Council Commentary

Call for Applications: Editor/Co-Editors, Studies in Family Planning

The Population Council invites applications for the position of Editor(s), Studies in Family Planning (SFP). Individual applications as well as applications for Co-Editors will be considered.  

The Editor/s will be appointed for a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2023. Population Council staff, including a managing editor and production editor, support journal operations—processing peer review, copyediting, and coordinating production tasks. SFP encourages applications from experts from all geographies and identities, and historically underrepresented and excluded groups. We welcome applications for Co-Editors of senior scholars working with mid-career scholars. Individuals who apply may be matched with a Co-Editor and should indicate their preference for/opposition to this in their applications.

Responsibilities
  • Ensure an efficient and fair peer review process, collaborating with the editorial committee to conduct initial assessments, identifying and securing reviewers, evaluating feedback, making editorial decisions, and communicating decisions to authors
  • Maintain, develop, and refine journal vision, scope, and strategic direction
  • Solicit content with a focus on rigor and contribution to the discipline
  • Host meetings with the editorial office and editorial committee
  • Collaborate with the editorial office on reporting, operations, and new initiatives
  • Recruit individuals to join the existing editorial committee
  • Advocate for the journal, developing its profile and reach
  • Communicate effectively with authors, reviewers, the editorial committee, editorial office, and other journal stakeholders
Selection criteria
  • Current or emeritus status with an academic, governmental, or relevant nonprofit institution
  • A strong record of scholarship within the content and methodological fields relevant to SFP and associated fields
  • Service and experience as a reviewer or editor, and scope of scientific network
  • Leadership, organizational, editorial, and project management skills in support of journal operations
  • Effective communication skills and embrace of new technologies
  • Understanding of innovations and shifts in scholarly publishing
  • Understanding of power asymmetries in knowledge production and scholarly publishing, and commitment to initiatives that bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to the community

Honorarium: The Population Council provides an annual honorarium. Arrangements with the Editor/Co-Editors and their institution will occur after the selection.

Send questions to: Rachel Friedman, Senior Managing Editor, rfriedman@popcouncil.org

Application deadline: June 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin in mid-May.

Submit your application.