Call for Editor or Co-Editors, Middle School Journal

Applications due June 1, 2017

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) invites applications for the editorship of Middle School Journal, the leading scholarly journal of middle level education. Middle School Journal is a peer-reviewed publication that maintains the highest standard of quality of content and serves as a source of information that influences policy and affects change in practice. This is an off-site position that is typically housed at a university.

The editor may work alone or may partner with an existing editor or another new co-editor (the final relationship will be determined by negotiation with the candidate selected).

Qualifications

  • An established record of scholarship in the field of middle level education
  • Demonstrated ability to manage editorial processes and meet deadlines
  • Experience as a published writer and editor or reviewer for academic publications
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • General understanding of design and production of printed materials
  • Clear support from the candidate’s employer or institution
  • Editorial teams—perhaps two faculty members—may apply. Team applications should include a proposal from the team’s institution(s) describing their experience and level of institutional support.

Responsibilities

  • Provide and implement a vision for the journal
  • Solicit experts for manuscript review
  • Lead and maintain the mission, purpose, and membership of the Editorial Board
  • Plan each issue (Jan, Mar, May, Sept, Nov) to be a current and valuable resource for readers
  • Solicit manuscripts and department columns
  • Manage, with the support of Taylor & Francis' Editorial Manager site and staff, the peer review of more than 200 manuscripts submitted per year
  • Assist in developing online features and promotions related to Middle School Journal
  • Collaborate with AMLE leadership/staff as well as Taylor & Francis staff to produce the journal to meet members’ and the association’s needs
  • Serve as a representative of the association

Application Information

Review of applications will commence June 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin with a transition period starting July 1, 2017, with full responsibilities commencing September 1, 2017 and volume 49 of the publication. This is a three-year, renewable commitment.

Applicants should prepare (a) a letter of interest including vision statement that identifies goals and plans for the content of the journal, (b) a resume or vita, (c) two examples each of recently published articles and editing work, (d) a letter of support from the applicant’s home institution, and (e) a reference external to the applicant’s home institution.

Send to:

William Waidelich at wwaidelich@amle.org
Association for Middle Level Education
4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300
Westerville, Ohio 43081


Job Description

Summary: The editor sets a vision, selects themes, encourages manuscript submissions, and facilitates the peer review process to produce each edition of Middle School Journal as a high-quality research-based resource that is valued by middle grades educators and others engaged in the education of young adolescents. Middle School Journal is a benefit of membership in the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). The editor reports to the executive director.

Qualifications:

  1. An established record of scholarship in the field of middle level education
  2. Experience as a published writer or editor
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage editorial processes and meet deadlines
  4. Excellent grasp of English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  5. Knowledge of APA style
  6. Meticulous attention to detail
  7. General understanding of design and production of printed materials
  8. Exceptional communications skills
  9. Friendly, team-oriented attitude
  10. Clear support from the candidate’s employer or institution
General Duties:
  1. Develop Middle School Journal as a resource that is useful to practitioners and researchers.
  2. Maintain and enhance the reputation of Middle School Journal through the publication of high-quality research and research-based material and through personal promotion of the values of the publication at conferences, workshops, and lectures.
  3. Work with AMLE and Taylor & Francis staff members to create and implement editorial policy, meeting the highest ethical standards for research publications.
  4. Oversee and guide the manuscript selection process using the Editorial Manager System:
    1. Review all manuscripts submitted to the publications and make decisions about suitability for review.
    2. Determine at least three reviewers for each manuscript.
    3. Determine—in light of advice from the reviewers—rejections, acceptances, and requests for resubmissions, so as to maintain the academic quality of the publication.
    4. Contact authors regarding manuscript status and suggested edits.
  5. Edits all articles, working with authors as necessary to rewrite, fine tune, and focus.
  6. Work with Editorial Board members to implement initiatives and practices that enhance the outreach and influence of the publication.
  7. Work with authors, AMLE, Taylor & Francis staff members, and proofreaders to prepare final edited text for layout.
  8. Write editor column for Middle School Journal and other content for each journal’s issue.
  9. Review and approve the layout of each issue.
  10. Monitor production schedules to ensure completion by deadlines.
  11. Create calls for manuscripts and oversee distribution of calls (Web, print, ads, etc.)
  12. Solicit, maintain communication with, and recognize/thank manuscript reviewers.
  13. Set submission and acceptance rate goals, and track and communicate status on a yearly basis.
  14. Supervise the response to appeals, complaints, and suggestions from readers, and ethical problems regarding published work (e.g., possible duplicate publication, scientific fraud, etc.).
  15. Serve as a member of the AMLE Publications Team.
  16. Serve as ex-officio member of the Research Advisory Committee.
  17. Attend the annual AMLE Conference to promote and advance the journal.

Before Each Volume Year Begins

  1. Provide and implement a vision for the publication.
  2. Advise on content and features of Middle School Journal.
  3. Solicit experts to the manuscript review board and provide ongoing direction.
  4. Plan each issue to be a current and valuable resource for readers.
  5. Work with AMLE and Taylor & Francis staff members to establish volume year schedules and deadlines.
  6. Consult with AMLE, Taylor & Francis, and/or the Editorial Board to establish content for each issue.
  7. Work with columnists as needed and appropriate.
  8. Assist in developing online features and promotions related to Middle School Journal.
  9. Solicit feature manuscripts, articles, columns, and special sections for each issue.

Miscellaneous

  1. Responds to phone and email inquiries about AMLE publications.
  2. Edits additional print and online content as mutually agreed.

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