Annals of Neurology Editor-in-Chief Job Description

The joint American Neurological Association (ANA) and Child Neurology Society (CNS) Annals of Neurology Oversight Committee is seeking applicants for the next Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief will serve an initial term of 4 years, effective with the January 2022 issue.

Applications are due by Friday, November 6, 2020. Please send applications and any questions related to the EiC search to

Position Summary

The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Annals of Neurology sets the editorial direction and has final authority for the selection and quality of all content published in the journal. The EiC is expected to have a broad knowledge of neurology and a clearly articulated vision for the journal.


The EiC will be responsible for structuring and overseeing the performance of the Annals of Neurology Editorial Board, including appointing of a team of Associate Editors. The Editorial Board is expected to consist of a broad and diverse group of individuals, representing different fields of neurology, and from outside of the EiC’s own institution. The EiC is ultimately responsible for setting the journal’s standards for manuscript acceptance, while establishing an infrastructure to ensure rapid and fair peer-review.

The EiC has responsibility for all publication decisions and will maintain oversight of the submission and review of manuscripts. With the input of the Associate Editors, the EiC will develop a pool of reviewers representing the broad scope of the specialty. The EiC will be committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the publication process. The EiC’s day-to-day responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Cultivating a diverse and global team of Associate Editors and an Editorial Board (from outside the EiC’s home institution) that are representative of the specialty and subject matter of the journal
  • Working collaboratively with the EiC of Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology (ACTN)
  • Attracting submissions from authors representing the diversity of ANA and CNS membership and the global academic neurology community
  • Establishing appropriate and well-defined peer-review procedures and ensuring an unbiased and faithfully executed review process
  • Setting standards for desk rejections and, working with the ACTN EiC, transfers to ACTN
  • Delivering adequate inventory of high-quality manuscripts per an agreed-upon publication schedule
  • Maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of each author’s work while it is under peer review
  • Corresponding with authors, editors, and reviewers regarding peer review and manuscript decisions
  • Handling incidents of error and allegations of misconduct, and as appropriate, keeping the Oversight Committee and the publisher informed.  

The Annals of Neurology EiC will be supported by a virtual editorial office, through an agreement between an industry leading editorial services firm and ANA. At the direction of the EiC, the editorial office will be responsible for managing all administrative aspects of the peer review process including communications with authors and reviewers, generating and reporting editorial statistics, overseeing production quality, and interacting with the production team at Wiley. As needed, the editorial office will train the EiC, Associate Editors, and Editorial Board members on the Scholar One editorial system. The EiC and editorial office will work with the publishing team on strategic initiatives, however, the ANA  Board of Directors manages the business aspects of the partnership with Wiley.

The EiC serves as an ex officio member of the ANA Board of Directors and is supported by the joint ANA/CNS Annals of Neurology Oversight Committee. The EiC delivers an annual report to the ANA Board of Directors on the editorial performance of journal, including key editorial statistics and notable editorial activities. Additionally, the EiC chairs an annual Editorial Board Meeting during the ANA Annual Meeting and will participate in journal publishing strategy meetings.

Qualifications and Required Skills

The EiC will be committed to maintaining the journal’s reputation for high-quality and timely publication and will be a global ambassador for Annals of Neurology on behalf of ANA and CNS. The Annals of Neurology EiC must:

  • Be an active member of the ANA
  • Be a recognized expert in academic neurology with broad knowledge of the field
  • Have a background that reflects high standards in research and publication
  • Be in a position to attract respected experts to serve as Associate Editors
  • Possess significant editorial experience with a scholarly journal and an understanding of the online editorial process
  • Be fair and trustworthy while possessing the ability to make difficult decisions
  • Be interested in the evolving business models and relevant technological advances in publishing
  • Have a willingness to explore innovations in publishing and the use of social media and technology tools as a means of enhancing journal usage and author interest
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, organizational and communication skills, with a focus on service and positive author experiences.
  • Be well versed in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and ensure these practices within the editorial board and associate editors as well.

The EiC will perform the editorial obligations in a manner consistent with the highest standards of professionalism, competence, integrity, and ethics, and not engage in any conduct that may bring harm or disrepute upon the journal, ANA or CNS.  


The EiC will serve for an initial term of 4-years, assuming full responsibility for Annals of Neurology with the January 2022 issue. Beginning in Q3 2021, the incoming EiC will be expected to work alongside the outgoing EiC during the transition of editorial responsibilities and editorial office operations. The EiC and new editorial office will begin handling new manuscript submissions as of October 1, 2021.  At the discretion of the ANA Board of Directors, the EiC’s contract may be renewed for an additional 4-year term. At the end of his/her term, the EiC will ensure the seamless transition of editorial responsibilities.


The ANA is committed to equal opportunities for all. All applicants for the EiC position will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates may apply for the EiC position by submitting an application package including a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest summarizing your qualifications and describing your vision for Annals of Neurology. Applicants are encouraged to address the following in their application:

  • How do you propose structuring the journal’s Editorial Board, particularly a team of Associate Editors, to ensure diverse representation across the different areas of neurology and in terms of origin, gender, and geography? (NOTE: candidates advancing to an interview will be asked for a plan detailing the proposed composition of the Editorial Board)
  • As EiC, what about Annals of Neurology would you want to change? Keep the same?
  • What do you see published in other journals that you would like to see in Annals?
  • What are your thoughts on the “journal of the future”? Any ideas for innovations in terms of content as well as journal operations?
  • How would you optimize the contributions of Annals of Neurology in relation to ACTN?

Applications will be reviewed and considered by the Annals of Neurology Oversight Committee who will make a recommendation to the ANA Board of Directors (who will select the EiC in Q1 2021). Applications must be received no later than Friday, November 6, 2020. Submit applications to

About Annals of Neurology

Annals of Neurology is an official journal of the American Neurological Association (ANA) and the Child Neurology Society (CNS). Owned by ANA and published in partnership with Wiley, Annals of Neurology ( publishes articles of broad interest in neurology, particularly those with potential for high impact in understanding the mechanisms and treatment of diseases of the human nervous system. The journal covers all areas of clinical and basic neuroscience, including new technologies, cellular and molecular neurobiology, population sciences, and studies of behavior, addiction, and psychiatric diseases. Published monthly, Annals of Neurology’s 2019 Journal Impact Factor is 9.037 ranking 9th of 204 journals in Clinical Neurology and 18th of 271 journals in Neuroscience (Clarivate Journal Citation Reports).