Editorial Board Members needed for

Studies in Clinical Social Work: Transforming Practice, Education and Research

31 December 2024

About the role

Studies in Clinical Social Work: Transforming Practice, Education and Research is currently recruiting for Editorial Board members. The journal was formerly known as Smith College Studies in Social Work and has been leading the discipline of clinical social work since 1930. This role is a great opportunity for a scholar or a scholarly-minded practitioner, who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal as it moves into the future.

The position of an Editorial Board member is an exciting and challenging role. Not only would you be responsible for supporting the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Portfolio Manager, and Commissioning Editor across a range of editorial activities, but you would also serve as an advocate for the journal, and where possible, promote the journal at conferences, society events, and within academic circles as well as by embodying the Taylor & Francis’ ethos of rigorous integrity and ethical awareness.

As part of this role, you will be expected to attend virtual meetings four times a year to provide the editorial team with guidance. You will also be at times asked to review manuscripts through peer review. An ideal candidate will have some publication track record of your own and demonstrable passion for advancing clinical social work as a discipline and profession.

Becoming an Editorial Board member of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build your own networks, promote scholarly work that you are passionate about, and be recognized alongside leading figures within the academic and professional community.

About the journal

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Studies in Clinical Social Work: Transforming Practice, Education and Research  was founded in 1930 by Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) in Northampton, MA. Founded in 1918, Smith SSW is the nation’s first psychiatric (clinical) social work program and has since been a leader of graduate training in clinical social work. Over its long and distinguished history, the journal has contributed significantly to the development of clinical knowledge, having published manuscripts by a wide range of influential social work thinkers and practitioners.

Continuing its leadership in and commitment to advancing the field of clinical social work, Studies in Clinical Social Work: Transforming Practice, Education and Research is a refereed journal that serves as a forum for clinicians, social work educators, practicum instructors, and researchers to share high quality work that critically engages and advances knowledge and practice of clinical social work. The journal has a renewed commitment to publishing critical work that reflects implications for promoting racial and social justice within a clinical process as well as advancing practice with individuals, families, and small groups in oppressed and marginalized communities. The journal welcomes submissions of empirically sound research of all types of methodology (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, review methods). The journal also welcomes conceptual work (e.g., theoretical, case studies) that introduces innovative practice approaches or pedagogical practice and/or helps advance clinicians’ commitment to racial and social justice in a practice context. Arguments made in the articles must be grounded in relevant literature and contribute to advancing the field of contemporary clinical social work.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria for this role include:

  • A proven track record in social work practice, education, and/or research.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance.
  • Prior experience of academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • The ability to play an active role in supporting the Editor-in-Chief with peer reviews.
  • The capacity to devote time across each year for attending editorial board meetings.
  • The desire to develop editorial skills further within the role and a willingness to engage in training to this effect
  • A vision, enthusiasm, and creativity for the continuous development and transformation of the journal through understanding its commissioning and publication processes.

Application Instructions

To apply for the position of an Editorial Board member, please submit your CV and a brief covering letter through the link below.

For any questions regarding the role, please contact the journal's Portfolio Manager, Christine McDonald, 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.