The Canadian Journal of Autism Equity (CJAE) is a new community-run open-access journal focused on engaging with a variety of equity discussions within the autism and Autistic community about public policy. Voices of the disabled community have been consistently unaccounted for at decision-making tables that impact them, hinting at a larger problem of ableism in Canadian society. This problem has been further exacerbated by the early societal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The journal was founded by the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) in 2020 following both evidence and consensus that “we need to do better” at listening to Autistic voices and the voices of those often not represented in policy discussions because of their historically marginalized identities such as race, gender, disability, socioeconomic status, or location.
Seeking authorship primarily by first-voice Autistic people and people with lived experience with both autism and intersectionality, the Journal seeks to offer a platform to amplify underrepresented voices and share their views with decision-makers and Canadians alike. As such, CJAE will be accepting a multitude of submission mediums including but not limited to: academic articles, poems, artwork, videos, podcasts, commentaries, and letters. The Journal will publish bi-annually, during World Autism Month (April) and Canadian Autism Month (October).
CJAE aims to build a strong reputation as an inclusive and critical agenda-setting outlet that publishes pieces on equity and inequity within the community. The Journal seeks an editorial team that will construct this tradition of rigorous standards, informing Canadian decision-makers and amplifying Autistic and marginalized voices.
Preference is given to Autistic Canadians. The term of the editors will be one year to a maximum of five one-year terms. The time commitment of an editor will be dependent on need but will be most concentrated in the lead up to the publication of each issue with an average of 3-5 hours a week and approximately 2 hours every two weeks for the rest of the year. During this first term, editors will be compensated for their time via a set stipend from CASDA.
Editors will be responsible for:
- Evaluating submissions and selecting pieces to publish
- Reading content and correcting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
- Rewriting text to improve readability
- Collaborating and supporting authors
- Corresponding with external reviewers
- Flagging articles or pieces that would be of interest to certain stakeholder groups (e.g. service providers)
The selection committee will be co-chaired by Rebekah Kintzinger (email@example.com) and Megan Krasnodembski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications will be evaluated based on two primary criteria.
- Whether the applicant is Autistic or a person from another underrepresented group involved in the autism community;
- The applicant’s experience with journals and their process.
Deadline for Submissions
Each prospective editor must fill out the application form below by 11:59 PM ET on December 15th, 2020.
The Editorial Selection Committee expects to notify selected editors and announce the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity’s first Editorial Board members by January 15th, to start immediately.
Potential candidates should feel free to contact Megan Krasnodembski at email@example.com regarding CJAE and any questions you may have.