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Recruiting for Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Family Communication

15 February 2023

About the role

Would you like to be the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Family Communication?

Journal of Family Communication is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief with an academic background in communication and the scholarship and theory that relates to the intersection of family communication and social systems (mass media, education, healthcare, law and policy). It is a significant role, with high profile, but one that is achievable within a continuing busy working academic timetable.

The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight, decision-making on submissions, and driving the journal forward during an exciting period of change. 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 remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses, assist in organizing regular board meetings, and supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the Journal. The Journal utilizes the online editorial office system ScholarOne.

Becoming the 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.

About the journal

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The Journal of Family Communication (JFC) publishes original, theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous scholarship that advances the understanding of the communication processes within or about families as well as research that addresses issues related to the intersection between family communication and social systems, such as mass media, education, health care, and law and policy. JFC is methodologically inclusive and welcomes quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, and critical research. JFC also welcomes multidisciplinary scholarship from related fields, such as family studies, social psychology, and sociology.

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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:

  • Active involvement in the research community with strong personal networks
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions
  • Awareness of the scholarly publishing landscape, particularly as it relates to open access
  • Strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner
  • The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as associate editors and editorial board members

The role will formally begin on January 1, 2024. There will be an agreed handover period with the out-going Editor-in-Chief to ensure seamless transition.

Application Instructions

If you would like to apply for the position of Editor-in-Chief please submit your CV, a cover letter, and a vision statement by February 15, 2023. 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 editorial board
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors


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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