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 Call for Nominations


Allan H. Church

SIOP is now soliciting nominations for the position of editor-in-chief of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. The new editor will be selected by the Publications Board, and approved by the Executive Board in March, 2015.  The new editor-in-training would begin working with the current editor, Kevin Murphy, beginning March 2015, and assumes duty beginning September 1st, 2015.

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.

Position Description
Because the format of the journal is relatively unique in the field, the requirements for the editorship are little different from those other editorships. The editor must have:

  • a broad knowledge of topic areas and leading experts in the field of I-O
  • an understanding of the various perspectives that exist regarding important issues to the field
  • the ability to solicit and develop focal articles and responses from all types of contributors (e.g., academics, researchers, practitioners, business leaders etc.) to ensure a truly balanced set of perspectives
  • a plan for publishing focal article topics 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

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 via email by January 1, 2015 to Allan Church (allan.church@pepsico.com), SIOP Publications Officer.

Publications Board
Allan Church (Chair)
Fritz Drasgow
Allen Kraut
Charles Lance
William H. Macey
Cynthia McCauley
Lynn Shore
Rob Silzer

Information for Nominees
The journal publishes four issues per year. Each issue generally contains two target articles and 10 to 20 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 (2-5 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) (1 hour)
  • Review outlines and drafts. (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: 15-25 comment papers is typical. Solicit 2-3 reviews of each: each reviewer typically evaluates 8-10 comment papers. (5-10 hours)
  • Read all commentaries; assimilate reviewer input, write decision letters. (20-30 hours)
  • Receive revisions; make final decisions on commentaries. (2-6 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 Allan Church before January 1, 2015!