Call for Editor-in-Chief

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Call for Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Deadline
31 August 2020

The Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) is seeking applications for the Editor-in-Chief position. The Editor-in-Chief will begin their appointment as the Associate Editor for JGSW for a period of approximately 6 months prior to transitioning to the Editor-in-Chief role. As Associate Editor, the selected applicant will work closely with the current Editor-in-Chief to learn the role and processes of leading JGSW and is expected to actively engage with the current Editor-in-Chief to transition into that role. The appointment to Associate Editor will occur as early as July 1, 2020. The Associate Editor will fully assume the Editor-in-Chief role on January 1, 2021 with a multi-year appointment. In the fall of 2020, applications for a new Associate Editor will be sought with an appointed start date of January 2021 with a multi-year appointment.

The Journal of Gerontological Work is the official journal of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW).  JGSW was established in 1978 and has evolved into a publication with a strong international emphasis and in 2020 remains the only English-language peer-reviewed journal focused on social work with older adults. JGSW first gained an Impact Factor in 2017. Its 2018 Impact Factor is .849. JGSW publishes 8 issues per year. In addition to the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor, JGSW is staffed by a Managing Editor and a Book, Media, and Resource Review Editor.

All editorial staff of JGSW are required to be members of AGESW. Questions about the position and applications for the Editor-in-Chief position can be emailed to the JGSW search committee chair, Dr. Joan Davitt at [email protected].  Applicants are required to submit a CV, a statement of interest that includes their vision for the journal, and two letters of recommendation from academic colleagues. A letter of support may be requested from the applicant’s institution by the search committee. All materials should be submitted by May 30th, 2020. For more information about the JGSW and AGESW go to https://agesw.org/.

Position descriptions:

The Associate Editor takes direction from and works collaboratively with the Editor-in-Chief to ensure the smooth operation of the JGSW. This position works collaboratively with the Managing Editor and the Book, Media, and Resource Review Editor. The Associate Editor’s primary responsibility for JGSW is manuscript review. Duties include:

  • Reviewing manuscripts including decisions of fit, selection of reviewers, and decisions of acceptance.
  • Communicating with authors and reviewers as needed regarding substantive manuscript content and review questions.
  • Ensuring consistency in publication standards across reviewed manuscripts.
  • Adhering to industry publication standards and protocols (e.g. COPE guidelines), publication policies of Taylor & Francis and related federal and international guidelines.
  • Coordinating with the Editor-in-Chief to assure consistency across the manuscript review process.

The Editor-in-Chief has primary responsibility for all editorial functions of the Journal including:

  • The review of all manuscripts including decisions of fit, selection of reviewers, and decisions of acceptance.
  • Ensuring consistency in publication standards across accepted manuscripts.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to ensuring continual manuscript flow in order to achieve Taylor & Francis publication targets.
  • Adherence to industry publication standards and protocols (e.g. COPE guidelines), publication policies of Taylor & Francis and related federal and international guidelines.
  • Review of all manuscript proof copies in the CATS system.
  • Recommendation of new and renewal Editorial Board member appointments to the JGSW Executive Committee.
  • Communicating with authors and reviewers as needed regarding substantive manuscript content and review questions.
  • Communicating and working with Taylor & Francis editorial and production staff in regard to issues of review procedures and guidelines, Journal production management timelines and procedures, standardized Taylor & Francis Journal content and guidelines (i.e. mission & scope), Journal marketing, and other industry related issues such as Impact Factor ratings, open access, etc.
  • Communicating with AGESW in a timely manner regarding the status of the Journal including its operations and performance, concerns or initiatives from Taylor & Francis, and/or other substantive issues that may affect the success of the journal.

The Journal of Gerontological Social Work aims to be the leading voice in thought development, research, educational training, and professional practice in the field of gerontological social work. We publish articles across a wide range of domains and settings of gerontological social work including, but not limited to, theoretical analysis, original research using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods, clinical interventions, knowledge translation, systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and policy analysis. We seek manuscripts that advance the field of gerontological social work in the United States and internationally. The Journal of Gerontological Social Work accepts manuscripts on a broad range of issues such as social and economic justice, health and wellness, productivity and engagement, informal and formal care, supports and services, safety and abuse, social networks, marginalized and minority populations, neighborhoods and housing, and other topics related to aging and social work. We use a double-blind peer-review process to evaluate all manuscripts. Our articles provide timely and relevant information for researchers, educators, and practice professionals.