JCPP Advances – Editor-in-Chief recruitment

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We are looking for an Editor-in-Chief for our new journal JCPP Advances to be launched in Spring 2021.

Mission and Scope

JCPP Advances is a new high-quality, high-impact open access journal in the field of child psychology and psychiatry and related disciplines.

It builds on the values and prestige of its sister publication the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, to advance the field by opening new opportunities for diverse researchers and for the dissemination of innovative science.

It has a commitment to open science, rapid publication and creating a high-quality publishing experience for authors.

It aims to promote ground-breaking research, new theoretical perspectives and methodological innovation.

JCPP Advances has a broad remit covering all areas of infant, child and adolescent and early adult development as these relate to mental health and disorder and developmental psychopathology, broadly defined.

It will publish empirical studies and reviews encompassing wide-ranging methodological traditions, including, but not limited to – epidemiology and longitudinal cohorts, experimental psychology, neuroscience, genetics and intervention trials.

Unique features of the Journal

Being an Open Science journal, we aim to proactively experiment with and explore new approaches to publication and research such as registered reports, CRediT, mandating ORCiD, requiring data availability statements, offering open science badges etc.

JCPP Advances operates a fast manuscript transfer system from its sister publication. We make it easier for authors to submit their work through format free submission. For many we provide easy access to institutional open access funds.

We are charting our growth and progress by quality indicators of citations, impact factor and indexing on citation databases.

JCPP Advances adopts the continuous publication format and publishes six issues per year.

The successful candidate for the position of Editor-in-Chief will be recognised internationally for their achievements in this area and have a good track record of publications and presentations at conferences. They will also have an extensive international network of contacts, which will be key to launching this new journal and maintaining its future development. The ideal Editor-in-Chief will possess the following skills and knowledge:

  • Broad knowledge of research and practice in this area
  • Sound judgement on the conduct of diverse forms of research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines

Editor Support

The Editor-in-Chief will have the opportunity to shape a new and emerging journal in ACAMH’s stable of journals which includes the world-leading scholarly publication – The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP). ACAMH’s Editorial Office will not only provide support for the editors, authors and reviewers at every step of the submission, including the peer review and production processes, but will also provide a friendly and dynamic environment in which to work. The Publisher, Wiley, will provide ScholarOne configuration support and expertise to ensure that the site is author-friendly and supports the Editor in their responsibilities, while maintaining necessary ethics and integrity requirements, and advising on peer review best practice. Reporting and statistics will track key performance indicators to assist strategic editorial decision-making. The Publisher will also provide full support for marketing activities and production of manuscripts into online articles, and much more. Editorial honorarium of 10KPA and also travel assistance up to 5K PA to attend conferences will be provided.



  1. To work with ACAMH and the Publisher to plan a strategy for the launch and development of the Journal. To ensure that the Journal fulfils its aims, grows in output and becomes useful and relevant to its users by following trends in the subject area
  2. To communicate regularly with the Editorial Board concerning the development of the Journal, editorial strategy, submissions and promotions
  3. To act as an ambassador for the Journal by advising on publicity and promotion wherever possible through contacts and at conferences attended.
  4. To engage with the Publisher in launching promotional activities such as videos and social media engagement, and also to speak at conferences on behalf of the journal.


  1. To seek contributions to the Journal and commission a minimum of 20 invited articles for the first two years of appointment
  2. To have such contributions peer‑reviewed by appropriately qualified and experienced persons
  3. Using an online editorial management system to communicate with authors, to accept or reject manuscripts or to request revision in response to referees’ reports and editorial comments. To assess manuscripts rejected and transferred from the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health, for publication in the new journal JCPP Advances
  4. To direct the content and presentation of the Journal, together with ACAMH, the Editorial Board and the Publisher
  5. To appoint, monitor the performance of, and renew Editorial Board members for an agreed term and to ensure that the Board’s composition is sufficiently international, diverse, and broad in scope to establish the Journal worldwide within its field
  6. To organize and chair Editorial Board meetings, where appropriate, in collaboration with ACAMH and the Publisher

Qualities Sought and Selection Criteria

The Editor-in-Chief will be expected to bring the following characteristics to the position:


  • Wide interests, influence, and knowledge across the range of infant, child, adolescent and early adult developmental psychology and psychiatry fields
  • Strong record of personal research initiative, expertise and performance
  • Proven capability in leadership and effective enterprise in the field
  • Significant, successful editorial experience
  • Determination to pursue equity and diversity on all dimensions, including gender, ethnic, multilingual and international
  • Experience preferred in coaching and developing colleagues, collaborators and Early Career Researchers
  • Publication experience in Open Access, Open Research practices, sound science and innovative publishing initiatives


  • Endorsement of the broad remit and goals laid out in the Journal’s editorial mission
  • Innovative ideas for editorial initiatives and developments such as special issues, new article types, genres and formats
  • Commitment to open and even-handed treatment of all areas of relevant research, broadly conceived


  • High level of efficiency, with excellent management and administrative skills, and the ability to work to continual deadlines
  • High level of written language skills, and commitment to the publication of clearly presented and accessible scholarship
  • Ability to position the Journal within the rapidly changing publishing environment, especially regarding the Open Access landscape


  • Ability to lead and coordinate a collaborative editorial team scattered across different locations
  • A wide existing network of international contacts in the field
  • Ability to maintain ongoing relationships with an extensive constituency of scholars, in person and electronically, including the Journal’s Editorial Board
  • Ability to work closely with ACAMH, the JCPP Editor-in-Chief, the CAMH Editor-in-Chief, and the Publisher


  • Capacity to make a significant time allocation to the launch, operation and development of the Journal
  • Commitment to a minimum of three years’ editorship

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Stephen Scott or Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 31 May 2020. Applicants should send a covering letter, CV/résumé, a short 500 word assessment of the field nationally and internationally, and an outline of your vision for this Journal to Professor Stephen Scott or Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke.

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