Opportunity to join the team at Palliative Medicine journal

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If you are interested in contributing to one of the most highly ranked journals in palliative care, then read on. Do you wonder what really goes on in the background when you submit your paper? Do you want to be part of helping to shape how research findings are communicated to practitioners and policymakers? Are you interested in research and its place in helping to improve care? If so, then the current opportunity in the leading journal ‘Palliative Medicine’ may be of interest to you.

Palliative Medicine is a highly ranked peer reviewed journal with a focus on research within the field of palliative care. It carries editorials, original papers, review articles, practise reviews, case reports and correspondence. We have a small team of editors who work with the editor in chief to share responsibility for advising on which submitted papers should go for review, and making decisions about which papers are selected for publication.  We now have an opportunity for someone to join the team as a screening editor.

Editor in Chief, Professor Catherine Walshe from the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University says ‘the screening editors are the eyes and ears of the journal, the first to read submitted papers and decide whether we will start the process of review or not. Their wide knowledge of palliative care practice, policy and research helps us to ensure that we make the best possible decisions to carry the highest possible quality of paper through to publication’.

Our current screening editors are active clinicians and researchers, with ‘day jobs’ in palliative care research and practice. This ensures we are making decisions that are at the forefront of contemporary practice. It is not a full-time job, but a contribution to our field of practice. We do provide some remuneration to editors for their time and any expenses, but it is not a salary (unfortunately!).  We are particularly looking for screening editors that complement the current understanding and expertise of those involved in the journal, and bring fresh understandings of contemporary palliative care from across the world.

We really do mean across the world. Our current screening editors are based in Canada, the UK and Portugal, and we are open to applications from any suitably qualified candidate wherever they live and work. Editorial work is all completed online, at a time of day to suit the editor, and we hold our meetings online. We have put full details of the role and the sort of qualifications and experience we are looking for online: https://journals.sagepub.com/page/pmj/screening_editor . Editor-in-Chief Catherine Walshe is also happy to answer enquiries and can be contacted at c.walshe@lancaster.ac.uk. Applications are by CV and covering letter, to be received by the 8th November 2021 please.

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