Call for Applicants: Prevention Science Health Equity Associate Editor 

Call for Applicants: Prevention Science Health Equity Associate Editor 

The journal Prevention Science seeks to fill a new position for a Health Equity Associate Editor. This 3-year position was developed following the recommendations of the of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Health Equity Implementation Task Force (see Boyd et al., 2022) for additional details on health equity). The ideal candidate for the Health Equity Associate Editor is a senior or mid-career prevention scientist who has a strong expertise and interest in contributing to the scientific literature related to health equity in relation to prevention science. This person will join the journal’s existing editorial team and take on leadership for the following roles and primary responsibilities:

  • Help the editor-in-chief revise existing Prevention Science policies, procedures, and practices to integrate health equity throughout the journal and its review processes.
  • Develop trainings (e.g., webinars, sessions at the annual Society for Prevention Research conference) about health equity for other Associate Editors, reviewers, and potential authors.
  • Help set the vision and a framework for health equity for the journal and contribute to data collection and assessment efforts that are appropriate and adequate to inform progress toward implementing SPR’s health equity goals (see Boyd et al., 2022).
  • Advise on the reviewer pool and editorial board members with regard to expertise in health equity and representativeness.
  • Identify gaps and areas of need for training of authors and reviewers, and evidence-based approaches for training.
  • Provide feedback to reviewers and other Associate Editors on how to best incorporate health equity into particular manuscripts.
  • Manage the review of manuscripts related to health equity for the journal.
  • Attend the annual associate editors board meeting at the SPR conference to provide feedback on the journal’s process to date and recommendations for improvement.

Additional details of the role would be finalized in conjunction with editor-in-chief, Catherine Bradshaw, as the role is officially created. It is anticipated that the first year of this role would be associated with an increased workload as the procedures, policies, and trainings are developed, and then reduced in Years 2 and 3 when procedures become more integrated into routine practice. The position is associated with an annual honorarium.

Prerequisite: The individual must be or must become a member of SPR. Prior experience as a journal associate editor or guest associate editor is preferred, but not required. Expertise in health equity and prevention science is required.

Applications and any inquiries should be sent electronically to Catherine Bradshaw, editor, Prevention Science ( Candidates should provide a one-page cover letter summarizing why they are interested in this position and provide a brief summary of their health equity expertise, along with a CV. Applications are due by May 1, 2024. The start date is negotiable, but most likely within 60 days of the selection of the candidate.

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