of Groundings allows students the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of articles across many subjects, broadening their academic horizons. It can also improve a student’s own academic work and future employability; team work, critical analysis, and working to a deadline are all skills sought by graduate employers. Moreover, all members of the Editorial Board will receive recognition for their work on their university transcript through the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
We accept applications from undergraduate students only; please complete the application form appropriate to the position you wish to apply for. The deadline for submission of applications to is 23:59 on Saturday 11th October.
There will be a Question & Answer session about Groundings on Monday 6th October, from 5.00pm until 6.00pm, venue TBC, at which all are welcome to attend. Copies of previous volumes are available from the University of Glasgow Library and our website.
Please explore our website and social media for more information. Any further questions about the journal or application process should be directed to