Call for 2 Associate Editors

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Call for 2 Associate Editors

Community, Work & Family

31 July 2021

About the Journal

Now in its 23rd volume, Community, Work & Family provides a forum for social scientists and practitioners to share experiences and ideas and debate current issues and controversies. The aims of Community, Work & Family are:

  • to publish theoretical, research-based, policy and practical contributions in the growing area of community, work and family and their interface
  • to publish regular articles, as well as policy notes, research notes, and Voices articles: short pieces written from a researcher’s perspective. See the Instructions for Authors for more details.
  • to provide an international forum for debate in the field and reflect the range of approaches to community, work and family in different contexts, by encouraging contributions from academics and practitioners from around the world
  • to foster the development of theory, research, policy and practice
  • to highlight the experiences of those members of communities, organisations and families whose voices are seldom heard
  • to encourage critical examination of existing frameworks and practices to promote research which employs methods with the potential to lead to social action

The Distinctive nature of the Journal

  • Recognises the contested nature of community, work and family
  • Highlights the perspectives of multiple stakeholders in communities, work organisations and families
  • Explores dimensions of social and organisational change
  • Includes voices which are often not heard and are ‘hidden’
  • Emphases research and practice
  • Targets academics and professionals and is interdisciplinary within the social sciences
  • Reports research using diverse methods and with implications for policy and practice
  • Encourages new ways of thinking about diversity and equality
  • Promotes international debate and collaboration
  • Legitimises reflexivity in research in practice

For more information about Community, Work & Family, please visit

About the Role:

Community, Work & Family is seeking 2 Associate Editors to work with joint editors Professor Rebecca Lawthom (Sheffield University), Professor Richard Petts (Ball State University) and Dr. Mara Yerkes (Utrecht University), and Associate Editors Professor Jenny Fisher (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. Jean-Charles Languilaire (Jönköping University), and Dr. Rense Nieuwenhuis (Stockholm University), to maintain and enhance the Journal’s quality and reputation internationally.

Job Description

The new Associate Editor will:

  • Work with the current Editorial Board to maintain and enhance the Journal’s quality and reputation internationally;
  • Be responsible for soliciting and encouraging submissions to CWF;
  • Identify suitable peer reviewers, making publication decisions about submissions following peer review, and ensuring that authors receive a first decision on their submissions within 3 months on average;
  • Receive and process submissions through double-anonymous peer review using the Journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts website (including initial editorial screening for suitability, assigning papers to other members of the editorial team if and as appropriate, selecting and inviting peer reviewers, managing correspondence with reviewers where necessary, making decisions on submissions). Familiarity with ScholarOne will be an advantage;
  • Ensure that all authors and reviewers adhere to Routledge,Taylor & Francis Journal Editor Code of Conduct and the Journal’s Editorial Policies;
  • Collaborating with the Journal’s editorial board and adapting its composition as necessary in line with the editorial strategy for the Journal;
  • Collaborate closely with Routledge to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the Journal.

Routledge, Taylor & Francis currently provide Editorial Assistant support to assist with the administrative aspects of managing a journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts website, including checking all necessary files and information have been submitted, correspondence with authors and reviewers as required on technical aspects of submitting and reviewing, and sending accepted manuscripts into our production system.

The Journal’s board also organises regular board meetings (primarily through video-conference); the Publisher will supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the Journal.

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have a breadth of knowledge in community, work and/or family issues. Expertise in (organizational) psychology and/or methodological expertise in advanced quantitative methods is a plus. Candidates are further expected to have an international reputation with professional networks in the academic community; and enthusiasm for and commitment to maintaining and continuing to build the Journal’s reputation. Journal editorial experience would be an advantage.

We are seeking to expand the diversity of the Editorial Board. Candidates from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply.

Tasks of the Associate Editor position

The tasks of Associate Editors are to administer the peer review process of articles submitted for publication, including conducting a preliminary review of manuscript suitability and quality, identifying and inviting double-anonymous peer reviewers, assessing returned reviews, making editorial decisions, and overseeing the resubmission and production processes. All peer review processes are administered through the ScholarOne Manuscript Central online submission system. Associate Editors might be called to assist with the management of special issues. In total, it is anticipated that each Associate Editor will be responsible for around 4-5 manuscripts at various stages of review at any given time, including about two new manuscripts each month. Associate Editors will represent the journal at academic conferences and other events and will be involved with strategic and marketing functions of the journal as required. Associate Editors will be able to draw on the members of the Editorial Board for advice, support and practical assistance with these tasks.

Associate Editor positions are unremunerated.

Qualifications and other requirements:

  1. PhD in a field relevant to the contents of the journal.
  2. Demonstrated high quality scholarship in a field relevant to the content areas of the journal.
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage with a broad range of topics, methods and disciplinary perspectives in the field, broad knowledge of the field and the scholars in the field, and ability to identify reviewers for submitted manuscripts.
  4. Substantial experience as an author and/or editor of scholarly works.
  5. Prior experience or willingness to be trained in using the ScholarOne Manuscript Central online submission system.
  6. Commitment to and understanding of codes of ethics relevant to academic research and publishing and familiarity with the requirements of the double-anonymous peer review process.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work professionally and meet deadlines.
  8. Willingness to work closely and cooperatively with the Editor, the Managing Editor, other Associate Editors, Editorial Board members and as needed, Taylor and Francis administrative and production staff.

Submitting your Application

To apply, please email [email protected] with your:

  • CV
  • at least three of your most significant publications
  • a brief cover letter stating your motivations for the position and any relevant information concerning the position requirements

The deadline is 31st July 2021 at midnight (CET).





Community, work and family are interconnected and central to everybody’s life. The links between community, work and family have generated widespread interdisciplinary interest, which this journal draws together with a focus on theory, research, policy and practice. The Journal provides a forum for social scientists and practitioners to share experiences and ideas and debate current issues and controversies.