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Call for Editor Nominations


by SIOP Administrative Office

Call for Editor Nominations: Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Research and Practice

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. The new editor-in-training will begin working with the current editor, John Scott, on January 1, 2018, and will assume full duties beginning April 1, 2018.

This position is open to all professional SIOP members (Members, Associates, Fellows, Retired). Any professional member may nominate individuals for the editorship. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Position Description

The IOP journal editor is appointed to a 3-year term and is responsible for managing the solicitation, review, and final revision of all material (focal articles, commentaries, and front matter) contained within the quarterly issues. The editor is assisted by an editorial board, which is assembled by the editor.

The editor must have:

  • 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 of 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 3 years

Beginning in 2018, two associate editors will be appointed by the editor for a 3-year term to coincide with the editor’s term. Each associate editor will have primary responsibility for managing the complete review cycle for a single focal article and the associated commentaries for each issue. The associate editors will also assist in the solicitation of topics for the focal articles.

The Practice Forum editor also serves a 3-year term and is appointed by the editor. 

Information for Nominees

The journal publishes four issues per year. Each issue generally contains two focal articles and 10-12 commentaries. This job is different from the typical editor’s job. For a journal with a traditional format, the editor has a steady stream of manuscripts, and the editor assigns reviewers and makes decisions when reviews are in. The IOP editor has more varied responsibilities. Below is a list of activities for each issue of IOP along with time estimates:

  • Scan the environment looking for topics (5-10 hours)
  • Select two topics and network to get suggestions for potential authors on the topics (5-10 hours)
  • Enlist authors to write on the topics (5 hours)
  • Identify editorial board members 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 and send to SIOP AO (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: solicit multiple 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)

Note that the above process occurs for each of four 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 Board, responding to unsolicited manuscript submissions, and responding to general queries about the journal.

Average workload is 6-8 hours per week. However, the volume of work is not consistent from week to week. Because of the number of hours required, academic institutions typically provide an editor who is a faculty member serving in this capacity a teaching and/or service reduction. Nonacademic employers should provide similar support, although the nature of that support will naturally come in different forms across jobs and employers.

If you are interested in serving as editor, or if you know someone who might, please submit your nomination via email to Tammy Allen (tallen@usf.edu) by August 15, 2017. Each submission should include an electronic version of a current CV, a statement that describes the nominee’s vision for IOP, and three letters of recommendation from SIOP members.

SIOP Publications Board

Tammy Allen (Chair)
Richard Klimoski
Kevin Murphy
Mark Poteet
Deborah E. Rupp
John Scott
Nancy Tippins