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Call for Applications for the Post of Co-Editor (Counselling and Psychotherapy)

British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

Applications are invited for the post of Co-Editor to manage the Counselling and Psychotherapy part of the journal British Journal of Guidance & Counselling.  

 This post will start in January, 2020 and will be for an initial term of three years. 

About the Journal

British Journal of Guidance & Counselling (BJGC) is an international, interdisciplinary journal publishing work that sets trends and provokes fresh thought and innovations in the practice and understanding of counselling, psychotherapy and career guidance.  It is published six times per year and has a 2018 impact factor of 0.720, and a five-year impact factor of 1.018. 



Role Description

The journal seeks to communicate, enrich and advance theory, research, policy and practice and manuscripts are published under the following three broad headings:

  •  counselling and psychotherapy
  •  career counselling and career development
  • cross-disciplinary issues relevant to counselling, psychotherapy and career services

For more information on the journal, please visit www.tandfonline.com/cbjg.

There are two Editors who work collaboratively to provide overall leadership for the journal; one responsible for the careers side of the journal (e.g. career counselling and guidance), and one for counselling and psychotherapy. They are supported by two symposium co-editors, two book review co-editors and members of the Editorial Board and International Editorial Advisory Panel. Together, the Co-Editors are responsible for the academic direction of the journal, motivating the editorial board and the fair, efficient consideration of papers submitted to the journal. They take ultimate responsibility for the editorial decision-making and make-up of content in the journal. All papers are submitted, peer reviewed and managed via the online submission system ScholarOne Manuscripts™. The Co-Editors are supported in their work on this system by Journal Editorial Office assistance. It is the responsibility of the Co-Editors to ensure papers are considered for peer review and given decisions in a timely fashion, within the timescales agreed with the publisher to minimise publication delay. Though specifically responsible for the counselling and psychotherapy part of the journal, the incoming Counselling and Psychotherapy Co-Editor will work with the current Career Counselling and Guidance and Cross-disciplinary Content Co-Editor, Anu Bakshi, and Routledge to further develop the journal. The Co-Editor (Counselling and Psychotherapy) for BJGC takes primary responsibility for all papers related to counselling and psychotherapy. The editorial remit extends across the whole range of topics of interest to practitioners of either psychotherapy or counselling, including what might be termed 'therapeutic counselling' and broader mental health concerns applicable to therapeutic practice, research and training. In contrast, the Co-Editor (Career Guidance and Guidance) has a remit that extends from career guidance through those uses of the term 'counselling' that are applicable to it, thus creating complementary, but distinctly overlapping, areas of expertise. Whereas all cross-disciplinary papers are currently overseen by the Career Counselling and Guidance Co-Editor, this may change from time-to-time depending on each Co-Editor’s workload. Responsibilities

• Solicit, receive and process contributions to the journal through the peer review process via the online submission system ScholarOne Manuscripts™

• Shared responsibility for overarching journal policy, in coordination with Co-Editor

• Maintain and enhance the journal’s quality and reputation

• Annual review of journal priorities and objectives in line with Routledge development objectives

• Initiation of special projects, and development of new journal features

Appointment of Editorial Board and International Advisory Panel members in coordination with Co-Editor

• Liaison between Editorial Board and Routledge

• Work with the publisher to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the journal

• Serve as ambassador for the journal promoting BJGC at conferences, networking and working with Routledge

Candidate Qualifications

Key Qualifications and Skills

• A relevant doctorate (or equivalent) and/or counselling/psychotherapy qualification • Significant counselling/psychotherapy experience

• A relevant publication record and good standing in the field

• Affiliation to a relevant professional association and academic programme

• Experience of peer review process associated with scholarly work and editing a journal

• Experience in managing teams (boards, advisory boards, etc) • Excellent organisational skills and a high degree of commitment

• Previous experience with processing papers in the ScholarOne™ system or willingness to learn to use the system

• Enthusiasm for continuing to build the journal’s content and reputation

• Motivation, skills and interest to broaden the international influence of the journal

• Experience in utilising social media, blog platforms, academic websites to promote research is also desirable A more detailed list of tasks and responsibilities is available from Liz Baker (Elizabeth.Baker@tandf.co.uk).

Routledge will provide an annual financial contribution to editor expenses incurred by the Co-Editor in fulfilling her/his responsibilities upwards of £5,000 depending on experience. Please note this is not a full-time position.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to email a letter of interest and a full C.V. to Liz Baker, Portfolio Manager, Routledge Journals


Your application should include details of your relevant experience and your vision for the journal under your Editorship.

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th October. 



All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Routledge will judge each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.




Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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