Editor needed for

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

31 August 2024

About the role

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (PESP) is currently recruiting for an Editor. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and who also has the commitment, drive, and ability to help develop the journal. As part of this role, you 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.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

The role will formally begin January 2nd 2025, with an agreed handover period with the outgoing Editor David Kirk commencing as soon as possible after the appointment. This is to not only ensure a seamless transition, but to also provide guidance for the incoming Editor. The role following a successful probationary period is for an initial term of 3 years.

About the journal

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Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy is the official research journal of the Association for Physical Education (afPE). The journal provides a forum for high quality educational research intended to have a high impact on both policy and practice for a national and international readership.

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy publishes research that reports educational practices in all appropriate contexts including, but not limited to, school physical education, club sport, and active leisure programs. The journal considers papers that discuss a broad range of physical activities, including aquatics, dance, exercise, gymnastics, outdoor and adventure activities, meditative and martial arts and sport.

Pedagogy in these contexts refers to the interacting and interdependent components of knowledge and curriculum, learners and learning, and teachers/coaches, teaching/coaching and teacher/coach education. The journal particularly welcomes papers that consider the interactions of each of these components and their practice in specific contexts.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • The capacity to devote time each week to the role, and to attend Editorial Board meetings and training sessions as needed.
  • The ability to ensure all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system and ensure members of the editorial team do the same.
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A commitment to engaging promptly and efficiently with Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers to implement necessary processes and improvements.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour as well as knowledge of the COPE guidelines and commitment to ensure that the journal adheres to strict ethical standards at all times.
  • A willingness to proactively lead the journal’s Editorial Board, to include arranging and leading Editorial Board meetings.
  • A proven track record as a key opinion leader and known figure within your academic discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance and experience of networking through social media and liaising with afPE’s comms lead.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the open access publishing environment.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal.

Additionally, the Editor will:

  • Exercise professional editorial discretion in relation to all matters associated with managing the journal.
  • Commission quality papers within the fields of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.
  • Receive and read papers submitted to, organise and process reviews for, and make final decisions on edits and publication for all issues of the journal.
  • In conjunction with the Associate Editors and Editorial Board, take a leading role in monitoring the quality of the journal and how well it meets reader needs and interests to ensure that the journal continues to be a leader within its academic communities.
  • Be able to provide updates as requested by the line manager.

Application Instructions

Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter, and a Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 1 page 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
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors
  • How you would work with the Association for Physical Education to promote the journal and ensure continued high quality

For any questions or the role profile, please contact [email protected].

We welcome applications from across the sector highlighting how the applicant can demonstrate commitment to the Association for Physical Education’s strategic vison.

Additionally, current Editor David Kirk is happy to be contacted with any questions specific to the role of Editor and can be contacted by email on [email protected].

Applications are due by 12:00pm BST (British Summer Time) on August 31st, 2024. 


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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.