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IJP2 Seeking Expressions of Interest for Editorial Board

The International Journal of Public Participation is an online, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information among researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and citizens about public participation and its impact around the world. The IJP2 is seeking experienced scholars and practitioners to sit on the journal’s Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is a “hands-on” working group that finalizes and implements the Editorial Policy through decisions regarding content and the selection of peer reviewers. Candidates should be able and willing to devote approximately one hour per week to Board-related work. Please forward expressions of interest to Sara Ross at sara.ross@global-arina.org by May 18, 2007. Expressions of interests may be accompanied by whatever information an individual believes will inform the nomination process, e.g., a CV or resume.

In selecting Board members, consideration will be given (as appropriate) to (a) the individual’s scholarship or practical experience and (b) their prominence and standing in their field.

Additional information about the Editorial Board follows.

  • The Editorial Board will be appointed by the IAP2 Board and will be responsible for managing both the peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed sections of the journal. Representatives on the Editorial Board will include at least one member of the Research and Communications Committees.
  • The Editorial Board will be appointed by the IAP2 Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Research Committee and the Editor-in-Chief. Members will be recruited through personal invitation as well as a call for expressions of interest. IAP2 members and others who are respected and accomplished in the field of public participation (as academics, practitioners, or both) will be eligible.

The following objectives will be pursued in the recruitment and replacement of Editorial Board members:

  • Diversity (e.g., to ensure international representation)
  • Academic achievement (for academics), including publication, in any academic field relevant to public participation;
  • Depth and breadth of practice (for practitioners) in public participation, including publication;
  • Scope of professional networks (through involvement in related groups and associations);
  • Ability and willingness to make adequate time available for Board responsibilities.

The Editorial Board will be composed of up to a dozen members, half academics and half practitioners; many will be both. The Board will meet under the leadership of the Editor-in-Chief to:

  • finalize the Editorial Policy (aims and scope, submission guidelines, etc.) and make a recommendation to the Research Committee and the IAP2 Board of Directors for its adoption;
  • Identify themes for upcoming issues, where desirable or necessary;
  • Identify and recruit reviewers for peer review;
  • Implement editorial policy by making decisions on the acceptance or rejection of material for publication;
  • The Editorial Board will meet on a monthly basis by conference call for decision-making purposes, and will undertake such tasks as identified by the Board between meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be required where deadlines impose time constraints for decision-making.
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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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