Journal for the Study of Education and Development: Call for Editor-in-Chief

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Call for Editor-in-Chief

Journal for the Study of Education and Development


1 October 2021

About the Role

We are looking for our next Editor-in-Chief!

Qualifications and requirements of candidates:

The main qualities needed are:

• An established record of scholarship in the field of developmental psychology
• Management skills to supervise the full editorial cycle from manuscript submission through publication and to meet deadlines; and the ability to recruit for the Editorial Board renowned experts with a similar skill set.
• We will highly value candidates that intend to adopt an active, ambitious and purposeful editorial role, with creative, solid ideas for the journal’s present and future.

The role also implies the following responsibilities:

-Providing with a clear vision for the direction of the journal during his/her tenure as Editor, as well as advancing the means intended to attain it.

-Assembling a team of Associate Editors, sufficient in number to guarantee expertise of all subdisciplines covered by the journal, as well as to carry out all manuscripts’ peer-review in the language/s admitted.

-Selecting an ample pool of competent, timely reviewers, highly literate in the language/s admitted. The journal will also provide with its current reviewer database.

-Identifying and appointing members of international renown and prestige to the Editorial Board.

-Processing 150-200 manuscripts per year (of which generally about 25% are sent for review, the remaining 75% being initially dismissed) via Editorial Manager, an online manuscript submission and peer-review management system.

-Having full, clear institutional support for the duration of the tenure, including additional release time, office space, utilities, use of computers and other equipment, economic support for a full time Managing Editor*, student workers and/or other basic expenses.

*As a Taylor & Francis / Routledge publication, Journal for the Study of Education and Development may be able to provide partial financial support in the form of a modest annual stipend.


The minimum term is three years, renewable by mutual consent for further terms, starting in 2022. Usually, two three-year terms allow sufficient time to implement and see through the incoming Editor’s vision and plan for the journal.

The Editor elect and his/her office should be fully operational by January 1st, 2022 in order to begin reviewing new manuscripts.

Main Editorial Goals for this Term:

1. Addressing cultural change

In the presentation of the first issue, the founders set a goal for the journal: to cover an area which until then was, at least in Spain, lacking in systematic and scientific studies – the child and her learning. The present situation is very different, as scientific research has grown exponentially in this and other areas, but there is one aspect in which those foundational goals are still relevant, and indeed pressing.

Today, more than ever, we live in a rapidly-changing world, in which new contexts of activity, both physical and virtual, are mixing with traditional settings, even replacing them to a large extent. Children’s lives and contexts, and inextricably their learning, have changed substantially. This restructuring of the psychological, educational and cultural contexts of children calls for a parallel restructuring of psychological, educational and cultural research. Only thus will we be able to anticipate and better prepare for present and future challenges.

Thus, we wish to reinvigorate the aims set over 40 years ago, transcending development and education as a mostly formal, school-based process, and delving into its cultural, ecological, social, and emotional roots. To understand child development in this completely new era, and to maximize the impact of developmental research in, it is paramount to encompass all contexts of activity, education and development, most pressingly those that have suffer such profound, intrinsic changes.

2. Strengthening international projection

Our commitment as a Foundation is to advancing scientific knowledge by publishing high-quality works that are interesting to researchers worldwide, who read and cite our journals because they find them relevant and groundbreaking.

As part of our long-term strategy towards reaching a globalized audience (see Journal History below), we seek to establish Journal for the Study of Education and Development as an internationally relevant, go-to source in the cultural study of human education and development.

3. Increasing the journal’s Impact Factor

Submitting Your Application

Applicants should send a letter of application to [email protected], including their vision for the future of the journal and a succinct description of their qualifications for the editorship (see requirements above). Applicants should also include copies of their CV, and documentation indicating prospective institutional support if available.

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential and will be judged on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.

For further information, please contact:

Miguel del Río
Director of Publications
Fundación Infancia y Aprendizaje

[email protected]


Journal for the Study of Education and Development publishes original articles on developmental and educational psychology.

Founded in 1978, and published by Fundación Infancia y Aprendizaje (FIA), in association with Routledge / Taylor and Francis, the journal brings together studies on learning, development processes, applied educational research and intervention in educational settings. Works published includes studies on the psychology of childhood education, development and learning, as well as all aspects of education and learning throughout the life-span. All published papers are peer-reviewed and published in both English and Spanish.

Historically, many important researchers have participated in the journal as authors and/or members of the Editorial Board: J. Belsky, J. Bruner, U. Bronfenbrenner, M. Cole, M. Gauvain, D. C. Geary, Y. M Goodman, J. Goodnow, P. M. Greenfield, P. Harris, B. Inhelder, A. Karmiloff-Smith, D. Khun, L. M. Laosa, L. C. Moll, K. Nelson, D. Olson, B. Rogoff, G. Salomon, C. Snow, G. B. Saxe, M. Scardamalia, H. R. Schaffer, I. Sigel… Today, it publishes the latest research by developmental psychologists and educators from all over the world.

You may visit Prospectives in Developmental Psychology, a free-to-access collection of some of the journal’s most interesting articles, at:

Journal for the Study of Education and Development will be of interest to development and education researchers, education professionals (counsellors, teachers) and intervention professionals (child psychologists, educational psychologists).

You may also view and download this full Call for Papers at: