Issues In Educational Research
IIER Editorial Appointments Committee
In June 2014 the Institutes for Educational Research in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia
adopted the following set of guidelines and procedures for future appointments of editorial staff.
|IIER Editorial Appointments Committee
- This committee will comprise
- Presidents of the active Institutes (NSW, SA and WA) or their nominees.
- At least three persons from the IIER Editorial Board
- The Editor in Chief (provided that this person is not an applicant for re-appointment).
- The role of this committee will be to endorse nominations from the Editor in Chief and other interested parties for appointments to the editorial staff, and for other significant management changes.
- The Committee will be formed anew whenever consideration of an appointment or appointments is required, and it will be disbanded after making the appointment or appointments.
|Editor in Chief
- When the Editor in Chief position becomes vacant, either through resignation or expiry of term, an appointment will be made by the IIER Editorial Appointments Committee.
- Normally a new Editor in Chief will be selected from IIER's Associate Editors, but the Editorial Appointments Committee at its discretion may consider an "outside" applicant (i.e. one who is not currently on IIER's editorial staff), after making an appropriate call for expressions of interest. Any such applicant should be a member of an IER or must undertake to become a member.
- The normal term for the Editor in Chief is three years. At its discretion the Editorial Appointments Committee may invite an Editor in Chief to continue for another term.
- When Associate Editor positions or other editorial staff position becomes vacant, either through a resignation, or an expiry of a term, or an expansion in the numbers of editorial staff as recommended by the Editor in Chief, is needed, an appointment will be made by the Presidents of the Institutes for Educational Research. The Presidents may agree to act upon an appointment recommendation made by the Editor in Chief, or may refer the recommendations to an IIER Editorial Appointments Committee.
- For filling Associate Editor positions the Editor in Chief will make an appropriate call for expressions of interest. Applicants should be a member of an IER or must undertake to become a member.
- The normal term for Associate Editors is three years. At their discretion the IIER Editorial Appointments Committee may accept an Editor in Chief's recommendation that an Associate Editor or other editorial staff person be invited to continue for another term.
|Editorial Appointments Committee procedures
- Members of the Editorial Appointments Committee may consult their own IER's Executive Committee or other members of the IIER Editorial Board for advice on any appointment. However, for confidentiality reasons, persons other than an IER's Executive Committee members and the IIER's Editorial Board should not know the identities of applicants other than the successful applicant.
- The Committee will use virtual conferencing (such as email and Skype) for its deliberations and face to face meetings will not be required. At its discretion the Committee may elect to interview applicants but it is not required to do so.
- Calls for expressions of interest in a vacancy and the proposed methods for dissemination require the approval of the Committee.
- Members of the Editorial Appointments Committee are expected to use their own best academic judgment in recommending appointments. However, it is expected that Members will be mindful of the desirability of diversity in the composition of the editorial staff, the need for skills in all aspects of academic publishing (or the ability to work effectively at acquiring new skills), and the importance of ensuring good teamwork that will advance IIER's service to and standing within the educational and wider academic research communities.
- The Editorial Appointments Committee may at its discretion recommend the filling of a vacancy that is known to be forthcoming, in the form of a "designate appointment", with a view to professional development through an "internship-like" environment, that can also help to maintain continuity of operations, as well as give scope for junior researchers to join the editorial team.
- Persons who are under consideration for an editorial staff position may not serve on the Editorial Appointments Committee and also should be absent from any IER Executive Committee or Editorial Board discussion concerning the position.
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