Call for Section Editor: Ireland before 1640, Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) 

The Bibliography of British and Irish History seeks to appoint one new Section Editor with research and/or teaching expertise in the following areas:

  • Ireland before 1640

Section Editors play a vital role in the Bibliography’s editorial process. They provide specialist advice on new content that has been prepared by the BBIH Editor (based at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR)), by chronology, region, and subject. 

We anticipate that this role might be of interest to PhD students, early and mid-career academics, and independent researchers. We are happy to receive applications from individuals at different career stages and we welcome applications from historians—working in any context—from under-represented groups, including those from minoritized ethnic groups, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, and those who are ‘first generation’ in Higher Education. 

The closing date for applications is 11.59PM (GMT) on Friday, 7 April 2023. 

Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to take up the position before 1 September 2023.

About the Bibliography of British and Irish History

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with an internationally recognised resource for historical scholarship, learn new editorial skills, as well as stay informed of the latest academic developments in your research and/or teaching field.

BBIH is an essential tool for the study, research, and teaching of British and Irish history. It is the largest and most comprehensive guide available to what has been written about British and Irish history, from the early 1900s to the present. The Bibliography covers the history of the British Isles, the former empire and Commonwealth, the British world, and Britons’ activities on the global stage. 

It is an essential resource for study, research, and teaching, providing up-to-date information (and links) on over 640,000 history books, articles, chapters, edited collections, and theses. New records are added in three annual updates, with c.10,000 new publications added each year. These records are searchable by a wide range of facets including: title, author, chronology, date and form of publication, historical topic, and geographical region.

The Bibliography is a research project of the UK’s Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Royal Historical Society (RHS), and is published by Brepols.

About the Section Editor roles

Responsibilities of the Section Editors include:

  • Assessing, correcting, and/or amending records for new books, articles, chapters, edited collections, and theses relevant to your section (four per year)
  • Recommending new books, articles, chapters, edited collections, and theses relevant to your section
  • Collaborating with the BBIH editor to help promote the Bibliography on social media (e.g. guest posts for the IHR’s digital magazine On History) and through your wider academic networks.

The positions attract an annual honorarium.

Successful candidates will be fully supported by the outgoing Section Editor, the Academic Director, and BBIH Editor. The successful candidate will have a six-month trial period before committing to take on their positions.

How to apply

Please apply via the Royal Historical Society’s applications platform(you will be asked to create an account or to log in as an applicant if you already have an account).

Those interested in making an application for the Section Editor post should send:

  • a CV (no more than three pages)
  • a summary of 200-250 words outlining their interest in the Bibliography


Informal enquiries about the role, including honorarium payments, can be made to: Professor Roey Sweet, Academic Director ([email protected])

Questions about the application process may be sent to: [email protected].


Deadline for applications: 11:59PM (GMT), Friday 7 April 2023.

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