Call for Editorial Assistant

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Call for Editorial Assistant

Community, Work & Family

30 June 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:

We are currently seeking an Editorial Assistant at the Community, Work & Family office. This role will offer the successful applicant valuable editorial experience and opportunities to learn first-hand many aspects of academic publication. The appointed candidate will assist the editorial team with administering the peer review process and maintain social media accounts for the Journal. Training will be provided. The work is conducted online.

The role is open to all and may be of particular interest to doctoral students, post-docs and early career researchers in the fields of community, work, family and their intersections. It is intended that the appointment will begin on 1 July 2021 and will end on 30 June 2022 with the potential for the contract to be renewed.

The Role The Editorial Assistant will work to support the Community, Work and Family Editorial Board. Specifically, this will include undertaking the general and role-specific tasks outlined below. Role-specific tasks:

  • Assisting the Editorial Board with the online peer-review-management system, ScholarOne, by carrying out the following tasks entirely through the online peer review system:
  •  Assigning manuscripts through the system, subject to these manuscripts meeting checklist criteria, before peer review is conducted by the Editorial Board, to maintain the flow of submissions o Sourcing and recommending reviewers for peer review
  • Liaising with referees conducting peer review on manuscripts o Referring referee reports and recommendations to the (Associate) Editor assigned to the manuscript for oversight
  • Tracking of manuscripts, to maintain the flow of peer review o Working to agreed timescales for the aforementioned manuscript processing and checklist tasks o Developing and maintaining the peer review database in ScholarOne (checking keywords, email addresses, adding potential new reviewers)
  • Maintain contact with the International Editorial Board (IEB) and help to refresh the overview of the IEB as needed
  • Maintain the social media accounts of the journal, including but not limited to Twitter and LinkedIn, to promote the success and prosperity of the Journal
  • Additional administrative tasks as required by the Editorial Board General Tasks
  • Promptly referring any ethical or copyright or legal issues to the Editor and the Publisher
  • Ensuring that they work in accordance with agreed and ethical peer review standards for the publication of articles, so as to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of peer review and assure the quality of published articles
  • Complying with data protection regulations (including GDPR) and ensure all user data is kept secure
  • Working with the Editorial Board and the Publisher to promote the reputation, academic success, and prosperity of the Journal Routledge, Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration for the role.

Expected time commitment is approximately half-time (e.g., 20+ hours), although actual hours will likely vary a bit in practice. The Editorial Assistant would preferably be available most days of the working week, typically 2-3 hours a day.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please write to Dr. Mara A. Yerkes at [email protected] by30th June 2021 with a brief CV/resume (2 pages maximum) and a statement of no more than 500 words outlining what you can bring to the role and why you would like to be considered.





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.