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The ESRS board of the European Sleep Research Society is calling for nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s flagship publication, Journal of Sleep Research (JSR). This appointment will officially begin January 1, 2017, for one five-year term, after a transition period organized between the current and new Editor-in-Chiefs. The Editor-in-Chief will be allocated editorial assistance and an allowance for expenses.

The mission of JSR, founded in 1991, owned by the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) is to publish the highest quality work in the field of sleep research and sleep medicine. Papers published in the Journal should be of general interest to all sleep researchers and beyond.

The Editor-in-Chief is the steward of the scientific content of the Journal and, as such, must have a broad understanding of sleep as an evolving discipline. The Editor-in-Chief must have scientific stature, be responsive, be able to make timely decisions and be firm when necessary.

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for carrying out the editorial policies established by the ESRS, and for the following duties:

  1. Establish and maintain the scientific standards of the Journal; ensure uniformity of scientific standards across Journal sections; increase the visibility and the impact factor of the Journal.
  2. Recruit and submit Deputy and Associate Editor Board Member nominations to the ESRS board (Editorial Board terms are staggered, five-year terms, renewable once).
  3. Lead and mentor JSR’s Editorial Board, chair the biannual Editorial Board meetings, and develop processes to increase the efficiency, quality, and uniformity of the editorial processes.
  4. Resolve scientific and other conflicts as they arise.
  5. Encourage the submission of high-quality manuscripts; recruit manuscripts at conferences; publish guidelines and authorative reviews, commission special issues, and guest editors.
  6. Write editorials that discuss issues pertinent to JSR.
  7. Respond to all reports of potential breaches of publication ethics, and all allegations of scientific misconduct.
  8. Work with JSR office staff on the day-to-day editorial management of JSR.
  9. Work with JSR’s publisher, Wiley, on innovations in journal content and new editorial features.
  10. Work with the ESRS board on strategic matters affecting JSR and the Society.
  11. Meet with and report at least annually to the ESRS board.

Application Process

Interested individuals should prepare and submit an application via e-mail. The application must include the following items:

  • Letter of Application (250-300 words) that describes your qualifications for the role of Editor-in-Chief of JSR, such as past experience as an editor or member of an editorial team, history of scholarship in the field, and demonstrated capacity to manage deadlines and to attract and retain contributors to projects.
  • Vision Statement (800-1,000 words) that provides a clear description of your vision for JSR under your leadership. The statement should include a critique of the existing journal format and content and should set forth your goals and plans for the content of the Journal.
  • Vita or Resume that accurately portrays your experience, indicates your current affiliations, and lists your current contact information.
  • Evidence of Institutional Support, which may be a letter of support or other documentation from your employer that describes the level of support (release time and/or general office support) available should you be selected for the position.

Applications will be reviewed by the ESRS board immediately after the submission deadline. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by phone or videoconference. The selected candidate will be expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interest prior to appointment and annually thereafter throughout his or her term of service.

Applications will be accepted via e-mail only. Send applications and attachments to Lino Nobili, ESRS Secretary at secretary@esrs.eu by Friday, June 3, 2016.




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