Editor-in-Chief needed for

Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities

31 July 2024

About the role

Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities is currently recruiting for an Editor-in-Chief. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in mental health, as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help further develop the profile of the journal and its impact in research in the field of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. As editor in chief, you will be responsible for the oversight and administration of a rigorous and proper peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of content of suitable scope and quality within an agreed publication timeframe. JMHRID is sponsored by the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (the NADD). The Editor will work alongside the NADD in the promotion and management of the journal, including through the assistance of a dedicated staff member who will provide editorial support on the journal.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

About the journal

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The Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, the official research journal of the NADD, is an international, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal with the purpose of reporting original scientific and scholarly contributions to advance knowledge about mental health issues among persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The journal addresses issues related to the full range of mental health concerns including neuro-developmental disorders /autism spectrum disorders, severe behavior problems, criminality, substance abuse, and genetic phenotypes across the life span. The journal seeks to publish empirically-based research such as epidemiological or observational studies, studies of prognosis and diagnosis, related to the development and/or prevention of mental health problems in persons with intellectual disabilities; development of screening and diagnostic instruments; clinical trials of psychosocial and pharmacological interventions including health economic evaluations, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, qualitative studies.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Ready to apply? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • The capacity to devote time each week to the role, and to attend Editorial Board meetings and training sessions as needed.
  • The ability to ensure all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system and ensure members of the editorial team do the same.
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A commitment to engaging promptly and efficiently with Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers to implement necessary processes and improvements.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour as well as knowledge of the COPE guidelines and commitment to ensure that the journal adheres to strict ethical standards at all times.
  • A willingness to proactively lead the journal’s Editorial Board, to include arranging and leading Editorial Board meetings.
  • A proven track record as a key opinion leader and known figure within your academic discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance and experience of networking through social media.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Editor-in-Chief is available on request. Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter and a Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 1 page and include:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
  • How you would work in partnership with the Editorial Board
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors

Requests for joint appointments will be considered per case.

For any questions or the role profile, please contact Professor Angela Hassiotis ([email protected])/


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The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.