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We are recruiting!

Harm Reduction Journal is recruiting co-Deputy Editors. As the growth and impact of the journal continues, we must also ensure that it is able to cope with increased submissions and stay relevant to established and emerging fields in the harm reduction field. Therefore, we are looking to expand our editorial team.

We encourage applications from researchers with a background in a range of subject areas pertaining to harm reduction in public health, as well as journal editorial experience at an Associate Editor level or higher

Harm Reduction Journal is the leading open access journal in the field of harm reduction and publishes impactful research on policies and programs which aim to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of legal and illegal psychoactive drug use without necessarily reducing drug consumption. The journal is also expanding into new areas, including gambling, incarceration and sex work.

Who are we looking for?

We are interested in individuals who are engaged and are willing to work with Prof. Nick Crofts, Editor-in-Chief, to handle manuscripts submitted to the journal. More details on specific roles and responsibilities are included below.

You should hold an Associate Professor or similar academic post and have a minimum of fifty research papers published in reputable peer-review journals, including a track-record of relevant work in harm reduction and public health research. You should also have good editorial experience in an Associate Editor position or higher and familiarity with the open access model.

Role and Responsibilities

As co-Deputy Editor, you will support the Editor-in-Chief in overseeing management of the Editorial Board and editorial workflow, including the peer-review process, editorial standards and decision policies and, where required, making editorial decisions. Key performance indicators include rapid publication, sound peer-review practices, high levels of service to authors and engagement from Editorial Board Members.

Manuscript preparation

  • A key responsibility will be the initial triage of manuscripts submitted to the journal. Under the mentorship of the Editor-in-Chief, you will review all (approximately 25 submitted monthly) newly submitted manuscripts for their suitability for publication, based on scope, relevance and quality, before assigning the submission to a Section Editor who will organise peer-review.
  • You will liaise with Section Editors and Editorial Board members to ensure appropriate standards and decision policies are adhered to at all times. Section Editors have the responsibility of making final decisions and, following the guidance of the Editor-in-Chief, you must ensure these are made appropriately and intervene if required.
  • Based on numerical data and key performance indicators, and with the assistance of the journal’s in-house editorial team, you will ensure that Section Editors are maintaining good relationships with an engaged team of peer-reviewers who are reliably upholding the high standards of the journal.

Journal Development

  • Following the lead of the Editor-in-Chief, you will assist Section Editors in the development and publication of Thematic Series that are highly relevant to emerging ideas in the field of harm reduction. This will include judging potential Guest Editors and Advisory boards.
  • Under the mentorship of the Editor-in-Chief, you will judge the balance of submissions to each section of the journal and encourage Section Editors to commission impactful content as required.
  • You will provide input to policy development initiatives and implement editorial policy, as required

Journal advocacy

  • You will represent Harm Reduction Journal at international/national conferences and institutional visits, as required.
  • You will be an active member of the Springer Nature editorial community, engaging with editorial colleagues on other journals and assisting the Editor-in-Chief in driving collaboration on projects as necessary.

Our Deputy Editors will receive training, and our in-house editorial team will also provide ample administrative support. The Editor-in-Chief will liaise with you frequently to give guidance and advice on all journal matters.

If you are interested in becoming a Deputy Editor for Harm Reduction Journal, please complete the following form.

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