AASM Seeks New Editor for Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is seeking qualified candidates for editor-in-chief of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM).

The AASM launched JCSM as a resource for the sleep medicine field, quickly filling an important niche by providing new clinically-focused research and a forum for timely debate and commentary. The editor-in-chief will be responsible for continuing to ensure the highest possible scientific and editorial quality for JCSM.

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. To this end, the editor-in-chief will solicit editorials, commentaries, and critical reviews focusing on areas of high priority to our membership, including areas of controversy. In addition, JCSM will continue 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. Ensuring the timely dissemination of new research, the editor-in-chief will continue to promote a rapid review and publication process using metrics to be developed by the editor within the first year of editorship.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Development of long-term strategic plan for the journal, including improved evaluation and dissemination of scientific material
  • Evaluation of all manuscripts to ensure scientific integrity and originality
  • Selection of associate editors and members of the editorial board
  • 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
  • Assignment of manuscripts to reviewers and oversight of the process
  • Solicitation of manuscripts, editorials, case reports, pro/con debates, book reviews, etc., from prospective contributors and oversight of the process
  • Determination of issue composition
  • Holding an annual meeting for associate and deputy editors at the SLEEP annual meeting
  • Adherence to the agreed-upon mission, publication practices, and schedule put forth by the AASM Board of Directors

View the complete Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Editor Job Description.

The position of editor-in-chief is a five-year appointment with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit the following materials for consideration by the Editor Search Committee:

  • Curriculum vita
  • Candidates must comply with the same conflict of interest policy required of the Board of Directors. Submission of a completed conflict of interest disclosure form is required.
  • Letter of application (maximum 10 pages) that outlines the candidate’s vision for the future of JCSM and includes specific address of the following topics:
    • Prior editorial experience
    • Proposed new features and content changes to enhance the quality and profile of the journal
    • Proposed innovations and use of technology to support the goals of the journal
    • Strategies for monitoring the overall impact of the journal above and beyond impact
    • Proposed processes for identification and selection of deputy and associate editors as well as continued evaluation of the deputy and associate editors.

Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be requested to submit a letter of support from their practice or institution (chair of department or dean of medical school) ensuring that appropriate time will be set aside for duties related to JCSM. The editor-in-chief of  JCSM will receive an annual stipend of $50,000 for their service.

Candidates should submit required application materials by Feb. 20, 2014, to the attention of:

Kathleen McCann
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
2510 N. Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 737-9700 (phone)
(630) 737-9790 (fax)