Call for Nominations and Applications: Editor of the Social Policy Report
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) invites applications and nominations for the 2022 – 2026 editorship of the Social Policy Report (SPR). As one of SRCD’s hallmark policy publications, the SPR serves as a critical source of scientific knowledge about human development and its application to policy. The SPR is distributed to the membership of SRCD (about 5000 researchers) and to approximately 300 policy and science organizations, federal agency officials, foundations, and policy journalists. A two-page summary brief may also be produced for circulation to Congress and executive branch policymakers at federal and state levels.
The SPR Publication
The SPR is published quarterly and consists of a single article presenting research findings of relevance to policy issues, events, and/or decisions. Each SPR article is approximately 35 - 50 double-spaced pages, typically summarizing scientific data from one or more studies. Articles may include commentaries from researchers, policy experts, or other relevant perspectives. Each article should clearly highlight the relevance and implications of the research findings for policy. The articles must also be written so that they will be understandable by, and relevant to, policy audiences who do not have research expertise. The scientific merit and its application to policy are key aspects of its review, with each article undergoing a peer review process by subject matter experts.
The Editor Role
Editors of SPR occupy a prominent leadership position in the field. They make vitally important contributions to bridging developmental research and policy and ensuring that SPR represents the highest standards of integrity and scholarly inquiry. Editors are responsible for implementing a strong editorial vision, naming editorial boards, selecting reviewers for manuscripts and author commentaries, and making final publication decisions (among other duties).
Given SRCD’s strong commitment to advance the developmental sciences and promote the use of research to improve human lives (see SRCD’s mission and vision for more information), the search committee is especially interested in candidates’ unique editorial visions, with particular focus on: (1) how they would increase the policy relevance of manuscripts through the editorial process, (2) how they would encourage robust SPR submissions from a variety of policy-relevant research areas, and (3) how they would incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) approaches into the editorial process.
The new editor will assume the title of Incoming Editor on May 1, 2022 and will assume the Editor role on July 1, 2022. The new editor’s name and corresponding title will appear on the masthead of the first published issue after each of these dates, respectively. The new editor will begin to receive manuscripts on July 1, 2022.
Important Deadlines and Timeline of Selection Process
The application deadline is February 4, 2022. Nominations of others are welcome and must be submitted by January 10, 2022. Applications will be reviewed in February and interviews conducted in March. The Editor appointment announcement will be made in April 2022. See below for nomination or application instructions and additional information about the position.
Nomination and Application Instructions
SRCD welcomes applications or nominations for single editor, two co-editors, or an editor with several assistants.
Nominations: Individuals nominating others must submit the following materials by January 10, 2022, so that potential candidates can be contacted and have time to prepare full applications:
- Letter of Nomination – A letter identifying the nominee’s contact information (name, title, institutional affiliation, and email) and a summary of why the nominated individual is particularly well-suited for the position (1 to 1.5 pages in length)
- Nominee’s Curriculum vitae
Nominations should be submitted to email@example.com with the “Attn: SPR Editor Nomination” in the subject line.
Note: nominations are not required for the submission of an application.
Application Package: Applicants must submit the following materials by February 4, 2022, for consideration:
- Letter of Interest – A letter summarizing their interest in the position and how their experience has prepared them for the position (1 to 1.5 pages)
- Vision Statement – A statement outlining the candidate’s vision for SPR, which should include novel directions, plans, and/or projections for the publication. The statement should also clearly indicate how the editor would: (1) increase policy relevance of a manuscript through the editorial process, (2) encourage robust SPR submissions from a variety of policy-relevant research areas, and (3) incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) approaches into the editorial process (up to 3 pages)
- Co-editor Roles - If a co-editorship or assistant editorship is proposed, the candidates should include a description of how the work will be managed.
- Curriculum vitae(s) – a CV with the inclusion of policy-relevant training or experience clearly highlighted. If more than a single editor is applying, CVs for all applicants (co-editor, etc.) must be included.
- References - Names and contact information for three people who can serve as references in support of the applicant/nominee.
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the “Attn: SPR Editor Application” in the subject line.
In selecting the next SPR Editor(s), the strength of each candidate’s application materials in the following areas will be considered:
- Research profile (e.g., record of publishing manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals; research expertise in a policy or policy-relevant domain)
- Editorial experience (e.g., serving as reviewer and/or editorial roles; coordination of subject matter expert review processes for other peer-reviewed publications, grants, or activities)
- Project management experience (e.g., active coordination of people and processes to achieve final deliverables by specified deadlines)
- Policy knowledge and translation experience (e.g., knowledge of policymaking processes; training and/or experience related to the translation of research to policy at federal, state, and/or local levels)
- Innovative vision for SPR (e.g., novel direction, plans, and/or projections for the publication, along with clearly articulated ideas for (1) increasing policy relevance, (2) encouraging robust SPR submissions, and (3) incorporating DEI approaches.
Requirements of the Position
The Editor(s) must agree to the following requirements of the position:
- Compliance with SRCD’s policies, principles, and practices, including, but not limited to, those relating to SRCD publications; SRCD Code of Ethical Conduct; Ethical Principles and Standards for Developmental Scientists; Policy on Scientific Integrity, Transparency, and Openness; SRCD’s Statement on Anti-racism, Equity, and Inclusion in SRCD Publications; and Principles for Social Policy Engagement
- Use of Wiley’s online editorial platform (ScholarOne) for all matters related to manuscript submission, review, editing, and communications with authors
- Establishment of editorial timelines and commitment to meeting editorial deadlines
- Continued SRCD membership status for the complete duration of the editorial term
- Service as ex officio member of SRCD’s Publications and Science and Social Policy Committees throughout their editorial term
The Editor(s) will receive a total annual stipend of $5,000 from SRCD, be given access to the online editorial platform (ScholarOne) to support the manuscript submission and review process, and receive some administrative support from our publisher, Wiley. The Editor will also interface with SRCD’s Publications to inform the health of the publication as well as SRCD’s Communications, Policy to support dissemination to target audiences.