Call for Editor-in-Chief

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Call for Editor-in-Chief


30 May 2021

About the Role

Taylor & Francis is looking to recruit a new Editor-in-Chief for Ergonomics for 2021. Ergonomics is the official Journal of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and is a leading journal in its field with a 60 year tradition of disseminating high quality research. A comprehensive listing of topics covered in the journal can be found on the journal’s Aims & Scope page. The Journal is included in many important bibliographic databases like MEDLINE, Scopus, and Web of Science.

We are seeking a new Editor-in-Chief (EiC) who has an outstanding track record of research or scholarship in ergonomics and the passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. It is a significant role, but one that is achievable and extremely rewarding.

Becoming the Editor-in-Chief of a journal is a 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. The Editor-in-Chief is supported by a team of Editors and an international Editorial Board.  The Board can form the core of the journal’s reviewer base, assist with the peer-review process for submitted manuscripts, promote the journal to their networks and regions, as well as help to advise on the strategic direction of the journal. 

Working collaboratively with the journal Editors, Editorial Board and the Publisher, the successful candidate will undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Overseeing all editorial aspects of the Journal by ensuring the highest standards of academic rigor are present on Ergonomics.
  • Identifying strategies to enhance the quality and reputation of Ergonomics.
  • Soliciting, receiving, and processing new contributions to the journal through the peer review system, ensuring that all reviewers and authors uphold the journal's Code of Publishing Ethics.
  • Encouraging the submission of manuscripts from both established researchers in the field and promising early career researchers.
  • Review and expand the pool of reviewers as necessary, in terms of size, topic specialty, and geographical representation.
  • Implementing improvements to the overall editorial structure of Ergonomics and interacting with board members for receipt of reviews, recommendations, decisions, etc.
  • Determining the Aims & Scope of the journal and updating as necessary to ensure constant alignment with editorial strategy.
  • Chairing and directing editorial board meetings.
  • Acting as spokesperson for Ergonomics in public forums, meetings, and conferences.
  • Developing and maintaining beneficial links with other journals and associated organizations.
  • Assuring that the integrity and reputation of the journal is maintained at all times, by adhering to the publishing ethics outlined in COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Application Procedure:

Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Is eligible and willing to become at least a Registered Member (ideally Chartered Member) of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Someone who is active in the community with strong interpersonal networks
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions
  • Strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner
  • The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues
  • Someone who will act as spokesperson for Ergonomics in public forums, meetings, and conferences
  • A history of previous publications and experience as a reviewer for journals
  • Previous editorial experience, which could include membership of a journal editorial board or acting as a special issue guest editor
  • Experience using online submission systems
  • The successful candidate must be able to assess the scientific merit of research papers, provide editorial direction, and stay abreast of and discuss scientific developments at a high level with academics and practitioners during travel to conferences

If you would like to apply for the position of Editor-in-Chief, please forward your CV, a cover letter, and a vision statement to Portfolio Manager, Ishtiaque Shams at [email protected] by 31 May 2021. 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
  • You are welcome to comment on the current Aims & Scope and Editorial Board, identifying any changes or improvements you would seek to make.


We will invite you to an interview if you are shortlisted.


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Ergonomics, also known as human factors, is the scientific discipline that seeks to understand and improve human interactions with products, equipment, environments and systems. Drawing upon human biology, psychology, engineering and design, Ergonomics aims to develop and apply knowledge and techniques to optimise system performance, whilst protecting the health, safety and well-being of individuals involved. The attention of ergonomics extends across work, leisure and other aspects of our daily lives.