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Call for Editors in Chief of Evidence & Policy

Applications are now closed


The Editorial Management Board of Evidence & Policy invites applications for the editorship of the journal to run for a period of three years from 1 January 2022, with the possibility of renewing for a second two-year term. It is hoped that the newly appointed Editors in Chief will work alongside the current ones from September 2021 prior to a final handover at the end of December.

Evidence & Policy is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to comprehensive and critical assessment of the relationship between researchers and the evidence they produce and the concerns of policy makers and practitioners. International in scope and interdisciplinary in focus, it addresses the needs of those who develop public policies, provide public services, or provide the research base for evaluation and development across a wide range of social and public policy issues, and those who are working to connect the two (such as knowledge brokers). As well as more traditional research articles, the journal includes contemporary debate pieces and articles from practice.

More information about the journal can be found here: policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/journals/evidence-and-policy.

Applications are invited for Co-Editors in Chief who reflect the multi-disciplinary and international nature of the journal in their expertise. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and develop the journal over the coming 3-5 years. The Editors in Chief, Associate Editors and Editorial Management Board work closely together, are very supportive and meet at least twice a year, either in person or virtually, to help inform future content of the journal. We are particularly interested in building a diverse editorial team with good international networks that better reflect the breadth of our intended readership.

Applications should include short CVs (no more than two pages each) highlighting relevant experience and a cover letter (up to two pages long) addressing the following:

  • Your vision and a clear editorial strategy for the journal to show how you would like to see it develop over the next five years.
  • How you will ensure the editorial team is soliciting and receiving articles that make substantial and meaningful contributions across the multiple fields that make up the journal’s scope.
  • How you will consolidate and increase Evidence & Policy’s growing international presence and ensure the high quality of articles published to achieve impressive results across a wide range of current quality indicators, including the Journal Impact Factor.
  • What you can bring to the journal in terms of your experience of working on other journals, your areas of relevant expertise and why you feel you meet the requirements of the role.
  • How you will work together and divide tasks and responsibilities between the editors.
  • How you will ensure effective team working.


Please also refer to the Evidence & Policy Editor in Chief Job Description and Personal Specification. Prospective applicants may like to informally contact members of the Selection Committee:

Julia Mortimer, Publisher, Julia.Mortimer@bristol.ac.uk
Katherine Smith, Co-Editor in Chief, katherine.smith.100@strath.ac.uk
Will Allen, Associate Editor, william.allen@compas.ox.ac.uk 
Justin Parkhurst, Chair of the Board, J.Parkhurst@lse.ac.uk 

Applications should be forwarded by email to Justin Parkhurst (J.Parkhurst@lse.ac.uk), Chair of the Editorial Management Board, no later than 31 May 2021.

All applications will be considered by the Selection Committee, and a shortlist of candidates will be interviewed. The selected candidates will enter into contract with Policy Press, the publisher of the journal. An Editorial Officer, who supports the day to day work of the journal, and a Social Media Editor, who helps promote the journal via Twitter and the journal blog, is in post until December 2021 (Michaelagh Broadbent) and we would be keen to explore the possibility of continuing this post under the new Editorship.