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Call for Editors of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Application deadline: 8 March 2021


The Editorial Management Board of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (JPSJ) invites applications for the editorship of the journal to run for a period of three years from 1 September 2021, with the possibility of renewing for a second two-year term. It is hoped that the newly appointed editors will work alongside the current ones from the beginning of June 2021 prior to a final handover at the end of August.

The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice provides an internationally unique forum for leading research on the themes of poverty and social justice. The journal explores poverty and social justice in relation to social security (broadly defined), employment, area regeneration, housing, health, education and criminal justice, as well as issues of ethnicity, gender, disability, and other social inequalities. The Journal encompasses an original and exciting mix of scholarly research articles and lively policy- and practice-oriented discussions of topical questions for its academic and applied audiences.

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Applications are invited from Co-Editors (or editorial teams) whose collective expertise demonstrates breadth in relation to methodologies, geographies and disciplines. The journal will also be seeking to recruit up to three Associate Editors. Prospective Co-Editors may either apply as a team (including Associate Editors), or separately with a view to issuing an open call for Associate Editors mid-2021.

While the journal is long-established, it is also changing rapidly, especially since the award of an impact factor, which has intensified the internationalisation of the journal. The editorial team will need to demonstrate a vision for how the journal should develop in the years ahead; how, collectively, they will be in a position to evaluate material on a wide range of topics relating to poverty and social justice from an increasingly international group of authors; and how they propose to manage the workload associated with editorship of the journal, both between the team of editors and in relation to their other work.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and develop the journal over the coming 3-5 years. The Editors, Section Editors and Editorial Management Board work very 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.

Applications should address the following questions:

  • 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?
  • How you will plan to consolidate and increase JPSJ’s growing international presence and ensure the high quality of articles published to achieve an impressive Journal Impact Factor?
  • Please set out 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.
  • Please include short CVs highlighting relevant experience.


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

Caroline Paskell, Chair of the Board, caroline.paskell@researchinpractice.org.uk
Julia Mortimer, Publisher, Julia.Mortimer@bristol.ac.uk
Rod Hick, Co-Editor, HickR@cardiff.ac.uk
Rod Dacombe, Board member and Reviews Editor, rod.dacombe@kcl.ac.uk

Applications should be forwarded by email to Caroline Paskell (caroline.paskell@researchinpractice.org.uk), Chair of the Editorial Management Board, no later than 8 March 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.