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Academic, Student: Call for Applications: Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies

Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies is currently recruiting for the 2019-2020 academic year. Synergy is an academic journal with a regional focus on East, Southeast, and South Asia, founded at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. The goal of the journal is to stimulate and generate vibrant academic discussions on current developments in the Asia-Pacific region. The journal consists mainly of submissions of Academic Articles, Op-eds, and Event Reports that centre on Asia’s rising prominence and economic growth in the recent decade. The articles are published online throughout the year and compiled into a print publication at the end of each academic year.


Expected Workload

We expect involvement in Synergy to occupy an average of 1-2 hours per week, based on assigned tasks and meetings. This commitment increases in scale and fluctuation for executives sitting on the core editorial committee i.e. the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor-in-Chief, and Lead Editors.


Our team is split into three sections, each led by Lead Editor(s) – East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. We are looking for applicants in the following positions.



The Core Editorial Committee is the highest administrative body of the Synergy: Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies. The Core Editorial Committee positions are intensive in nature, and require committed applicants who are ready to be a leading and motivating force behind the Journal’s operations. This call for applications is recruiting for Synergy’s core editorial committee during the 2019-2020 academic cycle (September 2019 – August 2020).




The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) shall (1):

  • Oversee the internal and external affairs and the editorial and publication process.
  • Prepare meeting agendas and chair executive meetings.
  • Act as the primary liaison to external parties.
  • Hold signing officer authority along with the Associate Editor-in-Chief.
  • Provide reimbursements to members for any expenses incurred, regularly oversee Synergy’s budget, and consult with BMO for any budget-related issues.
  • Coordinate events: this includes inviting panel speakers, arranging venues and specific dates, and promoting the event.
  • Ensure transition of office to future Executives.


The Associate Editor-in-Chief shall (1):

  • Assume the duties of the Editor-in-Chief in the EIC’s absence.
  • Oversee each section’s editorial and publication process along with the EIC.
  • Hold signing officer authority along with the EIC.
  • Provide reimbursements to members for any expenses incurred, regularly oversee and plan Synergy’s budget, and consult with BMO for any budget-related issues.
  • Coordinate organizational recruitment efforts, arrange and conduct interviews along with the EIC.
  • Send out “Call for Submissions” to relevant departments at UofT and other universities on Synergy’s contact list, in collaboration with all other core editorial team members.


The Co-Lead Editor, East Asia Section, shall (1):

  • Ensure that submissions follow Synergy’s Submission Guidelines and includes all required materials for publication (i.e. “Title”, “Bio”, “Abstract”, “Keywords”, “Reference List”, and citations in Chicago format).
  • Ensure that copy-editors comply with Synergy’s Editorial Guidelines.
  • Oversee and manage all Synergy personnel belonging to your section (i.e. Copy-editors, Event Reporters, and Contributors).
  • Act as the chair of section meetings.
  • Coordinate external promotional effort for attracting submissions and interests for your respective section
  • Send out “Call for Submissions” to relevant departments at UofT and other universities on Synergy’s contact list.





A copy-editor is required to review the submissions approved by the sectional Lead Editor. The copy-editor’s edits must strictly follow Synergy’s Submission and Editorial Guidelines, and be proficient in Chicago citation style and academic writing. The copy-editor will edit a range of written pieces, from external submissions to internal publications, research papers, and  event reports.


Event Reporter

An event reporter is required to attend an event assigned weeks in advance. Synergy requires event reports to be finalized for publication a week after the event.

  • Past experience in writing or news reporting is an asset but not required
  • Must have a solid academic background on the political, economic, and/or social phenomena of the desired regional section (i.e. must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge on the current affairs of the East Asia region to be considered for the East Asia Section)
  • A typical event reporter at Synergy reports on one or two events per month. However, this may vary according to the event schedules.



Contributors at Synergy are expected to submit a piece of content on a bi-weekly basis pertaining to their regional section. Contributors are expected to add a personal opinion in their submissions. A contributor may choose to work on either:

  • A short biography of (preferably lesser-known) contemporary actors (500-750 words)
  • A short summary of contemporary events (500-750 words)
  • An interview Q&A with a prominent figure pertaining to the contributor’s research interests (i.e. an interview with a diplomat, heads of NGOs, public representatives, professors, etc.)


Graphic Designer (Print Publication) 

We are seeking a graphic designer to assist with our annual print publication. This includes designing the covers and article layouts online, and coordinating the printing process for our print publication. This role extends throughout the summer of 2020, with minimal commitment during the school year. Further mentorship and training will be provided.


Application Process

Please submit all 3 items listed below to, with the subject line “Synergy Journal Application [Position Name] [Section Name]”. Requests for interviews will be sent shortly after to determine your placement. Please submit your application by 11:59 pm, Sunday, September 22, 2019. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  1. Please list your first and second-choice positions, and please specify for which section ie. East, Southeast, or South Asia. Please also note whether you are flexible across the different sections and positions available.
  2. CV/Resume (PDF) highlighting your relevant past experiences and assets tailoring towards the position that you are applying.
  3. A short English language writing sample (less than 200 words) in any topic or discipline.
  4. If you are applying as a copy-editor, event reporter or contributor, please submit a response to the question “Why would you like to join Synergy?” (100 words max.) Alternatively, if you are applying for a core editorial committee position ie. Associate Editor-in-Chief, or Editor-in-Chief; please submit a response to the question: “What are you envisioning to accomplish during your term in the position of your interest”? (200  words max.)


Please direct questions about the journal or editorial positions in general to, or visit our website at for more information about the job. We look forward to your application!

Best regards,

Editorial Committee

Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies


Asian Institute | Munk School of Global Affairs | University of Toronto

1 Devonshire Place | Room 006-009N

Online ISSN 2369-8217 | Print ISSN 2369-8209 | Email: |

Twitter: @AI_UofT | @SynergyJournal | Website:

Deadline: September 22, 2019


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