Researcher Editor wanted

Call for Expressions of Interest

Editor of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning (AJAL)The Australian Journal of Adult Learning (AJAL) has been published on behalf of Adult Learning Australia Inc for over 50 years and during that time has become the seminal publication in the field of adult learning in Australia as well as being recognised internationally. It received an A rating in the 2010 ERA (Excellence in Research in Australia) journal ranking exercise.

AJAL is published three times each year and promotes critical thinking and research in the field of adult learning as well as the theory, research and practice of adult and community education. Each issue features articles that have been double, blind-peer refereed as well as some practitioner articles and reviews.

We are looking for a new editor for 2013 onwards due to the retirement from the editorial role of our current editor Professor Roger Harris.

The role of editor includes:

  • Calling for papers, and managing the “double, blind peer review” process using an editorial board and invited peer reviewers,
  • Editing, proofreading and formatting all materials ready for printing,
  • Seeking out contributions where necessary to ensure a strong balance and high quality of articles,
  • Managing an editorial board made up of Australian and Internationally recognized experts in the field of Adult Learning,
  • Supporting a guest editor to edit  an issue from time to time on a specialist theme.

The Editor works with 2 Sub-Editors and an Editorial Board. Our expectation is that the new editor will revise and refresh the current Editorial Board.

The position is voluntary, however, a stipend of $1000 per issue is available to support the role.

Sales, printing and distribution of the journal are managed by ALA support staff.

Our expectation is that the new editor will start from the beginning of 2013. We are looking for someone willing to make an initial commitment of between 3 – 5 years.

Selection Criteria

  1. A history of publication and research in the Adult Learning and / or Adult and Community Education fields.
  2. Proven ability to manage the processes associated with a complex publishing activity.

Expressions of interest of no more than 750 words, addressing the criteria above, should be sent to Sally Thompson, CEO of Adult Learning Australia s.thompson@ala.asn.au by 5 November 2012 for consideration by the ALA Board.

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