Call for Nominations
New Editor Sought for Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
SIOP is now soliciting nominations for the position of IOP Editor. The new editor will be selected by the Publications Board, and approved by the Executive Board in September, 2011.
The new editor-in-training would begin working with the current editor, Cynthia McCauley, immediately after the January 2012 announcement. The term is for 3 years. Duties and responsibilities of the Editor are described below.
The editor must be a SIOP member or international affiliate. Any SIOP member or international affiliate can nominate for the editorship. Self-nominations are also welcome.
Nominations and self-nominations should be sent via email by January 1, 2011 to:
Scott Highhouse (firstname.lastname@example.org), Publications Officer, SIOP
Scott Highhouse (Chair)
Because the format of the journal is relatively novel, the requirements for the editorship are little different from those other editorships. The editor must have
- a very broad knowledge of the field and its inhabitants
- knowledge of the various sides that exist regarding important issues
- a plan for publishing papers that are high in quality and of interest within and outside I-O
- the organizational skills necessary to manage a large journal
- sufficient time to devote to the journal on a regular and uninterrupted basis for three years
Because of the demands placed on the editor, institutional support is crucial. For example, it is customary for Editors working in academic institutions to receive a course release and administrative support.
Information for Nominees
The journal publishes four issues per year. Each issue generally contains two target articles and 5 to 10 commentaries. This job is different from the typical editor’s job. For a journal with a traditional format, one has a steady stream of manuscripts, the editor assigns reviewers, and makes decisions when reviews are in. Below is a rundown of activities for each issue of IOP along with time estimates:
- Scan the environment looking for topics (5-10 hours)
- Select two topics
- Network to get suggestions for potential authors on the topics (5-10 hours)
- Enlist authors to write on the topics (5 hours)
- Identify “project team” for each article to review drafts and to review commentaries (3-6 members) (2 hours)
- Review outlines and drafts; solicit external reviews as time permits (5-10 hours)
- Accept final drafts of focal articles: post to SIOP web site (1 hour)
- Identify potential commentators; send email encouraging them to submit (2 hours)
- Correspond with commentary authors re their questions about the commentary process (5 hours)
- Receive commentaries: for the 8 articles in issues 1-4 we’ve received 6, 9, 15, 15, 16, 18, 25, and 26 submissions. Solicit 3 reviews of each. (5-10 hours)
- Read all commentaries; assimilate reviewer input, write decision letters. (30-40 hours)
- Receive revisions; make final decisions on commentaries. (5-10 hours)
- Forward commentaries to author of focal article for response
- Review drafts of response (3-5 hours)
- Send package to SIOP to forward to publisher.
Note that the above process occurs for each of 4 issues each year. So at any one time, the editor may be soliciting topics for one issue, working with the focal article authors on another issue, reviewing commentaries for a third issue, and finalizing the focal article author response for a fourth issue.
In addition to the duties that are cyclic for each issue, other activities include preparing reports for the SIOP executive committee, responding to unsolicited manuscript submissions, and responding to general queries about the journal
All in all, it averages 6-8 hours per week. But it’s “lumpy”: there are weeks with little to do, and weeks with 40 decision letters waiting to be written.
Because of the number of hours required, it is typical for the institution of which the editor is a faculty member to give a 1 course reduction.
If you are interested in serving as editor of one of SIOP’s most influential publications, or if you know someone who might, submit your nomination to Scott Highhouse
before January 1, 2011!