Call for Expressions of Interest: New Editor for the Australian Journal of Social Issues

The Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA) invites applications to be a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues (AJSI) for a period of three-years from early 2016. The new co-editor will work alongside the current editor Boyd Hunter.

The AJSI has contributed to the development of interdisciplinary analysis of social and policy issues in Australia for over half a century and is now the sole Australian journal concerned with issues of social policy and social justice. Published quarterly, it provides an inter-disciplinary forum for debate on significant and controversial social policy issues, dealing with questions of social justice, broadlydefined. Articles discuss particular social issues, review conceptual problems, advance theories, present empirical studies, analyse issues concerning the making and implementation of social policy and debate the future direction of social policy.

The AJSI is the flagship publication of the ASPA, a non-profit organisation and professional association of social policy researchers, educators, practitioners and policy-makers. The APSA promotes debate and increased understanding of social policy in Australia and productive collaborations between those working in and researching social policy locally and internationally. The journal is editorially independent of ASPA and the universities to which the editor(s) and contributors are affiliated. It is a fully peer-reviewed journal,indexed in Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), ISI Thomson Scientific Index and by the Australian Public Affairs Information Service(APAIS).

The journal is now established on a widely used electronic submission and review platform, ScholarOne. There are currently several associate editors with specialist expertise who are working with the editors to ensure the timely and rigorous assessment of manuscripts.The opportunity to appoint further associate editors and to develop and further engage the Editorial Board will be open to the new Editor(s).

Expressions of Interest are invited from individuals. In your expression of interest you should discuss what, as editor, you would bring to the AJSI, how you might build the reputation of the journal, how you could help the journal increase its reach, especially in terms of international contributors and international profile.  You should also mention how you would share the tasks with the other editor, Boyd Hunter

Interested parties are invited, in advance of submitting a formal application, to contact the current editors and/or the ASPA president of for more information about the requirements of the role.

Editors: Associate Professor Boyd Hunter (Boyd.Hunter@anu.edu.au)   &  Dr Julie Lahn (julie.lahn@anu.edu.au).

President of ASPA:  Professor Adam Graycar (adam.graycar@flinders.edu.au).

Expressions of Interest should be forwarded by email to Professor Graycar no later than 15 December 2015.

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