Call for Editor-in-Chief for Australian Planner

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Call for Editor-in-Chief 

Australian Planner

7 October 2020

About the Journal

Australian Planner is Australia's leading peer reviewed journal for the planning profession in Australia and the Pacific Region. Readership includes those involved in the planning profession including government officials, university staff and students, urban designers, urban, regional, social, environmental, economic and transport planners, as well as those involved in related industries, both nationally and overseas. Australian Planner provides the planning profession in Australia and Pacific Region with a platform for:

  • Content related directly to informing, educating and interesting those in the planning and the built environment sectors across Australia and internationally 
  • To offer content on a wide spectrum of planning related issues and to relate these issues to the built environment in the 21st century 
  • To ensure that planners have a forum for mature and informed discussion and debate on relevant topics
  • To assist in determining and promoting the cause of environmentally sustainable planning practices 
  • To continually improve the professional reputation and standing of Australian planners 

The journal is published quarterly, distributed in March, June, September and December each year. Australian Planner is indexed and abstracted in Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online); EBSCOhost Art & Architecture Complete, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, GeoRef, TOC Premier, Urban Studies Abstracts; APAIS: Australian Public Affairs Information Service (Online); Scopus and Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index.

For more information on the journal, please visit


About the Role

The appointment is for three years, renewable for a further three-year term subject to mutual agreement. Taylor & Francis will provide advice, support and performance analysis of the journal, as well as an annual honorarium. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will begin in an onboarding capacity on 1st November 2020, and officially take over as EiC on 1st January 2021, when the current EiC steps down.


The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for the following:

  • Processing and co-ordinating the peer review process for new contributions to the journal via the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ peer review system and ensuring that all reviewers and authors uphold the journal’s code of publishing ethics.
  • Making final decisions on submissions as a subject expert, providing feedback to authors, and working with Taylor & Francis to prepare accepted submissions for publication.
  • Identifying strategies to enhance and maintain the quality and reputation of the journal, particularly with relation to the quality and timeliness of the published research.
  • Supervising (and helping to recruit) an editorial team. Working with Taylor & Francis and the Editorial Board to develop the editorial strategy and direction/focus of the journal and acting as an ambassador for the journal.
  • Commissioning special issues and assigning topical Guest Editors; Soliciting submissions in line with editorial strategy.
  • Reviewing and expanding the Editorial Board, Editorial team and pool of reviewers as necessary, in terms of size, subject specialisms and geographical representation.


Candidate Qualifications

Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in Planning and be actively involved with networks within the field. Key qualities sought for the position of Editor-in-Chief include energy, enthusiasm, project management skills to oversee the editorial cycle, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with a major commercial publisher. Applicants should have clear employer or institutional support for this activity for the duration of the three-year appointment, including release time as necessary and general office support. The submissions, peer review and production systems operate entirely online, and candidates should be comfortable working with a variety of technologies, although full training and support will be provided.


Submitting your Application

Interested candidates are requested to email a letter of interest and a full C.V., including a list of published papers, to [email protected]

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Taylor Francis will judge each application on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate. Interviews will be held online, with shortlisted candidates contacted in September 2020. Taylor & Francis is also open to joint applications for shared editorial responsibilities, with two or more Co-Editors applying.

 Further Notes

The outgoing Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Professor Neil Sipe, is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the post informally and can be contacted at: [email protected]



Australian Planner is Australia's leading peer reviewed journal for the planning profession, and is the most read and influential planning journal in Australia and the Pacific Region. It is published quarterly, distributed in March, June, September and December each year.