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Call for Policy Studies Editor-in-Chief for 2020

Closing Date: 31st January 2020

Applications are invited for the post of Editor-in-Chief for Policy Studies – an international academic journal, published by Routledge. The role is for a three-year appointment, starting in March 2020.


About The Journal

Policy Studies is a multi-disciplinary journal which attempts to strike an important balance in the production of descriptive, explanatory and evaluative policy oriented research.

Policy Studies explores the implications of policy stability and change for both the study and the practice of policy-making at different levels of governance from the global to the local. The journal encourages submissions of articles that: broaden the lens of policy analysis through theoretical, historical or comparative research; promote constructive debate on theoretical, methodological and empirical issues in policy analysis; and encourages greater interaction between the world of academia and the world of practice through the publication of research with real world application.

We therefore encourage the submission of articles in these areas in order to provide a forum for the theoretical and practical discussion of public policy-making.

Policy Studies is published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group and is affiliated with the Regional Studies Association, a global and interdisciplinary forum for city and regional research, development and policy.

The journal publishes six issues a year and it is well respected in the field. Policy Studies is indexed and abstracted in CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts; Criminal Justice Abstracts; EconLit; Education Research Abstracts Online; Family Studies Database; Gay and Lesbian Abstracts; Higher Education Abstracts; International Bibliography of the Social Sciences; International Political Science Abstracts; OCLC; Periodicals Index Online; Research into Higher Education Abstracts; SCOPUS; Social Care Online (SCIE); Social Services Abstracts and Sociological Abstracts.

For more information on the journal, please visit https://tandfonline.com/toc/cpos20/current


Role Description

The appointment is for three years, renewable for a further three-year term subject to mutual agreement. Taylor & Francis will provide advice, support and performance analysis of the journal, as well as an annual honorarium. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will begin in an onboarding capacity on 1st March 2020, and officially take over as EiC on 1st April 2020, when the current EiC steps down.


The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for the following:


  • Processing and co-ordinating the peer review process for new contributions to the journal via the Editorial Manager peer review system and ensuring that all reviewers and authors uphold the journal’s code of publishing ethics.
  • Making final decisions on submissions as a subject expert, providing feedback to authors, and working with Taylor & Francis to prepare accepted submissions for publication.
  • Identifying strategies to enhance and maintain the quality and reputation of the journal, particularly with relation to the quality and timeliness of the published research.
  • Supervising (and helping to recruit) an editorial team. Working with Taylor & Francis and the Editorial Board to develop the editorial strategy and direction/focus of the journal and acting as ambassador for the journal.
  • Commissioning special issues and assigning topical Guest Editors; Soliciting submissions in line with editorial strategy.
  • Reviewing and expanding the Editorial Board, Editorial team and pool of reviewers as necessary, in terms of size, subject specialisms and geographical representation.


Candidate Qualifications

Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in Policy Studies and be actively involved with networks within the field. Key qualities sought for the position of Editor-in-Chief include energy, enthusiasm, project management skills to oversee the editorial cycle, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with a major commercial publisher. Applicants should have clear employer or institutional support for this activity for the duration of the three-year appointment, including release time as necessary and general office support. The submissions, peer review and production systems operate entirely online, and candidates should be comfortable working with a variety of technologies, although full training and support will be provided.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to email a letter of interest and a full C.V., including a list of published papers, to Pradhnya Tajne, Portfolio Manager, Taylor & Francis: [email protected]


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


Interviews will be held in person or online, with shortlisted candidates contacted in early March 2020.


Taylor & Francis is also open to joint applications for shared editorial responsibilities, with two or more Co-Editors applying.

Further Notes

The outgoing Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Professor Mark Evans, is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the post informally and can be contacted at: [email protected].

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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