Recruiting for Editor-in-Chief/Co-Editors

Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

31 October 2023

About the role

The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health (JCMH) is currently recruiting for an Editor-in-Chief (or Co-Editors). The JCMH is looking for editors with expertise in the interdisciplinary fields of mental health focused on the practical implementation of creativity in clinical practice, research, and counselor education. The journal is founded on a relational philosophy with emphasis on Relational-Cultural Theory. The JCMH includes manuscripts that specifically address creative ways to facilitate deepened personal awareness, mutuality in relationships, and growth-fostering connections. This role is a great opportunity for an academic or practitioner with a strong background in the interdisciplinary field of mental health who champions creativity and relational competency.

As part of this role, the successful candidate(s) will be responsible for the oversight and administration of a rigorous and proper peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of content of suitable scope and quality within an agreed publication timeframe. They will have authority to accept articles following suitable peer review and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics.

Taylor & Francis will provide a set annual remuneration for the role to cover certain journal-related expenses, as well as periodic publishing reports reflecting on the performance of the journal. The Journal utilizes an online editorial office system, ScholarOne, for which training will be provided.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you can build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field you are passionate about, and be recognized as a leading figure within the community.

The role is for an initial term of three years, and we expect the candidate(s) to formally start in this role from January 1, 2024. There will be an agreed handover period with the outgoing Co-Editors during 2023 to ensure a seamless transition.

About the journal

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The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, the journal of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association, is the valuable interdisciplinary reference source for academics and therapeautic practitioners. This refereed journal examines the practical applications of using creativity to help deepen self-awareness and build healthy relationships. This journal also explores how creative, diverse, and relational therapeautic approaches can be used in counseling practice.

Each issue of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health provides a wide range of interdisciplinary discussion relative to diverse mental health issues. The journal incorporates high-quality empirical research with cogent in-depth discussion and addresses the topics in both qualitative and quantitative language. Each unique focus encourages the rich dialogue among scholars, practitioners, and students. Book reviews highlight new and interesting publications in the field. In another column, film reviews provide a framework for conceptualizing personality styles and common issues found in human relations. Three other special columns provide: (a) relationally-based creative interventions used by counselors and psychotherapists in their practices, (b) creative teaching methods by counselor educators; and (c) an opportunity for mental health professionals to offer their perspective on creative, innovative, and resourceful counseling topics.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in a successful applicant(s): 

  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal
  • Strong organizational skills to ensure all submissions are handled in a timely manner via the online peer review management system
  • Confidence to communicate promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors and reviewers during the peer review process
  • The ability to foster and grow positive working relationships with colleagues such as editorial board members and Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers
  • A willingness to engage with researchers and practitioners to solicit high quality submissions
  • Experience acting as a peer reviewer for journals in the field

Not essential but highly desirable:

  • Previous experience as an Editor, Associate Editor, or Editorial Board member for a journal in the field would be a distinct advantage

Application Instructions

If you would like to apply for the position of Editor-in-Chief (or Co-Editor), please submit your CV and a Vision Statement via the Apply button below by October 31, 2023.

Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 2 pages and include:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
  • How you would work in partnership with the Editorial Board and select new board members
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors

For any questions, please contact the journal’s Portfolio Manager at [email protected].

Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on a rolling basis.


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.