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Expressions of interest

The highly regarded journal of the AASW, Australian Social Work, is seeking expressions of interest from for the position of Reviews Editor. The Reviews Editor is also a member of the Editorial Board.

The Reviews Editor works closely with the Editor, Associate Editors and Publications Officer as a member of the editorial team, coordinating the process of reviewing books and other published works for inclusion in the journal. Reviews published in the journal provide a useful resource to the readership and complement articles and commentary by leading authors and practitioners.

Role and responsibilities

  • identify suitable books and works for review in liaison with the Editor, Associate Editors and Publication Officer
  • coordinate a panel of suitable reviewers and provide professional support and advice
  • oversee a high quality of reviews for publication
  • adhere to the copyediting and publishing standards of the Journal
  • contribute towards efforts in maintaining and exceeding the journal’s high editorial and operational standards as a core social work journal
  • provide suggestions and recommendations to the editor and publisher staff for continuous quality improvement
  • liaise regularly with the Editor/s and Publications Officer regarding all aspects of the Journal, review process and publishing schedule
  • be available to offer editorial advice to the Editor/s as required
  • advocate on behalf of the journal in an effort to recruit readers, authors, peer reviewers, board members, and other potential partners
  • represent and advocate for the journal at social work-related conferences and symposia
  • undertake reviews of books and articles typically 3-4 per year.

The successful applicant

The successful applicant will have:

  • A record of publication in high quality national or international peer reviewed journals in social work or related areas of scholarship
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide critical reviews of books and manuscripts to ensure publications meet international standards of scholarship
  • High level communication skills and capacity to work effectively as a member of the Editorial team and the Editorial Board.
  • Capacity to contribute to the ongoing development of editorial policies and content of the Journal
  • Resident in Australia
  • Current member of the AASW and record of continuous membership of the AASW over the previous 12 months.

Additional information

The appointment is for an initial two-year term, with potential for renewal according to the Editorial Board Terms of Reference. The position requires a minimum commitment of 12 hours per month. An honorarium of $600 per issue is paid.

How to apply

Send your expression of interest addressing the criteria and a copy of your curriculum vitae via email to by COB Thursday, 4 April 2019.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers