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06.06.16

Management in Education (MiE) 'The Journal of Professional Practice' provides a forum for debate and discussion covering all aspects of educational management. The journal is published four times per year by SAGE Publications and the scope of content includes research findings, opinion pieces and individual stories from all sectors of education. Articles are welcomed from academic, professional practice and policy communities working in educational settings, including international contributors. Its style is reflective of this audience. The journal is provided to BELMAS members as a membership benefit and is distributed both in hard copy and electronic format.

The MiE Editor is appointed by the BELMAS Council and the Editorship is open to BELMAS members and non members. The successful candidate will be invited to become a member on appointment. Applications are invited from individuals and from pairs/small groups who may wish to edit the journal jointly. 

The Advisory Board has undertaken a review and seeks to bolster the style of MiE in line with the BELMAS commitment to facilitate collaboration between practitioners and academics within and across educational sectors without compromising on academic rigour. It is intended that interactivity will be promoted through the development of links to online discussion threads and with collaborative engagement with those responsible for the Society's membership and international affairs. The Advisory Board are looking for an enhanced orientation towards an international focus developing potential for comparative work in particular. 

About the role

The Editor is responsible for the operational management of the journal. The journal is hosted on manuscript central, and all submissions are electronic. The editor's responsibilities include:

  • deciding whether submitted papers should be reviewed.
  • allocating referees (usually two) for each paper accepted for review. 
  • making decisions based on referees' advice — this might be 'accept', 'minor revision', 'major revision', or reject. 
  • repeating these processes for resubmitted papers. 
  • planning the four issues of MiE and submitting contents pages and editorials to the publisher (Sage). 

The Editor will chair the International Advisory Board which meets twice a year. The composition of the Board is drawn from a diverse mix of research academics, practitioners and education consultants. The function of the Board is to review and approve submissions for publication and to ensure that articles are suitable and ready for publication. In addition, it is a contractual obligation with the publisher that the Editorial Board conducts itself with accepted ethical and peer-review standards and that the Editor in particular:

  • maintains and promotes consistent ethical policies for their journals 
  • oversees and acts to enforce those policies as needed in a fair and consistent manner 
  • ensures the confidentiality of the review process
  • exercises the highest standards of personality integrity in their work as editor of the journal, recognising and planning for instances where they could have a competing interest or the appearance of a competing interest 
  • works with authors, reviewers, and Editorial Board members as necessary to ensure they are sufficiently advised regarding their journals’ ethics and publishing policies and that the journal’s stewardship on ethical matters is fair, unbiased, and timely.

The term of office for this role is 5 years with a review after 1 year.

About you (requirements)

The successful candidate will have substantial experience of professional practice, writing and publishing beyond academic audiences. The successful candidate is coopted on to BELMAS National Council which meets four times a year in the UK. 

The Editor will receive an annual honorarium of £2,500 to cover administrative expenses, including if desired, the employment of part-time administrative assistance and the reimbursement of travel costs for attendance at Editorial Board and Council meetings.

How to Apply

Applications must include a letter of application, specifically referring to why you are particularly qualified for the role of Editor of MiE and how you see your role in the future development and direction of the Journal (maximum of 2 sides of A4). A CV should also be submitted.

To submit your application, please e-mail completed application documents to info@belmas.org.uk by 24th June 2016. If you wish to discuss the position informally before applying, please contact the current editor, Linda Hammersley-Fletcher by email (L.Hammersley-Fletcher@mmu.ac.uk).

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 25th July in Birmingham. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will officially take up the post of Editor in August 2016 following a hand over period with the current Editor.

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