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From the Listerver: Hiring Journal Editors - 2/2/2010 -

Your colleagues discuss their processes for hiring journal editors.

Q. Would any of you be willing to share your practices/processes for hiring journal editors? We have two quarterly research journals, the editors of which operate out of their respective universities. We contract for their services with their universities directly and pay a fee that covers the professors' release time and some support for a graduate student to help with each journal, but we do not pay the professor directly. I'm interested in any hiring models you may be using.

A. We contract with our editor in chief for a three-year term and pay him a stipend directly. I'm not sure what his arrangement (if any) is with the university in terms of release time; we leave that up to him, though we do require that applicants for the position show institutional support and available time.

Steven Lane, associate executive director, PAEA, managing editor, Journal of Physician Assistant Education, Physician Assistant Education Association

A. This is pretty much our process as well. We've tried three-party contracts in the past, but it became too unnecessarily complicated. Universities, of course, prefer the contract with them rather than the professor in his/her personal capacity. And the professors typically shrug at the legal stuff anyway.

The process seems to work. We had an unfortunate chance to test it recently, as a sitting editor suddenly passed away during his term. Because our contract was with the university, they were able to appoint a pro-tem successor while we did a search for the next editor.

Bob Farrace, CAE, director of communications, National Association of Secondary School Principals


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