husITa seeks new editors for the Journal of Technology in Human Services

Call for Proposals

Cover of the Journal of Technology in Human Services.HUman Services Information Technology Applications (husITa) seeks an individual or team to serve as the new editor(s) for the Journal of Technology in Human Services (JTHS).  We seek an editor, or editors, who have a demonstrated commitment to the mission of husITa, the aims and scope of the JTHS, and experience with editorial functions or roles (e.g. manuscript review).  We are particularly interested in applicants that can enhance the multidisciplinary and/or international focus of the journal and bridge the gap between research and practice.  We will consider various editorial models including co-editorships and cross-institutional collaborations.  However, all proposals must have an Editor in Chief who will be accountable to the husITa board and will hold an ex officio position on the husITa board.

husITa is an international virtual association and US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the ethical and effective use of IT to better serve humanity.  Our members are human service professionals, managers, and academics.  husITa’s focus and expertise is situated at the intersection of three core domains: information technology, human services, and social development.  With an emphasis on human centeredness and social justice, husITa strives to promote international knowledge development, dissemination, and transfer of technology within human services.  It achieves this through multidisciplinary leadership in international conferences, publications, collaboration, and consultation directed particularly at IT applications and innovations that promote social betterment.

The Journal of Technology in Human Services was established in 1985 with the aim of exploring the potentials of computer, internet, and telecommunications technologies in mental health, developmental disabilities, welfare, child protection, addictions, education, and other human services.  The scope of JTHS covers the full range of technological applications from policy to management, direct service, and client self-help.  Taylor and Francis (T&F) publishes a yearly volume of JTHS consisting of 4 issues containing 100 journal pages or approximately 400 double spaced manuscript pages.

The Proposal

A proposal to assume the role of editor should be limited to 5 single spaced pages and include the following:

  • A statement on how the editor(s) see the journal carrying out the vision of husITa (above) and the aims and scope of the JTHS.
  • A summary of the qualifications of the editor(s), e.g., husITa/JTHS activities, technology background and experience, editorial and publishing experience, etc., to include the vitas of all proposed editors.
  • The proposed editorial structure (e.g. collective or collaborative possibilities), positions (e.g., book and application review editor), and duties.
  • Editorial Board recruitment, selection, and coverage in terms of expertise and diversity.
  • Any statement of assurances from appropriate administrator(s) (e.g. Dean/Director) of institutional support such as funds, release time, administrative assistance, etc.

Additional information

  • Proposals must be submitted as a word or RTF file via email to by 1st of March 2017.  Notification of acceptance will be made the first part of April 2017.
  • The editor’s term is for 5 years (Mid 2017 – Mid 2022) with the possibility of renewal.  This period covers 5 volumes with 4 issues per volume/yearFollowing a notification and resolution period, the husITa board reserves the right to terminate the editor(s) term at any time if problems arise.
  • JTHS Issues are due in March, June, September, and December of each year.
  • T&F provides 3 gratis subscriptions of JTHS to the Editor and 1 gratis subscription to each member of the Editorial Board so long as the editorial board member performs his or her duties.
  • There is no stipend or funds for payment or honorarium for the Editor(s).  Any request for expenditures related to JTHS editing must be made to and approved by the husITa board.
  • The new editor of JTHS will be invited by T&F to visit Philadelphia for an orientation meeting and to learn about the ScholarOne manuscript management system early in their term.
  • Currently, T&F welcomes guest editors of 2-4 issues on specialty topics.  For example, husITa conference organizers typically edit conference proceedings as a multiple issue of JTHS.
  • Indexing of JTHS content is available on the inside cover. As well as the main T&F website for JTHS there is a promotional husITa JTHS websiteThe contract between husITa and T&F is available upon request.

Contact any member of the Editor’s Search Committee if you have questions. Members representing husITa are husITa chair Neil Ballantyne and husITa secretary Ann Lavan. Members representing the JTHS board are current JTHS editors Dale Fitch and Bruce Vieweg. The chair of the Search Committee is Dick Schoech.