British Journal of Health Psychology – Editor in Chief

The British Journal of Health Psychology, a leading journal of the British Psychological Society, is seeking an Editor in Chief or co-Editors.

Job Description:

The British Journal of Health Psychology, a leading journal of the British Psychological Society, is seeking an Editor in Chief or co-Editors. This high impact, international journal is currently ranked in the top 10 of the Clinical Psychology category and publishes original research on all aspects of psychology related to health, health-related behaviour and illness across the lifespan. The Journal welcomes submissions reporting experimental, theoretical and applied studies using quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.

The Editor(s) in Chief, in conjunction with the Society and Publisher, is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of the Journal, and oversees the peer review of manuscripts, working with a team of Associate Editors handling manuscripts based on their area of expertise. The team is supported by a first class editorial office based at Wiley.

In addition, the Editor(s) directs the commissioning of high-quality review articles, topical special issues, and manages the editorial board, working closely with the journal publishing team at Wiley and the head of the Society’s publication committee.

Candidate(s) will be recognized internationally for their achievements in health psychology with a strong research background and publications record, supported by some journal editorial experience. They will also have an international network of contacts so that the profile of the Journal can continue to be developed.

The Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Health Psychology shall:

  • ensure the journal adheres to best practice guidance with respect to research integrity and publishing ethics in accordance with COPE (Committee on Publishing Ethics) guidelines
  • maintain high standards in the peer-review process and ensure that the Journal adheres to ethical standards.
  • support the preparation and realization of strategic editorial plans to maintain/increase the status and visibility of the Journal.
  • drive continued journal development including the aims and scope, and the adoption of new sections and/or article types as needed.
  • commission articles and special issues in consultation with the Associate Editors and the Editorial Board.
  • ensure efficient handling of the manuscripts by the Associate Editors and maintain frequent communication with the Wiley production team once the papers are approved for publication. 
  • lead the Editorial team and advise on the composition and succession plans of the Editorial Board members to achieve a diverse representation of the community the journal serves and to mentor new members
  • prepare an annual report on the status of the Journal to be delivered to the Editorial Advisory Group.
  • where appropriate, represent the Journal at national and international scientific meetings.
  • collaborate with the marketing staff at Wiley on the promotion of the Journal.

Desired Attributes:

  • strong leadership and communication skills.
  • an experienced manager with strong organizational ability.
  • an internationally recognized and active researcher with an extensive publication record, and a broad appreciation for the fields of health psychology.
  • a wide sphere of influence and range of contacts in the field of health psychology.
  • previous journal editorial experience and working knowledge of an online editorial system.
  • awareness of relevant technological advances in publishing/dissemination of research.
  • willingness to travel to conferences to promote and commission content for the journal.
  • high professional and ethical standards.

How to apply:

Applications should comprise of a covering letter, a CV, and a 300 word outline of your vision for the Journal and how you would like to see it develop in the future.

Questions and applications may be emailed to: Rebecca Harkin, Associate Editorial Director, Wiley, at [email protected].

The application deadline is 02 September 2022.

Applications for co-editorship are welcomed.

BPS and Wiley welcome applications from the following groups of people who are under-represented within psychology: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

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