Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Editor Job Description
Novel science that shapes the clinical practice of sleep medicine continues to evolve and grow, requiring JCSM to continue its maturation as a dynamic and vibrant scholarly forum. The editor-in-chief is responsible for maintaining the JCSM’s reputation as a premiere scientific journal, growing the journal’s influence within academic and clinical medicine, and ensuring the journal’s relevance to members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Editor-in-chief is a five-year term, with eligibility for a second five-year term at the discretion of the AASM’s Board of Directors.
The editor-in-chief will broadly ensure the following JCSM goals:
- Continue to improve the quality of the journal by publishing original research and other material of interest to the JCSM readership in a timely fashion.
- Solicit and publish high-quality editorials, commentaries, and critical reviews focusing on areas of high priority to our membership, including areas of controversy.
- Ensure that JCSM continues to serve as a forum for publication of the AASM’s intellectual property as well as official statements of the Board of Directors that are relevant to the field.
The duties of the editor-in-chief include, but are not limited to, the following:
Development of a long-term strategic plan for the journal, including improved evaluation and dissemination of scientific material
Develop policies for enhancing timely review and publication. These policies should be developed within the first year of editorship. The policies should specifically state expectations for the submission-to-decision timeline (recommended to not exceed 2 weeks) and the decision-to-publication timeline (recommended to not exceed 3 months).
Evaluation of all manuscripts to ensure scientific integrity
Selection and ongoing evaluation of qualified associate editors and members of the editorial board
Oversight of the monitoring and resolution of conflicts of interest held by associate editors and reviewers
Selection of a large and diverse pool of qualified reviewers who can conduct fair and timely reviews of manuscripts
Oversight of the submission of manuscripts and initial acceptance decision
Oversight of the process of assignment of manuscripts to associate editors and to appropriate reviewers when appropriate.
Solicitation of relevant and timely manuscripts, editorials, case reports, pro/con debates, book reviews and other materials from prospective contributors and oversight of the process for publication of such solicited materials
Determination of issue composition
Holding an annual meeting for associate and deputy editors at the SLEEP conference
Adherence to the mission, publication practices, and schedule as put forth by the AASM Board of Directors
Work with the AASM Board of Directors to ensure the financial health and viability of the journal, including exploration of revenue streams and journal costs
The editor-in-chief works closely with AASM staff, including a publications manager, publications assistant, and graphic designer, to manage production of the journal. In addition, the editor-in-chief works closely with the executive director and other members of the AASM management team. The position of editor-in-chief is independent, and has a professional relationship with the AASM’s Board of Directors.
The editor-in-chief of JCSM will receive an annual stipend of $50,000 for their service.