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We are recruiting!

Harm Reduction Journal is recruiting Section 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 harm reduction. 

The journal is aiming to distribute responsibility of managing submissions and generating impact to a Section Editor(s) for each key specialty within the field of harm reduction and public health policy. 

We encourage applications from researchers that have a strong focus on particular areas of harm reduction and public health, as well as journal experience at an Associate Editor level or higher. Please see below for specific sections where we are recruiting.

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 newer areas of research, 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 two co-Deputy Editors and Prof. Nick Crofts, Editor-in-Chief, to handle manuscripts submitted to the journal. 

You should hold an Associate Professor or similar academic post and have a minimum of forty 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.

We are specifically recruiting Section Editors for the following fields, although we welcome applications for fields not currently represented on our Editorial Board:

  • Gambling harm reduction
  • Sex work harm reduction

Role and Responsibilities

As Section Editor, you will report to the Editor-in-Chief and co-Deputy Editors, taking responsibility for checking the suitability of manuscripts within your field of expertise and guiding them through the peer review, revision and publication processes. The core responsibilities of a Section Editor lie in content development, manuscript review and preparation, and journal advocacy.

Content development

  • In collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, the Section Editor must prepare a mission statement and description for their section, highlighting the key aims of their harm reduction field and research topics that will feature in the section.
  • The Section Editor is responsible for building an engaged team of Editorial Board members and peer-reviewers who can be relied upon for efficient manuscript review.
  • The Section Editor will actively commission impactful content from key research groups and activists, ensuring their section remains current and useful to the overall harm reduction mission.
  • With the assistance and oversight of the Deputy Editors and Editor-in-Chief, the Section Editor is required to commission a minimum of 1 thematic series per year on an emerging or important idea within their section of harm reduction research. This will include assigning a Guest Editor to lead on manuscript handling for the series.

Manuscript review and preparation

  • The Section Editor handles new manuscripts assigned to them by the Deputy Editors or Editor-in-Chief, ensuring peer review is swift, thorough and efficient. Final decisions on publication are made by Section Editors.
  • The Section Editor ensures comments from peer-review are incorporated into the manuscript appropriately and that the authors’ work is described as clearly and completely as necessary.
  • The Section Editor ensures all manuscripts recommended for acceptance meet the standards and scope of the journal, under the guidance of the Deputy Editors and Editor-in-Chief. 

Journal advocacy

  • The Section Editor is an ambassador for the Journal in their field, representing Harm Reduction Journal at international/national conferences, highlighting the ethos, impact and aims of the Journal.
  • 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 and Deputy Editors in driving collaboration on projects as necessary.

Our Section Editors will receive training, and our in-house editorial team will also provide administrative support. 

Section Editors will have access to a limited number of APC discounts and waivers for publishing in the journal, as well as a controlled number of assignments to avoid overburdening. The Editor-in-Chief and the publisher are currently exploring further reimbursement for editors of the Harm Reduction Journal.

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

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