Editor-in-Chief needed for

Journal of Family Social Work

29 February 2024

About the role

The Journal of Family Social Work is currently recruiting for an Editor-in-Chief. The Journal is looking for an editor with expertise in the field of family and couple based social work. The Journal is directed towards the needs of social workers and other mental health and family practitioners who work with couples and families by combining policy, clinical practice, and research. This role is a great opportunity for an academic or practitioner with a strong background in working with couples and families in their life context through the lens of social work.

As part of this role, the successful candidate 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 would like the candidate to formally start in this role as soon as possible.

About the journal

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Each issue of the Journal of Family Social Work contains peer reviewed research articles, conceptual and practice articles devoted to innovative family theory and practice subjects.

In celebrating social workers’ tradition of working with couples and families in their life context, the Journal of Family Social Work features articles which advance the capacity of practitioners to integrate research, theory building, and practice wisdom into their services to families. It is a journal of policy, clinical practice, and research directed to the needs of social workers and other mental health and family practitioners who work with couples and families.
The Journal of Family Social Work makes a unique attempt at balancing clinical relevance and academic exactitude. By uniting clinicians and researchers from social work, family enrichment, family therapy, family studies, family psychology and sociology, health and mental health, and child welfare, it stresses a blending of sociocultural contexts, the uniqueness of the family, and the person of the clinician. As an interdisciplinary forum, it provides a creative mixing of clinical innovation, practice wisdom, theory, and academic excellence.

Peer Review Policy: All articles in this journal have undergone rigorous anonymous double anonymized peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two to four anonymous referees.

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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:

  • 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

Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter, and a Vision Statement.

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].


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.