International Society for Quality of Life Research
International Society for Quality of Life Research

ISOQOL Seeking Applicants for Co-Editor-in-Chief for Quality of Life Research Journal

About the Journal

Quality of Life Research (QLR) is an official journal of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), and is one of the key international outlets for research in health-related quality of life and health outcomes. The journal is published 12 times a year by Springer, one of the largest publishers of scientific books and journals. In 2017, the journal received 1447 manuscript submissions and accepted 277 manuscripts for publication. The journal editorial board is currently composed of two co-editors-in-chief (EiC), and 16 associate editors (AEs) representing a broad range of professional disciplines and research areas.

About the Position

The journal is seeking a Co-Editor-in-Chief with a strong scientific background in the field of health-related quality of life and health outcomes research, with a keen interest in and commitment to a rigorous but equitable peer-review process, and preferably with previous editorial experience.

The next EiC will work with the current EiC and editorial board to continue to lead of an already outstanding and well-functioning journal. At the same time, the incoming EiC will be expected to put his/her own imprint on the journal. There will be opportunities to expand or shift the editorial focus of the journal, and to create new journal features.

Importantly, the responsibilities and tasks of the EiC are primarily scientific in nature; responsibility for the business and financial management of the journal rest with the publisher and the ISOQOL board and executive management team. The editorial management process – from initial manuscript submission to final editorial decision – is now fully automated, making use of Editorial Manager, a sophisticated, web-based system. The Springer team provides excellent logistical support to the EiC and the AEs.

The term is for 4 years. The applicant should be in a position to commit a substantial and sustained amount of time (minimally 10 hours per week) to the journal. The Co-Editor-in-Chief position receives an annual stipend.

The new Co-Editor-in-Chief begins work on the journal in July of 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities

 The EiCs are responsible for overall editorial policy, planning and coordination. The day-to-day responsibilities of the EiC include:

  1. initial screening of manuscript submissions for relevance and quality;
  2. assignment of manuscripts to members of the editorial board (including him/herself) for further peer review;
  3. maintaining close contact with the editorial office at Springer, which coordinates the logistics of the editorial management process;
  4. advising the editorial board and the editorial management team on matters arising both of a general policy nature, and regarding specific manuscripts.

How to Apply

Applications for the Co-Editor-in-Chief position should be sent to the ISOQOL office at The application period is open until 18 January 2019.

The application should include a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position, outlining his/her ideas for the future of the journal including how it can respond to the changing landscape of scientific publishing, names of two references relevant to the position, and a curriculum vita.


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