Recruiting for Associate Editor and Editorial Board Members

Early Child Development and Care

09 January 2024

About the role

We are looking for a new Associate Editor with a relevant academic background, editorial experience and passion to drive the journal forward. The successful candidate would work collaboratively with existing Associate Editors to support the journal’s Editor, who will remain in position as the most senior Editor on the journal.

It is a significant role, but one that is achievable within a continuing busy working academic timetable.

Early Child Development and Care is a multidisciplinary publication that serves psychologists, educators, psychiatrists, paediatricians, social workers and other professionals who deal with research, planning, education and care of infants and young children.

The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions they are assigned to by the journal’s Editor. They will make recommendations on acceptance or rejection of articles, for verification by the journal’s Editor, after the peer review process, and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics.

Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. Taylor & Francis will also supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the Journal. The Journal utilises an online editorial office system (ScholarOne) to organise peer review.

Becoming an editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

The journal is currently recruiting for Editorial Board Members as well.

About the journal

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Early Child Development and Care is a multidisciplinary publication that serves psychologists, educators, psychiatrists, paediatricians, social workers and other professionals who deal with research, planning, education and care of infants and young children. The Journal provides English translations of work in this field that has been published in other languages, and original English papers on all aspects of early child development and care: descriptive and evaluative articles on social, educational and preventive medical programs for young children, experimental and observational studies, critical reviews and summary articles.

The journal does not normally publish articles which are focussed on curriculum issues or papers that deal with matters of pedagogy in the early childhood field.

This journal does not normally publish papers which relate specifically to the construction, validation or evaluation of psychometric devices, measuring instruments and scales. Exceptions may be made if such information is essential in the context of a substantive research paper, or technical review, on a topic covered by the broad reach of our aforementioned aims and scope.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for:

  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • The capacity to devote time each week to the role, and to attend meetings and training sessions on occasion, within standard UK working hours.
  • The ability to ensure all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system (ScholarOne).
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A commitment to engaging promptly and efficiently with Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers to implement necessary processes and improvements.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour as well as knowledge of the COPE guidelines and commitment to ensure that the journal adheres to strict ethical standards at all times.
  • A proven track record as a key opinion leader and known figure within your academic discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance and experience of networking through social media.

The role will formally begin from 1st February 2024.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile PDF for the Associate Editor position is available on request by emailing Abi Amey [[email protected]].

Applications for Associate Editor should include your CV, a cover letter and a vision statement.

Your vision statement should be no longer than two pages and should cover:
• Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
• How you would work in partnership with the journal Editor and editorial board
• How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
• How you would work with authors

Applications for Editorial Board Member should include your CV and a brief statement of intent (1 page maximum).

Your statement of intent should include:
• Why you want to become an editorial board member on ECDC
• What you can bring to the role to help support ECDC, particularly with the goal of growing the journal’s reach and impact
• Any previous experience of working on academic journals

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm (UK/GMT) on 9th January 2024.


The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.