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Volunteer Positions Announcement: Associate Editors, Journal of Music Therapy

August 20, 2023 06:30 PM

The Journal of Music Therapy seeks applicants for the position of Associate Editor of Manuscripts. The Journal of Music Therapy (JMT) is a forum for authoritative articles of current music therapy research and theory, including book reviews and guest editorials. Its mission is as follows:

The Journal of Music Therapy seeks to advance research, theory, and practice in music therapy through the dissemination of scholarly work. Its mission is to promote scholarly activity in music therapy and to foster the development and understanding of music therapy and music-based interventions. To this end, the journal publishes all types of research, including quantitative, qualitative, historical, philosophical, theoretical, and musical, and may include discipline, profession, and foundational research topics. The journal strives to present a variety of research approaches and topics, to promote critical inquiry, and to serve as a resource and forum for researchers, educators, and clinicians in music therapy and related professions.

Manuscript Associate Editors

The Associate Editor of Manuscripts is a volunteer position responsible for assisting with and managing the peer review process for research manuscripts submitted to the JMT. The Associate Editor selects and assigns reviewers, manages the review process, makes a recommendation based on review outcomes, and supports authors. A central requirement is the ability to edit and work with authors on manuscripts, including research from diverse research perspectives. AEs work to uphold methodological integrity and to help clarify and improve submissions. Associate Editors will meet periodically with the lead Editor and other AEs (via video conference call) and are encouraged to attend the annual Editorial Board meeting held via videoconferencing approximately two times a year.

Term of Service

The term of service coincides with that of the lead Co-Editors through 2024 and is subject to extension in cooperation with the Co-Editors. This position is planned to begin orientation in November 2023 with a gradual assumption duties.

Duties and Responsibilities of Manuscript Editor

Assist the Editor(s) with:

· Prescreening manuscripts in ScholarOne

· Identifying and inviting peer reviewers

· Tracking manuscript review timelines and progress

· Helping to provide review feedback

· Communicating with editorial board members, external reviewers, and authors

· Participating in meetings of the editorial teams and editorial board

· Committing to learning about and incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic publishing

Required Qualifications

· An active publication record

· Excellent organizational skills

· Excellent and respectful written and oral communication skills

· Experience with peer review processes as an author and/or reviewer

· Demonstrated ability to work on a team

· Desire and ability to dedicate an average of 3-4 hours each week to Associate Editor responsibilities

· Desire to serve as an ambassador for AMTA and the music therapy profession

Preferred Qualifications

· Completion of a doctorate

· Prior service on the JMT Editorial Board or Experience in an editorial role (e.g., journal editor, book editor, thesis/doctoral supervision)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the JMT.

In cooperation with AMTA’s publishing partner at Oxford University Press, the journals are part of the Joint Commitment for Action on Inclusion and Diversity in Publishing. AMTA is committed to improving, demonstrating, and prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the work and decisions of the association, including its journals. Associate Editors, with the lead editors and editorial board members, should be willing to explore and engage in ongoing work to increase understanding, awareness, and actions around diversity, equity, inclusion, access and anti-racism in scholarly publishing.

Professional Membership. Current professional membership in the American Music Therapy Association is provided gratis as a benefit of service to the journal and the mission of AMTA.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Co-Editor Dr. Blythe LaGasse ( or Kimberly Sena Moore (, for more detailed information regarding the position.

Electronic letters of interest and a CV should be submitted to:

Blythe LaGasse and Kimberly Sena Moore, Co-Editors of the JMT;

Letters of interest are invited immediately and should be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on November 1 2023.