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Recruiting for Early Career Researcher Editor

International Journal of Art Therapy

30 November 2022

About the role

The International Journal of Art Therapy (IJAT) is looking for an Early Career Researcher Editor.

Main Early Career Research (ECR) Editor responsibilities:

  • Support the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) and Deputy Editor to facilitate the smooth operation of the journal.
  • Working with other AEs to develop the strategic work of the journal.
  • Connect and network with other ECRs in art therapy.
  • Encourage ECRs to become Peer Reviewers.
  • Support ECRs to understand the processes of journal submission and supporting them as they work towards reviewing/submission.
  • Encourage ECRs to contribute to IJAT by writing/publishing their research/practice.
  • Collate peer review feedback to submitted papers, making judgements as to the quality of those reviews, filling the gaps in reviews where necessary, then recommending decision to the EiC.
  • Being an ambassador and a critical friend of the journal within appropriate forums.
  • Liaising with art therapy networks to ensure that there is a good understanding of the journal's processes within the wider art therapy profession.
  • Contributing to the dissemination of IJAT publications via social media.

About the journal

Cover image - International Journal of Art Therapy

International Journal of Art Therapy is a leading publication of international art therapy literature and official journal of the British Association of Art Therapists.

The aims of the journal are:

To advance the understanding of how art therapy may contribute to effective interventions for service users through publishing:

  • Ethical, high quality research papers.
  • Diverse, innovative practice papers including service user feedback.
  • Original, evidence-informed opinion pieces.

To further develop knowledge in the fields of art therapy research, practice, theory, and pedagogy in a global context for:

  • Art therapists.
  • Educators and trainees.
  • Service users and members of the public.
  • Allied health professionals.
  • Mental health practitioners.
  • Other professionals.

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Key Skills and Attributes


Three years.


  • 3-4 hours per week for ECR Editor tasks.
  • Online Board meetings (4 half-days per year).
  • Associate Editor training (half-day per year).
  • Peer review training (1 day per year).


Honorary position - travel expenses will be covered if travel is required.


  • One annual CPD course provided by British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
  • Up to 4 days BAAT conference/research symposium (costs covered by BAAT).
  • Free access to Taylor & Francis editor symposiums.


  • Expertise in methodologies and methods for areas of research including any of the following: quantitative; qualitative; mixed methods; arts-based and arts-informed; intervention development; evaluation; or other specialist areas of research.
  • Experience of researching art therapy or a related field – including clinical, community, or education-based.
  • Experience as a peer reviewer.
  • Proficient IT skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, OneDrive and ScholarOne submission systems.
  • Competence in using social media to disseminate publications.

Interview dates:

  • Friday 6 January 2023
  • Friday 13 January 2023

Application Instructions

Please apply through the link below.


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.

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