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Job Description – Editor in Chief, Child Maltreatment

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The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) seeks an Editor In Chief (EIC) for Child Maltreatment (CM), a peer reviewed professional journal published by Sage and sponsored by APSAC. CM receives around 200 submissions a year and publishes quarterly. In 2018, CM had an Impact Factor of 4.047.


The ideal candidate will have a national scholarly reputation in some area of child maltreatment, evidence of strong publication record in areas related to child maltreatment, and awareness of practice and policy issues related to child maltreatment. Candidates should have a robust background in research methodologies pertinent to aspects of research and practice in child maltreatment. Candidates must possess a high level of organizational skills, be deadline and task focused, and have a professional and collegial working style. The EIC will work closely with the APSAC Publications Committee, Board of Directors, Associate Editors, and the members of the Editorial Board.

The duties of the EIC are as follows:

  • Provide leadership for the journal’s scholarly excellence; oversee the article review process, and with the APSAC Board of Directors, set the direction of the journal.
  • Oversee a team of Associate Editors who will act as action editors on papers assigned to by the EIC.
  • Work with the Editorial Assistant to ensure an organized and timely review process. The Editorial Assistant works approximately 5-10 hours per week and has responsibility for responding to inquiries and assisting in all aspects of publication process.
  • Take primary responsibility for pre-production for manuscripts (180-200 per year) using the Scholar One platform. This includes:
  • Receiving manuscripts
  • Assigning reviewers (or assigning a manuscript to an Associate Editor)
  • Receiving and reading reviews
  • Writing decision letters to authors that may include reviews, summaries of reviewers’ comments, and editorial decisions
  • Addressing issues of author conflict as they arise
  • Ensuring the entire review process is conducted in a professional and timely manner
  • Solicit ideas for special issues. Vet those ideas with the Editorial Board and the APSAC Publications Committee. Provide guidance and oversight to Guest Editors of special issues.
  • Solicit commentaries.
  • Work with the APSAC Publications Committee and Board of Directors to solicit and select Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members and members of the Student Editorial Board.
  • Organize voting for selection of Child Maltreatment Article of the Year.
  • Attend APSAC annual colloquia and organize and oversee the annual Editorial Board meeting held at the event.
  • Participate in APSAC Publications Committee meetings.
  • Correspond regularly with Sage as needed.
  • Correspond regularly with the APSAC Publications Committee and provide summaries and progress reports of CM publication news (e.g., summaries of impact score, total submissions, length of time of typical submission process).

Support for the position

  • APSAC will provide a staff member to serve as the Editorial Assistant, working 5-10 hours per week managing the incoming manuscripts and routine communications with authors under the direction of the EIC.
  • APSAC will fund stipends for Associate Editors, the amount of the stipend and number of associate editors periodically determined by the CM editor and the APSAC Board.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing:

  1. The applicant’s vision for the journal and a description of how the applicant would lead the journal to attain that vision.
  2. A description of the applicant’s career accomplishments to date in research, practice, and public policy related to child maltreatment.
  3. A description of the applicant’s prior experience with editing or managing a scientific review process (if applicable).
  4. If the applicant is housed at an institution, university, or agency, a letter from the nominee’s division head (e.g., department chair or agency director) documenting institutional support for the applicant to serve as EIC. This should indicate an understanding of the time and resource needs involved in serving as EIC and a commitment to support the nominee’s needs in these areas.
  5. Up to three letters of support may be included, but are not required.

Please limit cover letter to 1,000 words.

Questions about the EIC position should be directed to Dr. Danial Whitaker at 404-413-1282 or Nominations must be received by January 15, 2020. Please send the nomination packet in a single PDF document by email to