IAFOR Journal of Education: Call for Issue Editor

The IAFOR Journal of Education Editor-in-Chief, Dr Joseph Haldane, is looking for an experienced researcher to be appointed as editor for the journal’s Studies in Education issue.

The new Editor will be responsible for one issue per year devoted to Studies in Education with the first issue for the new editor to be published December 17, 2021 (submissions open Monday, August 23, 2021).

About the Issue

The IAFOR Journal of Education: Studies in Education is the journal’s general issue. The issue encourages exploration of significant themes, exceptional programs and promising practice in fields including, but not exclusive to, early childhood, primary and secondary education, higher education, assessment, educational leadership and policy, and sustainable education. (See more about the Studies in Education issue's Aims & Scope.)

At the present time, the Studies in Education issue has a full review board in place with two Associate Editors, 21 Senior Reviewers and 13 Reviewers (see here). The newly appointed Editor will have a role in future appointments in these positions.

Role Description

The key roles of the journal editor are:

  • to promote scholarship in the field of education practice and research;
  • to encourage new and established authors to submit articles;
  • to establish a reliable panel of expert reviewers;
  • to ensure that any feedback to authors is constructive;
  • to offer feedback to reviewers when required;
  • to ensure that deadlines are met;
  • to liaise with the Journal’s Administrator in the review and processing of manuscripts;
  • to liaise with the Publications Manager regarding layout and cover art; and
  • to ensure that an issue is copy edited and submitted to the Editor-in-Chief for checking in a timely manner.


The editor should:

  • have a PhD in a relevant field;
  • have a strong publication record;
  • endeavour to be a leader in educational research and practice;
  • familiarise themselves with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ‘Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors’;
  • familiarise themselves with the journal article template and APA referencing in order to assist in making decisions about articles at the second level of submission (following pre-screening by the IAFOR Journal Administrator);
  • work as a team with Associate Editors, and the Editor-in-Chief as needed, in making important decisions about final acceptance or rejection of papers, cases of plagiarism, or complaints from authors or reviewers.

Writing the Application

There should be three separate sections to the application.
    1. A cover letter (no more than 1 page) explaining why you wish to be editor of the Studies in Education issue;
    2. A current CV (no more than 4 pages) which outlines:
      -       your qualifications,
      -       employment history,
      -       research interests in the field, and
      -       publication record;
    3. A statement explaining how you demonstrate the selection criteria outlined below. It can be useful to frame your response using the STAR technique (STAR = S ituation... T ask... A ction... R esult) where you use examples that demonstrate that you have that skill, knowledge or experience.
Selection Criteria
    • Prior reviewing and editorial experience in the required field;
    • Demonstrated excellent organisational and project management skills, and the ability to multitask, work under pressure, prioritise conflicting demands, and adapt to changing deadlines;
    • Proven ability to forge and maintain high-trust, respectful and collaborative working relationships, as well as working independently;
    • Demonstrated proactive, flexible and ‘hands on’ approach to work and ability to work effectively and achieve results in a changing environment;
    • Proven strong written and verbal communication skills and strong negotiation skills to deal with authors.

Submitting Application

Applications Close: Monday, June 7, 2021
Editor Appointment: Friday, July 2, 2021
Submissions Period: Monday, August 23 – Friday October 8, 2021
Target Publication Date: December 17, 2021
(The issue in 2022 is expected to follow approximately the same publication timeline.)

For more information and to submit your application, please contact journals.admin@iafor.org


Dr Joseph Haldane
Editor-in-Chief, IAFOR Journal of Education

About the Journal

The IAFOR Journal of Education is an internationally reviewed and editorially independent interdisciplinary journal associated with IAFOR’s international conferences on education. Like all IAFOR publications, it is freely available to read online, and is free of publication fees for authors. The first issue was published in May 2013, and the journal continues to publish a minimum of two issues per year.

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