Wanted: Editor-in-Chief for IJCP

Springer Nature and the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) announce an opportunity for an exceptional candidate to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy (IJCP).

IJCP, until 2010 called Pharmacy World & Science, is a bi-monthly, international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research data, new ideas and discussions on pharmacotherapy and outcome research, clinical pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, the clinical use of medicines, medical devices and laboratory tests, information on medicines and medical devices information, pharmacy services research, medication management, other clinical aspects of pharmacy.

IJCP is affiliated with the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP). ESCP promotes practice and research in clinical pharmacy, especially in Europe. The general aim of the society is to advance education, practice and research in clinical pharmacy.

Candidates should have a PhD, PharmD, or equivalent degree, and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical care and related practice-oriented subjects. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a strong research and publication record, and possess prior experience in peer-review activities related to the publication of research in clinical pharmacy.

Responsibilities include managing the peer review process of manuscripts under consideration by the journal, closely collaborating with the publisher and the ESCP to select Associate Editors and the Editorial Board, and commissioning submissions in areas of interest and scope. The Editor-in-Chief will work routinely with Springer Nature on journal development with the goal of furthering the journal’s impact and reach, and advancing the field of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care.

A full description of the responsibilities involved is appended to this announcement. The appointment will be for a three-year term, and include an editorial stipend covering all expenses for the journal, including but not limited to, secretarial office support, reimbursable expenses, and all remunerations.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, and a brief plan for improving the journal content and quality, to Senior Editor Dr. Hans Detlef Klueber at

Deadline for applications: October 9, 2020

Responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief are:

  • Working in consultation with Associate Editors or other Editors that may be appointed, the Editor-in-Chief will exercise control of the editorial development and editorial content of journal, and oversees the application of high editorial standards to all published contributions.
  • Supplying the Publisher with refereed and accepted manuscripts and other editorial material, prepared in accordance with the guidelines to authors.
  • Handling the submissions through the peer-review system in a timely manner, with the support of a provided Journal Editorial Office Assistant.
  • In consultation with Publisher, selecting Associate Editors and an Editorial Board that provides both international representation and diverse expertise.
  • If they desire, to periodically select Guest Editors who shall be responsible for soliciting and acquiring manuscripts for thematic issues of the journal.
  • To use their best efforts to promote and to assist Publisher in promoting the journal at relevant meetings and within the appropriate scientific communities.
  • Checking the content of the journal with a view to ensuring that there are no material infringing editorial policies. They will also promptly inform the Publisher of any resulting issues, and be available to discuss and support resulting issues.
  • Adhering to standards of editorial good practice, as defined in the Publisher’s Code of Conduct for Editors-in-Chief of its journals. The Code is based on guidelines and best practice recommendations issued by organizations such as the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).
  • Participating in Springer Nature’s Transfer Service by offering the transfer option, where appropriate, to authors whose manuscripts have been rejected from the journal, and considering manuscripts received by through the Transfer Service.

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