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IPA Announces Call for Editor-in-Chief of the International Psychogeriatrics

Application Deadline:  15 January 2017

Applicants are sought for the position of Editor-in-Chief of International Psychogeriatrics, the prestigious academic journal (2015 impact factor – 2.22) owned by the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and currently published twelve times per year by Cambridge University Press (CUP). The appointment will be for four years (January 2018 to December 2021) and the successful applicant will be eligible for re-appointment for a second four-year term (2022-2025) as determined by the IPA Board of Directors. Applicants are sought now, so that the successful candidate can be appointed and enable the editor-elect to work closely with the current editor, Nicola Lautenschlager, to master the duties prior to assuming the position.

Responsibilities of the editor-in-chief include the arrangement of peer review for submitted articles, deciding which reviewed articles can be published, commissioning of editorials, book reviews, debates and other articles from time to time, timely communication with authors and other correspondents and reporting regularly to IPA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors on the status, direction and development of the journal. To assist himself or herself in the editorial duties, the editor will appoint at least 2 deputy editors, up to 40 associate editors, a book review editor and a statistical consultant to the journal’s editorial panel and will be supported on that panel by 8 former editors of the journal. In consultation with these colleagues the editor will be expected to set goals and policy directions for the journal and to improve and enhance its relevance, reputation and importance within the academic discipline of psychogeriatrics/old age psychiatry. The position is unpaid, but a stipend is available for the editorial office. The position will be supported by an editorial assistant whose exact hours and location of work will be determined in consultation with CUP and IPA. In addition to the current 12 published issues, an average of 1 to 2 supplements to the Journal are published each year. The time commitment is approximately 40-60 hours per issue.

The successful applicant will have considerable experience in the academic discipline of psychogeriatrics/old age psychiatry, will have published widely in academic journals and will have some experience of editing or assisting with the editing of an academic journal (e.g., at the level of at least associate editor) or newsletter. The successful applicant will be, or will be willing to become, a member of IPA. 

Job Responsibilities

All interested candidates should apply electronically by submitting the following by 15 January 2017 to

  • Short version of Curriculum Vitae (CV) – no longer than two double-spaced typed pages in length 
  • Statement of Interest and Eligibility – no longer than two double-spaced typed pages in length
  • 3 Letters of reference – Letters should be sent directly by the reference to the IPA Secretariat; at least one letter of reference should be from a current member of the IPA Board of Directors

The deadline for application is 15 January 2017. Enquiries about the responsibilities of the position may be addressed to the current editor Nicola Lautenschlager ( and/or to the IPA Executive Director, Kate Filipiak ( and will be treated in the strictest of confidence.



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