Call for Editor-in-Chief

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Call for Editor-in-Chief

Application Deadline: 30 September 2019

About the Role

Social Work Education: The International Journal is seeking a new Editor(s).

Social Work Education: The International Journal publishes articles of a critical and reflective nature concerned with research, theory and practice relevant to social care and social work education at all levels. It presents a forum for international debate on important issues and provides an opportunity for the expression of new ideas and proposals on the structure and content of social care and social work education, training and development.

In this way, the journal provides a peer reviewed international forum that makes a vital contribution to the development of educational research, theory and practice in relation to social work and social care.

The journal recognises and values the diversity of cultural and conceptual traditions in which the social work and social care professions are grounded and is committed to encouraging global perspectives on social work education within a social justice and human rights context and examines emerging paradigms in methodology and comparative analysis.

The editor(s) will initially be invited to serve for three years. The successful candidate(s) will officially start in March 2020 following a transition period from January 2020.


The Editor(s) is(are) responsible for leadership of the journal and for the coordination and processing of content for publication, taking ultimate responsibility for editorial decision-making and for the journal’s on-going development. They are supported in this by three Associate Editors, a Reviews Editor, and an editorial board, as well as by the editorial and production staff at Routledge, the publishers of the journal.

Main tasks include:

  • Providing leadership to the editorial board to facilitate the contributions of all involved with the journal including organising an annual Board meeting;
  • Recruiting relevant and experienced Board members including 2 service users;
  • Processing manuscript submissions via the online submissions system, ScholarOne Manuscripts™, including assigning manuscripts to referees for peer review, making final editorial decisions on submissions and maintaining clear and efficient communications with authors, peer reviewers and the publisher;
  • Ensuring that the journal’s content meets the highest research standards and makes an original contribution to knowledge in the field;
  • Promoting the work of the journal to the academic community and representing the journal at relevant events and conferences, including the provision of writing workshops for early career researchers;
  • Identifying strategies to enhance the quality and reputation of the journal, working with the publishers to implement such strategies and to build on the journal’s success;
  • Ensuring that in all its activities the journal demonstrates adherence to principles of ethical publishing, including action to promote equality, inclusion and non-discrimination.

The role is not remunerated. Routledge will provide an annual financial contribution to the expenses incurred in fulfilling editorial responsibilities.

The ideal candidate(s):

The successful applicant(s) will have an established record of scholarship and recognised expertise in the work of the social professions and be actively involved with social work and social care education. They will also be able to demonstrate:

  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary challenges and debates in social work education, research, policy and practice;
  • An excellent track record of research and publication;
  • Sound understanding of journal quality markers and wide experience of peer review;
  • Experience of editorial board work;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, including proficiency in English language;
  • Ability to manage online manuscript submission, review and tracking systems;
  • Evidenced efficiency in managing work to tight deadlines.

The newly appointed Editor(s) will work with the current Editors, Professor Hugh Mclaughlin and Dr Helen Scholar, in a phased transition period before assuming sole responsibility in March 2020.

For further details and informal discussion of the role:

Potential applicants may contact the current Editors for informal discussion about the role: Prof Hugh McLaughlin ; Dr Helen Scholar

Application Process:

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter detailing your relevant experience and your vision for the journal under your Editorship. Applications should be submitted to:

Anna Parkinson, Portfolio Manager, Routledge Journals:

The closing date for applications is 30th September 2019. Interviews will take place during the autumn of 2019, and shortlisted applicants can expect to be invited to meet with representatives of the journal.

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence and judged on their merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.

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