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Open Call for Editor-In-Chief, Human Resource Development Review

Monday, January 9, 2017  

The submission deadline is January 31, 2017. 

We are pleased to announce an open call for Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Development Review (HRDR). In the 2016 Journal Citation Reports, HRDR’s impact factor was .659 in the highly competitive Management category.

Human Resource Development Review (HRD), published quarterly in collaboration with the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and Sage Publications, is a theory journal for scholars of human resource development and related disciplines. HRD publishes articles that make theoretical contributions to theory development, foundations of HRD, theory building methods, and integrative reviews of the literature, as well as addressing philosophies of HRD, historical foundations, definitions of the field, conceptual organization of the field, and ethical foundations.

Job Description

The Editor is responsible for the strategic direction of the journal and additional activities include:

  • Running the Editorial Board meetings, held at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas each February/March and when possible supplemented by Editorial Board meetings at the AHRD-sponsored conferences in Europe and Asia
    • This meeting includes delivering and discussing the annual reports from the Editorial team and the publisher (Sage)
  • Recruiting for and nominating Associate Editors (as needed)
  • Monitoring the SageTrack journal management system
  • Rendering final decisions on manuscripts
  • Maintaining a respected and well-functioning Editorial Board (which includes activities such as identifying and inviting new Board members and ensuring an effective Board composition)
  • Communicating as necessary with Sage publishing staff
  • Interacting with authors, reviewers, and Board members as necessary to meet journal goals
  • Ensuring each issue is uploaded for publishing on or before the deadlines established by Sage
  • Writing or inviting Editorials
  • Approving identified reviewers to review each manuscript (and identifying additional reviewers as necessary)
  • Ensuring the reviewing process is robust (which includes activities such as identifying new reviewers, removing unresponsive reviewers, updating reviewer search keywords, and improving reviewer feedback mechanisms)
  • Using the Sage stipend of $5,000/year to fund journal expenses as needed (e.g., funding the Managing Editor to attend the Board meeting, funding trips to conferences to market and recruit for the journal)
  • Coaching/Mentoring the In-Coming Editor-in-Chief for approximately six months
  • Conducting periodic reviews of the Associate Editor’s work, provide feedback and recommendations
  • Maintaining a performance evaluation system for the Associate and Managing Editors

The appointment to the Editor-in-Chief position is a 3-year term that will accompany the incoming Associate Editors terms, beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 31, 2020.

Qualifications for the Position

Applicants should possess a notable record of scholarly publications within the HRD community and related fields of study, have interest and previous experience in diverse content domains relevant to HRD, have support from their home institution to serve in the role. Specifically, applicants should obtain a letter of support specifying that their institution will provide a dedicated graduate assistant (20 hours per week) for the three-year period of the Editorship. The applicant may negotiate additional institutional supports (such as course release) as needed. Finally, the applicant should have a record of service as reviewer and/or track chair, special issue editor, or editorial board member of one or more major journals.

Although the official start date of the position will be July 1, 2017, successful candidates should expect that training and immersion into the role will commence prior, at a time mutually agreed upon. Self-nominations are encouraged and should include a letter that fully describes the candidate’s capability, experience, and commitment to serve in an Associate Editor role based upon the position requirements, as well as a full curriculum vita.

The submission deadline is January 31, 2017.  The decision will be announced in February, 2017.

Please submit all applications to

Academy of Human Resource Development

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