Publishing Scheme

*This is a temporary notice*

The UK Social Policy Association and Social Policy and Society are pleased to announce an exciting new scheme designed to give postgraduate researchers a better understanding of the process and requirements of publishing in an established Social Policy journal. The scheme offers a comprehensive introduction to the work and processes involved in the administration and publication of Social Policy and Society. Two candidates will work with the current journal editors over the course of several months to gain an insight into:

•         the review process of articles;
•         the development of successful articles from submission to publication;
•         the decision process surrounding the content of individual journal editions; and
•         the dissemination of published research findings.

Candidates will ‘adopt’ two articles all the way through from submission to publication/rejection. This process will include identifying reviewers for their articles, liaising with administrative staff, journal editors and article authors, reviewing articles and peer review comments, and participating in editorial discussions regarding journal publication. Candidates will therefore gain a thorough and unique understanding of the entire process of publishing peer-reviewed journal articles. Candidates will also be asked to review one or two journal articles aligned to their research that have recently been published in Social Policy and Society. It is hoped a discussion review will be published to disseminate the findings of research, stimulate academic discussion and raise the profile of the candidate.

Applicants should be postgraduate researchers who are currently members of the UK Social Policy Association. Prospective candidates should submit an application comprising a CV (2 A4 pages maximum), a brief statement of support from their supervisor and a covering letter (500 words maximum). Applicants are asked to:

•         specify how they feel the placement would be beneficial for their own professional development and what they feel they could contribute to the journal;
•         illustrate their capacity and intention to pursue a career in social policy academia;
•         outline their current research and publication strategy; and
•         indicate how they would share what they have learned with the wider social policy community.

Please submit your application to spa.postgraduates@gmail.com by 5pm on 28th February 2014. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by 10th March 2014. The scheme is likely to start at the end of March. Successful candidates will be fully briefed on the requirements of the scheme and how to liaise with the journal editors.

For informal enquiries, please contact Daniel Edmiston (D.Edmiston@leeds.ac.uk).

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